Global pop stars like Rihanna and activists like Greta Thunberg took to Twitter on February 3, 2021, pulling the world’s attention to the ongoing farmers’ protests in India. Since then, there has been an increasing international support for India’s farmers’ movement, with many international celebrities, politicians and social workers openly coming out in support of the Indian farmers. This overwhelming support to the farmers’ struggle which is critiquing the Narendra Modi led central government was frowned upon by the Ministry of External Affairs. The ministry also issued a statement noting that the farmers’ struggle is an internal issue of the country and also instructed the global celebrities and politicians to not interfere. This statement of MEA was issued with hashtags, ‘IndiaTogether’ and ‘India Against Propaganda’ as a response against the then trending #FarmersProtest.
Anil Kumble, former player of the Indian cricket team, using these hashtags provided by the central government, came out in support of the central government and said, “India as the world’s largest democracy is capable of solving its internal problems amicably.” Kannadigas have strongly reacted against this statement by Kumble. They asked him why he wasn’t concerned about those farmers who died during the course of the ongoing protests in Delhi; Kumble was also asked if he didn’t see the international repute of the country being dragged to muds when its own citizens were protesting in the national capital in harsh winter and dieing. They advised him to stand up for the people and not be enslaved by the ruling party, if he wanted to be recorded in the books of history. They told him, ‘you should be ashamed of yourself’.
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) February 3, 2021
Samyukta Karnataka Horata an umbrella forum of several farmers’, workers’, and dalit organisations in Karnataka said, “ ever since the protests started more than one hundred farmers have died. We here in Karnataka have been protesting against the state and central government amendments to the farm laws, since September. Dear Kumble, did you ever ask these farmers as to why they were protesting. Why are you tweeting now? Your stand in the matter is very hurtful.”
ನೂರಕ್ಕು ಹೆಚ್ಚು ರೈತರು ಸತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ,ಪ್ರತಿಭಟನೆ ಶುರುವಾದಾಗಿಂದ. ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದಲ್ಲಿ ಸೆಪ್ಟೆಂಬರ್ ಇಂದ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ಹಾಗು ಕೇಂದ್ರದ ಕೃಷಿ ಕಾಯಿದೆ ತಿದಗದುಪಡಿಗಳನ್ನ ವಿರೋಧಿಸುತಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ಒಮ್ಮೆಯಾದರು ಬಂದು ನಮ್ಮ ರೈತರು ಏಕೆ ಹೊರಾಡುತಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಕೇಳಿದಿರೆ ಕುಂಬ್ಳೆ ಅವರೆ ? ಈಗ ಏನು ಟ್ವೀಟ್ಮಾಡೋದು. ನಿಮ್ಮ ನಿಲುವು ಬಹಳ ನೋವು ತಂದಿದೆ
— Samyuktahorata (@samyuktahorata) February 3, 2021
Renowned Kannada writer Srinivasa Karkala said, “Human rights violations are not the internal affairs of any country.”
BTW, FYI Human Rights violation is not an internal matter of any country. pic.twitter.com/XVt8w2zTDp
— Shrinivas Karkala (@s_karkala) February 3, 2021
Chetan Krishna asked, “being a Kannadiga, how could you be a mouth piece of this destructive government?”
ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರಾಗಿ ನೀವು ಇಂತಹ ಮನೆ ಹಾಳು ಸರಕಾರಕ್ಕೆ ಬಕೆಟ್ ಹಿಡಿತ ಇರೋದು ನ್ಯಾಯನ? ತೂ
— Chetan Krishna 🇮🇳 (@ckchetanck) February 3, 2021
Rekha Srinivas, a social activist wrote, “no one said a word when Trump called India dirty. It is amusing to hear all the noise against the international celebrities who are empathetic with the farmers’ cause. May there be some loyalty towards farmers who have fed you”.
ಅಮೇರಿಕದ ಮಾಜಿ ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷ ಟ್ರಮ್ಪ್ ಭಾರತವನ್ನು ಕೊಳಕು ದೇಶ ಅಂದಾಗ ಯಾರು ಮಾತಾಡಲಿಲ್ಲ ಆದ್ರೆ ಇಲ್ಲಿನ ರೈತರ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಅನುಕಂಪ ತೋರಿಸಿದ ವಿದೇಶಿಯರು ಮಾಡಿದ ಒಂದೇ ಒಂದು ಬರಹಕ್ಕೆ ಎಷ್ಟು ಮಾತಾಡುತಿರೋ. ಇಷ್ಟು ದಿನ ರೈತ ಬೆಳೆದ ಅನ್ನ ತಿಂದಿದ್ದಕ್ಕಾದ್ರು ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ನಿಯತ್ತು ಇರಲಿ.
— Rekha Srinivas (@RekhaSri590) February 3, 2021
Kannada activist Dinesh Kumar said, “Didn’t you think of the prestige and reputation of the country when you read about hundreds of farmers died because of the cold at the protest sites? Where was your self respect when farmers were attacked and fake cases being filed against them? You should be ashamed of yourself for selling yourself to the ruling party”.
ನೂರಕ್ಕೂ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ರೈತರು ದಿಲ್ಲಿಯ ಕೊರೆಯುವ ಚಳಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸತ್ತುಹೋದಾಗ ದೇಶದ ಘನತೆ, ಮರ್ಯಾದೆಯ ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆ ಎದೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮೂಡಲಿಲ್ಲವೇ? ರೈತರ ಮೇಲೆ ದಾಳಿಯಾದಾಗ, ಸುಳ್ಳು ಕೇಸು ಹಾಕಿದಾಗ ನಿಮ್ಮ ಆತ್ಮಸಾಕ್ಷಿ ಎಲ್ಲಿತ್ತು ಸರ್? ಆಳುವ ಪಕ್ಷದ ಗುಲಾಮಗಿರಿ ಮಾಡುವುದಕ್ಕಿಂತ ಜನರ ಪರವಾಗಿ ನಿಂತುಕೊಳ್ಳಿ. ಇತಿಹಾಸ ನೆನಪಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತದೆ. Shame on you
— Dinesh Kumar Dinoo (@dinoosacham) February 3, 2021