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Amit Shah on Rihanna’s farmer protest tweet says “India Stands United”

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday evening became the senior most government official to warn of the “temptation of sensationalist social media hashtags and comments”, a public furore that started on micro-blogging site in support of protesting farmers against government’s new farm laws, after a tweet was dropped by American pop star Rihanna.

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Defending the increasing favour for the protesting farmers, Shah too joined the growing list of BJP politicians and leaders, and celebrities tweeting against this “propaganda” that threatens national unity.

“No propaganda can deter India’s unity! No propaganda can stop India to attain new heights! Propaganda can not decide India’s fate only ‘Progress’ can. India stands united and together to achieve progress,” Shah tweet read.

On Tuesday evening, the pop star with over 100 million followers on Twitter, wrote, “Why aren’t we talking about this #FarmersProtest?” and shared an article on the farmers’ protest by American american.

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Her tweet surely got everyone’s attention on the internet and in no time people from evry nook and corner of the world were talking and condemning this brutality against the Indian farmers who have been protesting since November 26 on the roads of Delhi.

Responding to Rihanna’s tweet, teen climate activist Greta Thunberg, Lebanese-American model Mia Khalifa, UK and US top officials amid hundreds of other big personalities took to their twitter account to address the grievance of protesting Indian farmers.

To note, both Rihanna and adult film star Khalifa were labelled “anti-national” today by the BJP’s Sambit Patra.

Rihanna’s tweet also triggered Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut, who is called the ‘puppet’ of BJP, with responses from actors Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty and Ajay Devgn, filmmaker Karan Johar, and a number of union ministers.

This row started by Rihanna also initiated a response from the government, which not mentioning Rihanna though highlighted “vested interest groups trying to enforce their agenda… tried to mobilise international support against India…”

“A very small section of farmers in parts of India have some reservations about these reforms,” the government said, referring to two months long protest that has seen tens of thousands of farmers across the nation calling out against the fresh farm laws which they call “anti-farm” or “black laws”.

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Furthermore, the farmers are adamant to get these laws replead while, the ruling government has refused to budge from its decision to implement these laws alleging they will be beneficial for the farmers.

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