The Hindustan Times announced that various farmers in India, represented by farmers’ unions mainly from Punjab and Haryana, have protested what they see as unfair farming laws passed by Parliament.
They hunkered down at the Delhi border, and on Tuesday, December 8, a nationwide strike was announced. And the farmer’s strike, like other social issues, has also divided Bollywood, with Kangana Ranaut and Vivek Agnihotri opting to side with the government.
But the farmers have been sponsored by celebrities like Diljit Dosanjh, Priety Zinta, Riteish Deshmukh, Richa Chadha, Hansal Mehta, Anubhav Sinha and others. Dosanjh was the first to demonstrate unity on social media with farmers, after which he personally went to the border with Delhi to join them in protest.
“Deshmukh then took to Twitter, saying Thank a farmer if you eat today. I stand with every farmer in our country in solidarity. #JaiKisaan.’
Mehta, on the other hand, after he posted a video propagating a conspiracy that the demonstrators were not really farmers, slammed director Vivek Agnihotri on Twitter. “Mock them as always and as always, do not listen to them,” he said. Though Chadha shared, “For those who wonder why farmers are protesting, read up on how for the past two decades, Downwards Arrow India has faced an agrarian crisis.”
A year, 12,000 farmers commit suicide, which is more than 30 a day! And still, this is the largest outrage by individuals who put food on our plates,’ she said.
The plight of these men of the land was also tweeted by Zinta. “My heart goes out to the farmers and their families protesting in the cold in this pandemic. They are the warriors of the land who are keeping our nation alive. I truly hope that the talks between the farmers and the government will soon show meaningful outcomes so that all is solved. #Farmerprotests #Rabrakha.”
“As for Sinha, who has addressed social issues such as domestic violence and cast-based discrimination in movies of late, tweeted saying, “Ravi, Jhelum, Sutlej, Chenab, Beas have something special in these five rivers’ waters. Sindabad! Zindabad! He applied to the five Punjab rivers, which is why the state is called what it is.