Lata Mangeshkar speaks on global support for farmers' protests
Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar on Wednesday joined Indian personalities, including Sachin Tendulkar, Akshay Kumar, and Ajay Devgn, supporting the government's stand on the ongoing farmers' protests, saying that the country is capable of solving problems amicably. Mangeshkar's statement came after the Ministry of External Affairs reacted sharply to comments by international pop star Rihanna, teen climate activist Greta Thunberg and others on farmers' protests.
Host of international stars have commented on the protests
"The temptation of sensationalist social media hashtags and comments are neither accurate nor responsible," the Ministry of External Affairs said as the international spotlight swiveled to the protests and a host of stars, including singer Jay Sean and actor John Cusack, turned their attention to it. Mangeshkar, 91, took to Twitter and shared a note, with the hashtag #IndiaTogether and #IndiaAgainstPropaganda.
India fully equipped to resolve issues amicably: Mangeshkar
MEA's official statement against international reactions
Other personalities that have slammed international propaganda
Cricketers Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane also made similar appeals, using the hashtag #IndiaTogether. Several Bollywood stars joined top central ministers to criticize the half-truths of international forces. Akshay Kumar was among the first to share the MEA statement, saying efforts to solve the issue are evident. Ajay Devgn, Kangana Ranaut, and Karan Johar also urged people to be wary of false propaganda.
Let us stay united: Kohli
Let us all stay united in this hour of disagreements. Farmers are an integral part of our country and I'm sure an amicable solution will be found between all parties to bring about peace and move forward together. #IndiaTogether— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) February 3, 2021
Don't pay attention to those creating differences: Kumar
Farmers constitute an extremely important part of our country. And the efforts being undertaken to resolve their issues are evident. Let’s support an amicable resolution, rather than paying attention to anyone creating differences. 🙏🏻#IndiaTogether #IndiaAgainstPropaganda https://t.co/LgAn6tIwWp— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) February 3, 2021
Protests have been going on for more than two months
Farmers are demanding the repeal of the three farm laws and a legal guarantee of minimum support price for their crops. The protest sites have been turned into fortresses with police putting up multilayer barricades and concertina wires to stop the movement of vehicles. The strengthened security measures at the agitation sites come after the violence during the Republic Day tractor parade.