India Hits Back At Foreign Celebs For Supporting Farmers
New Delhi: India has hit out at “vested interest groups” for imposing, as the government said, their agenda on farmers’ protest after a wave of support to these ongoing protests from celebrities in the West.
Before Rushing to comment on such matters, the MEA said in a statement, “we urge that facts be ascertained, and a proper understanding of the issues at hand be untertaken”.
Among those who had expressed solidarity with the farmers on Twitter were pop star Rihanna, environmental activists Greta Thunberg and also US Vice-President Kamala Harris‘ lawyer niece Meena Harris.
As it sought to prevent the protests from going global, the government, said that the Indian Parliament, after a full deabate and discussion, passed reformist legiltion relation to the agricultural sector. These reforms, it said, gave expanded market access and provided greater flexibility to farmers, aprt from paving the way for economically and eclologically sustainable farming.
The government also claimed that a very small section of farmers in parts of India had “some reservations” about these reforms.
“Respecting the sentiments of the protestors, the government of India has initiated a series of talks with their representatives. Union Ministers have been part of the negotiations, and eleven rounds of talks have already been held. The Government has even offered to keep the laws on hold, an offer iterated by no less than the Prime Minister of India,” it said.
“Yet, it is unfortunate to see vested interest groups trying to enforce their agenda on these protests, and derail them. This was egregiously witnessed on January 26, India’s Republic Day. A cherished national commemoraion, the anniversary of the inaugration of the Constitution of India, was besmirched, and violence and vandalism took place in the Indian capital,” added the govt.