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Celebrities Divided Over Farmer’s Protest in Delhi on Republic Day

Soon after the annual Republic Day parade ended on Tuesday in New Delhi, farmers, who have been protesting against the new farming laws for months, broke through police barricades to storm the Red Fort complex, reported BBC.


Pictures and videos from the clash went viral on social media. Several members of the film fraternity, including actors Kangana Ranaut, Swara Bhasker, and Taapsee Pannu voiced their opinions about the protest.

Posting a video on Twitter, Ranaut said in Hindi that such incidents were humiliating for the nation, and called out those who supported the farmer’s agitation. She also asked the authorities to jail those who were in favour of the “so-called” protests. In tweets, she called out Diljit Dosanjh and Priyanka Chopra Jonas, who had earlier shown support for the farmers.

In a tweet, she wrote, “Today I want to say each and every Indian who is supporting these riots is also a terrorist including anti national brands.”

While Bhasker re-tweeted several videos from the protest and showed her solidarity for the farmers, director and choreographer Farah Khan wrote in a tweet, “Every Bill has pros and cons & everything can be discussed & worked out amicably but when a Govt is adamant & only promotes those in favour of them, there is bound to be dissent.”

Pannu shared a screenshot of two news articles, one of which mentioned the police throwing tear gas shells at the farmers.

Actor Gul Panag tweeted, “It appears that the government has got what it wanted, from day one! It was waiting for an opportunity to show the entire protest in poor light, by design or default.”

Music composer Vishal Dadlani, actor Ranvir Shorey also showed their support to the farmers on social media.

Some celebrities, like Payal Ghosh, condemned the violence and wrote, “their whole motive is to downgrade India and to defame the country”

Along with reactions to the protest, the hashtag #GodiMediaStopMisleading was trending on the micro-blogging website. Many people posted videos from the protest and spoke against the “misleading” videos posted by some news channels, as renowned journalists like Navika Kumar, Barkha Dutt, Shekar Gupta, and Rajdeep Sardesai were voicing their opinions regarding the protest.

In the videos, protestors said that the media was biased towards them and was attempting to show the protest as violent and disorganised.