Tens of thousands of Indian farmers on Sunday intensified their protests against three new agricultural laws aimed at overhauling food grain procurement and pricing rules by allowing private companies direct access to the vast agrarian sector.
Angry farmers staged demonstrations near New Delhi after rejecting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assurances that the laws would double farmers’ income, reported Reuters. Six rounds of talks between government officials and farmer union leaders have failed to resolve the challenge faced by Modi’s government.
And like other social issues, the farmers' protest divided Bollywood, with the likes of Kangana Ranaut and Vivek Agnihotri choosing to side with the government. But acknowledging the lack of cooperation demonstrated by the Indian government, Pakistani actor Hamza Ali Abbasi has tweeted in support of the farmers.
"My heartfelt respect for the protesting farmers of India," he wrote.
My heartfelt RESPECT for the protesting Farmers of India.— Hamza Ali Abbasi (@iamhamzaabbasi) December 14, 2020
Earlier, Indian celebrities including Diljit Dosanjh, Priety Zinta, Riteish Deshmukh, Richa Chadha, Hansal Mehta, Anubhav Sinha among others had lent their support to the farmers while voicing their plight.
Dosanjh was the first to show solidarity, following which he personally went to the Delhi border to join them in protest. Deshmukh then took to Twitter saying, “If you eat today, thank a farmer. I stand in solidarity with every farmer in our country. #JaiKisaan.”
Zinta also tweeted saying, “My heart goes out to the farmers and their families protesting in the cold in this pandemic. They are the soldiers of the soil that keep our country going. I sincerely hope the talks between the farmers and government yield positive results soon so all is resolved. #Farmerprotests #Rabrakha.”
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