“I agree with my Malayali co-citizens, True Gods knows right from wrong. God does not call wrong right because it is an “internal matter”. Ashamed of such Gods with bats of wood and feet of clay and jelly for spine,” All India Trinamool Congress Lok Sabha Member of Parliament, Mahua Moitra, tweeted on Saturday, calling out legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar for his tweet against farmers protest.
Tendulkar is one among majority bloc of cricketers and celebrities who appeared on twitter defending Modi government against the growing global attention on farmers protest happening across India.
India’s ‘Twitter defence’ campaign began after global sensation, Rihanna, shared a news about India’s internet shutdown in national capital published by CNN.
Rihanna asked “why aren’t we talking about this?”, sparking global attention on the largest protest in history of mankind.
“India’s sovereignty cannot be compromised. External forces can be spectators but not participants. Indians know India and should decide for India. Let’s remain united as a nation”. Sachin Tendulkar tweeted, aligning with the position of India’s Ministry of External Affairs.
Tendulkar who was once a Rajya Sabha MP for Congress, used hashtag #IndiaTogether #IndiaAgainstPropaganda resembling the social media posts of right-wing sympathizers.
This is the rare occasion Sachin is caught for overt display of support for BJP led Central government. Sachin always stayed away from controversies, painting a philanthropist image after retirement.
India’s hardline retaliation on social media backfired after many international influencers joined Rihanna and came out in support for farmers protest.
Indian right-wing groups furiously responded to global validation against Modi government by burning images of Climate activist Greta Thunberg and Rihanna on streets and unleashing cyber bullying campaigns.
Moitra agreed with Malayalis who flooded Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova’s Facebook page with apologies for their anger in 2014 when she replied, “I don’t,” to a question whether she knows Sachin.
Farmers protest which began besieging Delhi since November last year is demanding India to repeal new farm laws which exploits farmers.