When American pop singer Rihanna had extended her voice of support to the other side of the world, she couldn't have imagined that the other side would throwback the gift pack with the awful responses and the identity of religion on her. With her tweet in support of the protesting farmers, the supporters of the Central ruling party had got a talking point to re-vow in their branding of farmers as terrorists.
Powered with the overwhelming majority in People's house and the propaganda of the major religion in the country, the Central ruling BJP has been cooking the unfit recipe to India and its standards - identity politics, which is the illegitimate branding model on the parties and people that stood against it. Serving the recipe to its supporters, the saffron party is vehemently upholding identity politics based on religion and caste to curb the voices of the critics, opposition, and activists.
The supporters of the Central ruling party didn't spare the protesting farmers, who have been agitating for over two months now with their demand of repealing the three controversial farm laws passed by the Central government. While the Center appealed to the farmers to back off from the protests before the cameras, it had failed to control its members who called the peasants the terrorists. Aftermath the violence during Republic Day, the brand of terrorists had gone high with many claiming that the anti-nationals had intruded into the protests.
International pop singer Rihanna is the latest victim of identity politics after she extended her support to the protesting farmers in Delhi. What has been a remark of voicing in favor of farmers has now become a remark that prefixed the identity politics. On Tuesday, Rihanna took to Twitter and shared a news link of CNN in which it had covered India cuts internet around New Delhi. Sharing the link, Rihanna said, "Why aren't we talking about this? #FarmersProtest".
While her tweet had widely gained attention in foreign countries like the US and the UK, the country which is in the receiver end- India, wasn't pleased with her remark and sparing no time, the singer has been applied with the identity politics, researching her original religion. When Bollywood star Kangana Ranaut furiously rose as if her country was strongly insulted by the adversary and called Rihanna a fool, most of the Tweeple in India had spent their quality time researching whether Rihanna is a Muslim.
According to reports, many Indians have googled to search her religion and straightly raised the question of Is Rihanna Muslim?. While some of the Tweeple had said that Rihanna's tweet will highlight the ongoing farmers' protests in the country to the international media, some had reacted that the pop star shouldn't take about things she doesn't know about, but most of the people had searched her religion and whether she is a Muslim.
Castigating her remark, Bollywood star Kangana Ranaut said, "No one is talking about it because they are not farmers, they are terrorists who are trying to divide India so that China can take over our vulnerable broken nation and make it a Chinese colony much like the USA... Sit down you fool, we are not selling our nation like you dummies." Through her tweet, Kangana had shown that she is not ready to accept Rihanna's remarks and anyone's remarks that the protesting farmers are farmers.
While Kangana Ranaut went hard on Rihanna, the pop singer has also garnered support in Bollywood. According to reports, Bollywood actors like Swara Bhasker and Richa Chadha, who have been voicing in favor of farmers, have supported Rihanna's statement concerned about the farmers. Along with them, Bollywood actors Sonu Sood, Taapsee Pannu, Diljit Dosanjh, and Hansel Mehta had supported the farmers which most of the big shots stayed off from extending their support.
Rihanna's remark has come after the Union Home Ministry had suspended the internet communications in the borders of Delhi where thousands of farmers are protesting. Claudia Webbe, who is an MP from the United Kingdom, had thanked Rihanna for her support for farmers. Taking to Twitter, Webbe said, "Solidarity to the Indian Farmers. Thank you Rihanna. In an era where political leadership is lacking we are grateful for others stepping forward".
Meena Harris, the niece of US Vice President Kamala Harris, had also shown her support for Rihanna and farmers. Taking to Twitter, Meena Harris said, "It’s no coincidence that the world’s oldest democracy was attacked not even a month ago, and as we speak, the most populous democracy is under assault. This is related. We ALL should be outraged by India’s internet shutdowns and paramilitary violence against farmer protesters." Mia Khalifa and climate activist Greta Thunberg had also extended their support and solidarity to the protesting farmers.
No one is talking about it because they are not farmers they are terrorists who are trying to divide India, so that China can take over our vulnerable broken nation and make it a Chinese colony much like USA...— Kangana Ranaut (@KanganaTeam) February 2, 2021
Sit down you fool, we are not selling our nation like you dummies. https://t.co/OIAD5Pa61a
It’s no coincidence that the world’s oldest democracy was attacked not even a month ago, and as we speak, the most populous democracy is under assault. This is related. We ALL should be outraged by India’s internet shutdowns and paramilitary violence against farmer protesters. https://t.co/yIvCWYQDD1 pic.twitter.com/DxWWhkemxW— Meena Harris (@meenaharris) February 2, 2021