Tribune News Service
New Delhi, February 3
The government joined the battle being fought on the Internet over the farmers’ agitation by dismissing tweets by top international celebrities as having been prompted by vested interest groups that were behind the Red Fort violence.
The government also advised the celebrities to ascertain facts and get a proper understanding of the issues before rushing to comment on such matters.
“The temptation of sensationalist social media hashtags and comments, especially when resorted to by celebrities and others, is neither accurate nor responsible,” said the MEA in a statement.
It said it was unfortunate to see vested interest groups trying to enforce their agenda on these protests, and derail them as was the case on January 26, the anniversary of the inauguration of the Constitution, which was “besmirched, and violence and vandalism” took place in the national capital.
The MEA said some of these vested interest groups had also tried to mobilise international support against India. These fringe elements instigated the desecration of Mahatma Gandhi’s statues in parts of the world. “This is extremely disturbing for India and for civilised society everywhere,” it said.
Some of these vested interest groups had also tried to mobilise international support against India, the MEA said.
Parliament, after a full debate and discussion, passed legislation relating to the agricultural sector which will give expanded market access and provide greater flexibility to farmers. The laws will also pave the way for economically and ecologically sustainable farming, it said to counter child environmental activist Greta Thunberg’s opinion.
The MEA said it was a “very small section of farmers who have some reservations” about these reforms. Respecting their sentiments, the government has initiated a series of talks with their representatives. Union Ministers have been part of the negotiations, and 11 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, it pointed out.
Commending the police forces for having handled the protests with utmost restraint, the MEA said it must be noted that hundreds of policemen and women had been physically attacked, and in some cases stabbed and seriously wounded.
We would like to emphasise that these protests must be seen in the context of India’s democratic ethos and polity, and the efforts of the government and the farmer groups concerned to resolve the impasse.