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Rihanna's Farmers' Protest Tweet Was Described As Irresponsible By Officials In India

Officials in India have responded after Rihanna’s farmers’ protest tweet ended up going viral on Tuesday evening.

On February 2, the world-famous singer took to Twitter to speak out about the ongoing protests in India, sharing a CNN article and asking “why aren’t we talking about this?!”

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Within a number of hours, her post had been shared over 200,000 times and had received thousands of responses.

Several high-profile individuals, including people like Greta Thunberg and Jagmeet Singh, repeated Rihanna’s message or praised her for speaking out.

Canada's NDP leader, who has chatted with the singer in the past, thanked her for "consistently uplifting and empowering the voices of the oppressed."

However, India's external affairs ministry responded to say that “the temptation of sensationalist social media hashtags and comments, especially when resorted to by celebrities and others, is neither accurate nor responsible.”

Pragyan Ojha, a well-known former cricketer in the country, replied directly to Rihanna and wrote, “My country is proud of our farmers and knows how important they are, I trust it will be addressed soon. We don’t need an outsider poking her nose in our internal matters!”

His reaction was liked by over 43,000 Twitter-users.

Demonstrations have been occurring in India, and across the world, for several months as farmers in the country protest laws they say will put their livelihoods and freedom at risk.

The Government of Canada is ending its India flight ban next week, which has been in place since April 2021.

"Canada continues to take a risk-based and measured approach to re-opening the border while prioritizing the health and safety of everyone in Canada," federal officials said in a news release on Tuesday, September 21.

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