Rihanna weighs in on major India farmer protests, creates flutter

Angela Weiss / AFP

US pop superstar Rihanna has created a flutter in India by wading into months-long farmer protests against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's agricultural reforms.

Tens of thousands of farmers have camped on the outskirts of the Indian capital for more than two months, protesting new agricultural laws they say benefit private buyers at the expense of growers.

"Why aren’t we talking about this?!" Rihanna said in a Twitter post, sharing a CNN article on the demonstrations with her 100.9 million followers on the platform, using the hashtag #FarmersProtest.

It was not immediately clear what led Rihanna to Tweet on the subject.

As she trended on Twitter in India, a Mumbai-based actress lashed out at Rihanna.

"No one is talking about it because they are not farmers, they are terrorists who are trying to divide India..." Kangana Ranaut told her 3 million followers on the same platform.

The protests are led by farmers from the wheat and rice-growing state of Punjab in India's north.

 

More from Entertainment

Coming Up on Dubai Eye

  • The Business Breakfast

    6:00am - 11:00am

    The Business Breakfast is the day’s must listen for the UAE’s business leaders, and those who aspire to be.

  • Lunch with Lloyd

    11:00am - 2:00pm

    No one knows entertainment better than veteran Dubai broadcaster Mark Lloyd.

BUSINESS BREAKFAST LATEST

On Dubai Eye

  • Honouring Kian's life

    Goli lost her five-year-old son Kian in a tragic accident on Boxing Day. Today, we honour Kian's memory and send our love to Goli and her family.

  • Combatting COVID-19: Dubai amends travel protocols

    Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis & Disaster Management has announced amendments to travel protocols as part of preventive measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.