What Are Indias Farmer Protests & Why Did Rihanna Tweet About It?
This is an opinion.
Superstar singer Rihanna just brought awareness to the farmer protests in India via Twitter.
Farmers in India have begun protesting new agricultural reforms in the country.
The protests are become bigger than just farmers, as they’ve raised concerns about the foundations of democracy.
“Why are we not talking about this?” Rihanna tweeted on Tuesday.
She was referencing India’s farmer protests that have gone under the radar for many people in the western world. And Rihanna is right. We should be talking about this because it’s not just about fed-up farmers who are oceans away. It’s about the foundations of democracy and the potential overreach of a government.
And that affects us all.
Rihanna Speaks Up
Rihanna has been a busy activist lately. First, she brought awareness to the farmer protests in India:
The tweet has gone viral, gaining over 150k retweets. But she wasn’t done there. She also played a small part in spreading awareness around the ongoing crisis in Mynamar:
Both of these pressing issues deserve the attention of the international community. Residents of Mynamar have started protesting the military coup that saw their leader Aung San Suu Kyi, detained last month.
The protests in India might not be as forceful as a military coup, but there is a battle for true democracy in both cases.
What Are India’s Farmer Protests?
Farmers in India have been protesting recent agricultural reform in their country. Farmers were previously guaranteed certain prices for their crops by the Indian government—up until recently.
New changes allow farmers to sell their crops to anyone at any price.
While that may seem to create more freedom, farmers are concerned that corporations will exploit these rules and drag down the price of their crops.
He joins the 146 other farmers who have died during the course of the protests.
The agricultural reforms were alarming enough for the citizens of India, but the government has taken concerning steps to try to mitigate the protests, which is partly why people like Rihanna are speaking up.
India’s Government Takes Some Alarming Steps
India is the world’s largest democracy. But in recent days, the term ‘democracy’ should be used lightly.
In the past few years, the Indian government has been engaging in forced blackouts of the internet when tensions rise. The internet is obviously one of the most efficient ways for communities to organize and spread information. And Indian officials want to make sure that doesn’t happen at certain times.