Indian footballers speak out for farmers, when others toe government’s line

A number of Indian footballers have come out to voice their support for agitating farmers even as notable names from other sporting avenues continue to be unofficial mouthpieces for the government.

Actually, famous pop singer Rihanna made a tweet three days ago in support of the farmers’ struggle in Delhi, until then the voice of the farmers that had been heard all over the country began to be heard all over the world.

Thus many celebrities around the world started tweeting in support of farmers. As the farmers’ struggle began to be talked about all over the world, Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar tweeted that the farmers’ struggle is a domestic affair and therefore there is no need for foreigners to interfere in it.

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This was followed by tweets by Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Ravi Shastri, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane and Anil Kumble. Even those who had been serious fans until then began to criticize with harsh words. Not only cricketers but also Bollywood actors have said that foreigners should not unnecessarily poke their noses into domestic issues.

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In this situation, Indian footballers have been tweeting in support of the farmers. Soosairaj Michael, from Tamil Nadu, who plays for the Mohan Began team in particular, retweeted Rihanna’s tweet criticizing the cricketers as ‘please support the farmers’. 

Former Bengaluru FC and Kerala Blasters midfielder Darren Caldeira has made it clear that they support the farmers.

“Students are paid. Protestors are paid. Farmers are paid. Now, Rihanna is paid as well. You’d require quite the budget for her. She is worth USD 600 mil according to Forbes. Just saying. #FarmersProtest,” Darren wrote.

Farukh Choudhary, who currently plays in the Indian team retweeted Rihanna’s tweet.

Anirudh Thapa, who is an Indian national team player and Chennaiyin FC’s midfielder too, retweeted MP Shashi Tharoor’s tweet with the message “Let’s be democratic again”. 

Davinder Singh, who plays as a right back for Mumbai City in the Indian Super League shared photos from the farmers’ protest and said he stands with the farmers.

Karanjit Singh, Deepak Tangri and Germanpreet Singh who belong to the Chennaiyin team were also vocal in their support to the farmers

A lot of people on social media are talking about how the footballers unlike their counterparts from cricket did not succumb to the alleged PR politics of the ruling party.

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