‘Indians know India, should decide for India’: Sachin Tendulkar on farmers’ protest

‘Indians know India, should decide for India’: Sachin Tendulkar on farmers’ protest


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Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir voiced their opinions on the ongoing farmers’ protest on Wednesday, saying that “external forces can be spectators”.

Their comments came after the Ministry of External Affairs reacted sharply to tweets by international pop star Rihanna, teen climate activist Greta Thunberg and others on the protests.

Rihanna, who has 100 million followers on Twitter, on Tuesday posted, “Why aren’t we talking about this?!,” linking a CNN report on the Internet shutdown near a protest site.

Tendulkar, the highest run-scorer in all formats of cricket, called for the country to remain united in times of distress. “India’s sovereignty cannot be compromised. External forces can be spectators but not participants. Indians know India and should decide for India. Let’s remain united as a nation,” the Master Blaster wrote on Twitter.

His former dressing-room colleague and BJP MP Gautam Gambhir, said India will continue to thrive no matter what. “Outside forces have been trying to divide us, rule over us for centuries. But India remains & will thrive come what may! Use your billions, try your best! This is the New India,” he posted.

“Outside forces have been trying to divide us, rule over us for centuries. But India remains & will thrive come what may! Use your billions, try your best! This is the New India,” he posted.

Former India spinner Pragyan Ojha, too, responded to Rihanna’s tweet. “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,” he 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 outside poking her nose in our internal matters,” he wrote.

Thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab and Haryana, have been camping at several Delhi border points since November last year, demanding the government to repeal the three farm laws and legal guarantee of minimum support price (MSP) for their crops.

Sites of the farmer protest at Delhi’s borders have turned into fortresses with the police beefing up security and putting up multi-layer barricades to stop the movement of vehicles.





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