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IS TWITTER ENRAGING FARM PROTESTS?

What would you know about the cost of one tweet, Ramesh Babu? One tweet has shaken government of the country. One tweet has compelled the External Affairs Ministry to issue a statement. One tweet gave a national headline to all our media channels. One tweet has broken up our sleeping bollywood celebrities…literally!!!  All the bollywood celebrities who were completely silent on the farmer issue, suddenly, their eyes opened up. This tweet is the one posted by Rihanna, a world famous singer who raised her voice and after that another tweet attaching the toolkit was released by Greta Thunberg which again became controversial.   

COMPREHENDING THE TOOLKIT

A toolkit is a document created as an explainer on an issue or a handy tool in sustaining a movement or campaign in times of social media influencers. It provides a road-map of how to take forward the campaign or agitation explaining what needs to be done when and how. It’s a document key to digital era protests and is equivalent to pamphlets and fliers that are used by the protesters on the streets.

PRESENT CASE

In the present case, the toolkit became an accidental disclosure when Greta Thunberg on February 5 shared a Google document, a toolkit. She deleted the tweet later, but it became a headline. It tried to explain the farmers’ protest against the Modi government on the Delhi borders over the farm laws passed by parliament in 2020. The toolkit shared by her guides people on how to stand in solidarity with the ongoing farmers’ protest in India.

However, the original toolkit called for a digital strike on or before 26 January 2021 (republic day) and highlighted the hashtags such as #AskIndiaWhy #FarmersProtests #TheWorldIsWatching. this action is similar to Amnesty’s ‘witch hunt’ when Amnesty International was alleged for laundering. Consequently, India blocked all its bank accounts in Amnesty resulting in delhi riots and constantly focusing on Kashmir accountability.

IS TWITTER REALLY TRENDING?

After a tweet by Rihanna to talk about these farm protests, Everything got changed up. This issue was already the International one and soon other celebrities started putting their views on twitter. some people supported Rihanna and some were asking from her does she hav any idea about farm law but for one thing which no one can blame her is everyone has right to raise one’s voice.

On the other hand IS THE REACTION OF GOVERNMENT who is putting barricades and treating farmers like terrorists, digging highways and installing spikes to prevent farmers from protesting. The government even tried to cut the electricity supply, preventing their movement, arresting several journalists like Mandeep Punia, cutting internet facilities for two days and even tried to stop food and water supply at their sites. Bihar government has given warning that people indulging in these protests will not be given consideration for government jobs. There arises a question, Is right to protest a fundamental right which the government is trying to suppress?

REPUBLIC DAY TRACTOR RALLY

The answer can vary from subject to subject but the factual thing is that right to protest is a fundamental right subject to various restrictions like promoting violence. On 26 January 2021, after formal Republic Day celebrations ended at Rajpath, the farmers carried out a tractor march against the three contentious Farm Laws 2020. Farmers carried out the march clashing the red fort and around 120 people got arrested due to this violence. this move of farmers distracts them from their actual demands of raising their voice against the farm laws. As a result, the ministry of External Affairs (MEA) drummed up support from the celebrities associated with the Sports and Bollywood industry with the hashtags “#IndiaTogether” and “#IndiaAgainstPropaganda”.

TWITTER VS. KOO

Recently Government has requested twitter to ban 15-20 famous accounts including Kisan Ekta Morcha. Accepting the request, twitter blocked the accounts but due to public demands, it has to unblock their accounts again. Indian app called KOO is also trending which serves the same purpose as twitter. Koo has given alternative which can be used by all Indians to reduce the spread of hatred.

REFERENCES:

What Is Greta Thunberg’s Toolkit, And Why Is Delhi Police Filing A Case On Her

Koo became India’s Hindu nationalist–approved Twitter alternative

Some Farmers’ Protest Tweets That Twitter Blocked in Response To a Govt Order

Rihanna tweet angers Indian government

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