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BIG STORY                                                             February 05, 2021  |        The Indian Eye                          5

                           farmers prOtest: fOreign hand?

        >> Continued from previous page...                                                                            ministry had said.
        ing more than 700,000 likes.                                                                                      Earlier, Delhi Police on
        “Why aren’t we talking about                                                                                  Friday wrote a letter to Goo-
        this?!” wrote the singer, who                                                                                 gle  seeking  registration  details
        has 100 million followers on the                                                                              and activity log of the account
        social network. After Rihan-                                                                                  through which a “toolkit” relat-
        na’s tweet, Swedish teenage cli-                                                                              ed to the farmers’ protest was
        mate activist Thunberg tweeted                                                                                created and uploaded on the so-
        “We stand in solidarity with the                                                                              cial media platform. Two e-mail
        #FarmersProtest in India.”                                                                                    IDs, one Instagram account and
            Meanwhile, Meena Harris                                                                                   one Unifrom Resource Locator
        on Wednesday tweeted: She                                                                                     (URL) were mentioned in the
        wrote on Twitter, “It’s no coinci-                                                                            toolkit and police has asked for
        dence that the world’s oldest de-                                                                             details from the respective plat-
        mocracy was attacked not even                                                                                 forms.
        a month ago, and as we speak,                                                                                     The police had registered an
        the most populous democracy is                                                                                FIR against unnamed persons
        under assault.”                                                                                               in connection with the creators
            “This is related. We ALL                                                                                  of the “toolkit’.
        should be outraged by India’s                                                                                     Delhi Police Special Com-
        internet  shutdowns  and  para-        farmers ride a tractor on a deserted road near Delhi on saturday (ANI)  missioner  Praveer  Ranjan  had
        military violence against farmer                                                                              said  they  had  identified  some
        protesters,” she added.                                                                                       300 accounts spreading dissat-
            Just a day after pop-singer                                                                               isfaction and disharmony to-
        Rihanna expressed concerns                                                                                    wards the Government of India.
        over the ongoing farmers’ pro-                                                                                ‘”Toolkit’ account was being run
        test in India, Punjabi singer Dil-                                                                            by a group of Khalistanis. They
        jit Dosanj released a new song                                                                                had decided to conduct a digi-
        ‘RiRi  (Rihanna),’  in  apprecia-                                                                             tal strike post the Republic Day
        tion of the global icon. Dosanjh                                                                              incident. We have recovered a
        made the announcement about                                                                                   document about the planned
        the song just a few minutes be-                                                                               execution. We have found out
        fore its release. The track has                                                                               that is a copycat execution. As
        been written by Raj Ranjodh                                                                                   of now, we have registered cas-
        and music has been given by In-                                                                               es against the authors of that
        tense Music. The track named                                                                                  account. The case has been
        ‘RiRi’, which is two-minutes-fif-                                                                             handed over to the cyber cell.
        teen-seconds long, features                                                                                   Investigations are underway,”
        Dosanjh heaping praises on the                                                                                he had said.
        ‘Diamonds’ singer.                             Meena Harris with her aunt Kamala Harris (file photo)              The police believe there was
            Through the lyrics of the                                                                                 a conspiracy behind the January
        song, the Punjabi musician talks  they obviously didn’t know very  earlier this week that protests  26 violence in Delhi too. Delhi
        about Rihanna’s home country  much”.                                     by farmers against new farm  Police on Saturday said they are
        Barbados and about the regular          The minister told ANI that  laws must be seen in the con- examining the footage of violent
        cliche of beauty and clothing. In  ‘toolkit’ case, which is being  text of India’s democratic ethos  incidents that took place during
        the main part of the song, Diljit  probed by police, has revealed a  and polity, and the efforts of  the farmers’ tractor rally against
        also sings about how Rihanna  lot. “I think it has revealed a lot.  the Government and the con- the new farm laws on Republic
        is an angel who has descended  We have to wait and see what  cerned farmer groups to resolve  Day, adding that the Cyber Cell
        from heaven on Earth.                comes  out.  You  can  see  there  the impasse. “Before rushing to  is investigating videos and oth-
            The government of India  was a reason why the foreign  comment on such matters, we  ers material being uploaded and
        sees a big conspiracy behind  ministry reacted to the state- would urge that the facts be as- posted on social media from
        the twitter storm. External Af- ments which some celebrities  certained, and a proper under- foreign locations.
        fairs Minister S Jaishankar on  gave out on matters on which  standing of the issues at hand                      A Delhi Police spokesperson
        Saturday said that there was a  they obviously didn’t know very  be undertaken. The temptation  said that the cyber-world has no
        reason why MEA reacted to  much,” Jaishankar said.                       of sensationalist social media  boundaries; things can be up-
        the remarks of some celebrities         He was responding to a  hashtags and comments, espe- loaded from anywhere, adding
        in relation to protest by farm- question about ‘toolkit’ case.           cially when resorted to by ce- that investigation goes forward
        er unions and noted that they           The Ministry of External  lebrities and others, is neither  by locating their coordinates.
        spoke “on matters on which  Affairs had said in a statement  accurate nor responsible,” the                      Continued on next page... >>

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