Did angry Indian Twitter users just prove that Rihanna is an ISI agent?
Soon after Rihanna's tweet, an online storm raged in India as Indians started claiming that Rihanna is an ISI agent.
Farmer protests against the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s agricultural reforms have been creating a flutter in India for months. Tens of thousands of young and old farmers have taken to New Delhi’s roads to voice their objections.
It’s been more than two months that the Indian farmers have been protesting and organizing tractor rallies in Delhi to garner the government’s attention. The police responded to the Delhi rallies by shutting down the internet, digging ditches, driving nails into roads, and topping barricades with razor wire to prevent farmers from entering the capital again.
Recently, the esteemed Hollywood singer Rihanna took to Twitter to talk about the protesting farmers. Sharing a CNN article on the demonstrations with her 101 million followers on the platform, Rihanna tweeted:
Why aren’t we talking about this?!
Here is the original tweet by Rihanna:
— Rihanna (@rihanna) February 2, 2021
Soon after Rihanna’s tweet, an online storm raged in India as Indians started claiming that Rihanna is an ISI agent. Following the claims, an old picture of Zulfi and Rihanna surfaced on social media, making matters worse. After the photo went viral, Zulfi lauded Rihanna for raising her voice and said:
Well said and well done.
— Sayed Z Bukhari (@sayedzbukhari) February 3, 2021
The photo further convinced Indians that Pakistan backs the Hollywood star.
Here is how people reacted to the picture:
Funniest thing on the internet today! Rihanna took “Indian Farmers” side while the whole Bollywood is supporting Modi. Now, Modi supporters are saying that Rihanna is an agent of Pakistan just because she met Zulfi Bukhari! They are literally convinced! 😂 pic.twitter.com/8OXXgDMrPY
— Sayed Alamdar Naqvi (@alamdarnaqvi5) February 3, 2021
So Brother Everythnng is Fixed.. pic.twitter.com/MJfFifjNdj
— मानुष:🇮🇳 (@manush068) February 3, 2021
— Pankaj Gulati (@panky101) February 3, 2021
— Pushpendra Kulshrestha (@pushpendra__kul) February 2, 2021
#Rihanna with Syed Zulfi Bukhari, Special Assistant to Pak Prime Minister Imran https://t.co/v4xCUHLl5f we know why is Rihanna getting so worried to talk about #FarmerProtests. https://t.co/ae1NPRH2Yr pic.twitter.com/HPizjuYZgI
— Sandeep Rai (@SandeepBhagwa) February 3, 2021
For desperate bhakts who are looking for Pakistani or isi connection to this tweet here it is, the guy is Zulfi bukhari special assistant to PM Imran khan,
Thank me later pic.twitter.com/58zlaeWHQh
— Peerzada Raza Abbas (@razaikvillan) February 2, 2021
Sources believe that the tweets are part of an online campaign against the singer. Proof of this can be drawn from the fact that most of the tweets have the same text.
According to reports, the Indian government has also activated its PR efforts with several Bollywood bigwigs, including Karan Johar, Ajay Devgn, and Suniel Shetty, to urge their Indian followers not to let anyone divide the country or fall for “false propaganda”.
We live in turbulent times and the need of the hour is prudence and patience at every turn. Let us together, make every effort we can to find solutions that work for everyone—our farmers are the backbone of India. Let us not let anyone divide us. #IndiaTogether
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) February 3, 2021
— Suniel Shetty (@SunielVShetty) February 3, 2021
— Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) February 3, 2021
— Ekta Kapoor (@ektarkapoor) February 3, 2021
We as a country have issues to resolve today and will have issues to resolve tomorrow as well, but that doesn't mean we create a divide or get perturbed by external forces. Everything can be resolved through amicable and unbiased dialogue. #IndiaAgainstPropaganda#IndiaTogether
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) February 3, 2021
It should be noted that in an official statement, the Indian foreign ministry said:
The celebrities need a proper understanding of the issues.
The statement further read:
The temptation of sensationalist social media hashtags and comments, especially when resorted to by celebrities and others, is neither accurate nor responsible. #IndiaTogether #IndiaAgainstPropaganda
The foreign ministry further stated:
We would like to emphasize that these protests must be seen in the context of India’s democratic ethos and polity and the efforts of the Government and the concerned farmer groups to resolve the impasse.
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