"We would like to emphasise 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".
The police barricaded the road and some protesters tried to push their way through, but were blocked by a heavy police presence.
Soon netizens began to give grief to Indian celebrities for choosing to speak on the farmers' protest only to bail the government out from global embarrassment. "The temptation of sensationalist social media hashtags and comments, especially when resorted to by celebrities and others, is neither accurate nor responsible", said the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in a detailed response. The agitation has been going on for over two months now with farmers camped around Delhi borders demanding the complete rollback of farm reform laws.
RiRi on Tuesday took to Twitter and tweeted "why aren't we talking about this?!".
The country also signalled concern about internet shutdowns imposed at the farmers' protest sites to suppress demonstrations, citing law and order situation.
The article in question reported about the Modi government's tactic of suspending internet services in a big to thwart protests.
The way we are getting support from khap panchayats, we will win this fight.
Suniel Shetty has shared the Ministry's statement about the ongoing protests and his tweet grabbed a lot of attention.
The statement referred to the chaos on Republic Day during the farmers' tractor rally and the desecration of Mahatma Gandhi's statues in some parts of the world, when some of the government's own fellow travellers celebrate his assassin Nathuram Godse. It is as if we have come from Pakistan.
No one is talking about it because they are not farmers they are terrorists who are trying to divide India, so that China can take over our vulnerable broken nation and make it a Chinese colony much like USA. BJP president JP Nadda posted: "We stand together".
India needs free, fair, non-hyphenated and questioning journalism even more as it faces multiple crises.
Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar said India's sovereignty can not be compromised. "External forces can be spectators but not participants", he said.
Indicating that the new Biden administration is supportive of the Indian government's move to reform the agricultural sector that attracts private investment and greater market access to farmers, a State Department spokesperson said: "In general, the United States welcomes steps that would improve the efficiency of India's markets and attract greater private sector investment". "Let's remain united as a nation", he tweeted.