Indian cricketers Virat Kohli, Pragyan Ojha and Ajinkya Rahane on Wednesday joined former players Sachin Tendulkar and Ravi Shastri to support Centre’s call on standing against “propaganda” against the policies of the Indian government after international personalities like Rihanna and Greta Thunberg tweeted in support of farmer’s protest.
Sachin Tendulkar said ‘external forces can be spectators but not participants’.
“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,” Sachin tweeted.
Kohli called for staying united during the hours of disagreements and said farmers are an integral part of our country.
“Let us all stay united in this hour of disagreements. Farmers are an integral part of our country and I’m sure an amicable solution will be found between all parties to bring about peace and move forward together,” Kohli posted.
India Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane wants everyone to stay united and then work towards resolving the internal issues together.
“There’s no issue that cannot be resolved if we stand together as one. Let’s remain united and work towards resolving our internal issues #IndiaTogether,” Rahane tweeted.
“India has always been stronger when we all stand together and finding a solution is the need of the hour. Our farmers play an important role in our nation’s well being and I am sure everyone will play their roles to find a solution TOGETHER,” tweeted limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma.
Current India head coach Ravi Shastri called it an ‘internal matter’ and believed the situation can be ‘resolved through dialogue’.
“Agriculture is a very important part of the machinery of the Indian economic system. Farmers are the backbone of any country’s ecosystem. This is an internal matter which I’m sure will be resolved through dialogue. Jai Hind!”
Former Test skipper Anil Kumble also followed with a tweet of his own that said that India is more than capable of taking its internal issues to amicable solutions.
“As the world’s largest democracy, India is more than capable of taking her internal issues to amicable solutions. Onwards and upwards. #IndiaTogether #IndiaAgainstPropaganda,” Kumble tweeted.
“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,” tweeted former India batsman Suresh Raina.
“Reaching a solution that benefits our great nation is of utmost importance right now. Let’s stand together and move forward together towards a better and brighter future. #IndiaTogether #IndiaAgainstPropaganda”, tweeted Shikhar Dhawan.
Meanwhile, former India spinner Pragyan Ojha has taken an exception to pop icon Rihanna tweeting in support of the ongoing farmers protest on the borders of Delhi, asking her to stay away from ‘poking her nose’ in India’s internal matters. The 32-year-old Barbados-born singer had shared an article on Twitter drawing global attention towards the issue.
“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!” Ojha replied to the aforementioned tweet of Rihanna.