As India witnessed one of its biggest protests by farmers, who urged for a national shutdown “Bharat Bandh” today to demonstrate against three new farm laws, a section of Bollywood has also come out in support of their cause.
Giving a morale boost to farmers, several Indian celebrities have been expressing their support and have joined them in protesting against the new farm laws enacted in the country.
Calling farmers “India’s Food Soldiers”, Quantico star Priyanka Chopra Jonas, who has always been vocal about human rights, shared a post by singer-actor Diljit Dosanjh and wrote, “Their fears need to be allayed. Their hopes need to be met”.
Looking at the farmers protesting in cold weather for the past few weeks on Delhi’s borders, singer-actor Diljit Dosanjh, who joined the protest a few days ago at the Singhu border in Delhi, quietly donated INR 10 million ($135,800) to arrange for warm clothes for them.
Today, legendary Punjabi singer Gurdas Maan was spotted with thousands of protesting farmers at the Singhu border.
Lending her support to the nation’s farmers, Bollywood actress Richa Chadha in a tweet said, “India has been facing an agrarian crisis for the past two decades, 12,000 farmers commit suicide every year, that’s over 30 per day! And yet, this is the biggest protest by people who put food on our plates”.
She further commented, “Next time you shop for vegetables, don’t wonder why the prices for vegetables are constantly rising….