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‘Indians know India, should decide for India’: Sachin Tendulkar on farmers’ protest

Sachin Tendulkar rallied for the nation to remain united in times of distress. Meanwhile, Gautam Gambhir too voiced his opinion on the ongoing farmers protests condemning "outside forces".

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: February 3, 2021 11:46:00 pm
Sachin Tendulkar is arguably the greatest batsman in history. (File)

Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir voiced their opinions on the ongoing farmers’ protest on Wednesday, saying that “external forces can be spectators”.

Their comments came after the Ministry of External Affairs reacted sharply to tweets by pop star Rihanna and climate activist Greta Thunberg on the protests.

Rihanna, who has 100 million followers on Twitter, on Tuesday posted, “Why aren’t we talking about this?! #FarmersProtest,” linking a CNN report.

Tendulkar, the highest run-scorer in all formats of cricket, called for the country to remain united in times of distress. “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,” he wrote on Twitter.

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His former dressing-room colleague and BJP MP Gautam Gambhir, said India will continue to thrive no matter what. “Outside forces have been trying to divide us, rule over us for centuries. But India remains & will thrive come what may! Use your billions, try your best! This is the New India,” he posted.

Team India skipper Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri and former India spinner Anil Kumble also voiced their opinions on the matter on Twitter.

Former India spinner Pragyan Ojha responded to Rihanna’s tweet.

“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,” he wrote on Twitter.

Thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab and Haryana, have been camping at several Delhi border points since November last year, demanding the government to repeal the three farm laws and legal guarantee of MSP for their crops.

Sites of the farmer protest at Delhi’s borders have turned into fortresses with the police beefing up security and putting up multi-layer barricades.

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