Former Indian cricket team player Manoj Tiwari has tweeted in the midst of a ruckus on social media about the farmer movement that when I was a kid I had never seen a puppet dance, it took me 35 years to watch the first show. Although he has not named any person or organization, below his tweet, users are writing that Manoj Tiwari has taken a jibe at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Manoj Tiwari has played IPL cricket in addition to domestic cricket from Bengal and Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab and Rising Pune Supergiants. Tiwari made this tweet when the tweet war broke out in the global and domestic stars over the farmers’ agitation against three agricultural laws in the country. Hollywood singer Rihanna, environmental activist Greta Thunberg, pornstar Mia Khalifa tweeted in support of the farmer movement, in response to which many Indian cricketers and Bollywood stars retorted that this is our domestic affair and there is no need for foreign intervention.
Home Minister Amit Shah wrote after the tweets of Rihanna and Greta, “No Propaganda can spoil the unity of India! No hype can stop India from attaining new heights! Not Propaganda, India’s fate can only be decided by progress. India stands united and is progressing together. ” Foreign Minister S Jaishankar also tweeted something similar.
In fact, Greta Thunberg posted a file (toolkit) on Twitter that mentioned how to make the farmer movement trend on social media, besides mentioning how to make this movement visible to the world. In this file, on January 26, the Republic Day of India, there was a plan to create a storm on Twitter, on which day a group of farmers broke the route of tractor march and reached the Red Fort and waving the trail there. After this Indian celebrities raised the fact that international celebrities like Rihanna, Greta Thunberg and Mia Khalifa are tweeting one after the other in a planned manner, this is a foreign intervention in our internal issue.
Manoj Tiwari, in his tweet, has taken a jibe at the nation’s solidarity of Indian celebrities or on the tweet of international celebrities in support of the peasant movement, it is beyond comprehension. However, some users are writing that they have BCCI as their target, while some users are also writing that united India is not a puppet show.