Bollywood celebrities including Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn, Suniel Shetty, Karan Johar and Ekta Kapoor among others come out in support of the Government of India call to "stand together".
Reacting to the statements by International celebrities, the Ministry of External Affairs issued a statement highlighting the reformist legislation relating to the agricultural sector.
The reformist legislation relating to the agriculture sector was passed by the Parliament of India after full debate and discussion, the Ministry of External Affairs stated.
The statement reads, “These reforms give expanded market access and provided greater flexibility to farmers. They also pave the way for economically and ecologically sustainable farming. A very small section of farmers in parts of India has some reservations about these reforms. Respecting the sentiments of the protesters, the GoI has initiated a series of talks with their representatives. Union Ministers have been part of the negotiations, and eleven rounds of talks have already been held. The Government has even offered to keep the laws on hold, an offer iterated by no less than the Prime Minister of India.”
The Ministry also alleged that some vested interest groups trying to enforce their agenda on these protests, and derail them. This was egregiously witnessed on January 26, India’s Republic Day. “A cherished national commemoration, the anniversary of the inauguration of the Constitution of India, was besmirched, and violence and vandalism took place in the Indian Capital. Some of these vested interest groups have also tried to mobilize international support against India,” the statement reads.
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