Impact of farmers agitation: NRI and world support for BJP is dwindling, writes Justice Katju

SATYAM BRUYAT - Justice Katju

NRI and world support for BJP is dwindling

I spoke today ( on Skype and telephone );to several NRIs living in USA, and they informed me that whereas before the ongoing farmers agitation began in India about 6 months back almost all NRIs in America ( most of whom are Hindus ) were solid and blind supporters of the BJP, but now that support has considerably dwindled.

I have said it before and am saying it again. This farmers protest is historic and will change the entire political discourse of India and the world. The ongoing farmers agitation has brought unity among Indians, who were earlier divided on religious and caste lines, and this disunity blocked all progress towards a better India. ( See my articles ‘ The historical significance of the Indian farmers agitation ‘ and ‘ Indian farmers are creating world history ‘ published in hastakshepnews.com ).

The BJP supporters were burning Rihanna’s and Greta’s effigy thinking that they are the only people supporting the Indian farmers, but here are some facts.

It started right from the new US Administration in the White House. President Biden ignored all the people who were associated with right wingers including Sonal Shah and Amit Jani, considering their relationship with the organisation in America and Europe called Friends of BJP and other right-wing organizations.

Apart from Rihanna and Greta Thunberg, there are hundreds of celebrities and high-profile people who are openly supporting the Indian farmer’s protest, not only verbally and on the social media but also by donating money for the farmers and their cause. For example, Juju Smith-Schuster who is a famous American football player in Pittsburgh team steelers has donated $10000 and tweeted in support of this agitation. Kyle Kuzma from Los Angeles extended a similar support. These are very famous athletes and have millions of supporters.

Mia Khalifa, Meena Harris, Amanda Cherney, Canada’s PM Justine Trudeau, Canadian MP Tim Uppal, several MPs in UK like Claudia Webber, several Senators and Congressmen in US are tweeting every day in support of the Indian farmers. NY Times, CNN, Washington Post and other major publications are posting articles which are denting Modi’s global leader’s image very adversely. A famous comedy central comedian Trevor Noah did his entire episode last night on the farmer’s agitation by explaining their cause and extended his personal support for the Indian farmers. This support is increasing every day for Indian farmers across the globe.

Before the farmers agitation began there was a lot of support for the BJP in the USA and the western world including support from most of the NRIs who had become polarised. This support has been considerably diluted now, and a lot of NRI’s have started thinking again, whereas earlier they were blind supporters. This shows that many NRIs are now feeling they made a mistake.

So far as Gujrati NRIs are concerned, they are still blind supporters of Modi, but non-Gujarati NRIs are hesitant, largely silent, and not supporting him openly anymore (whereas earlier they used to express their support openly and loudly). Punjabi, Haryanvi and western UP NRIs (and there are a large number of them in America) have become vociferously anti BJP.

So the polarised NRIs ( who were earlier solid and loud supporters of the BJP ) have now themselves become polarised, or are silent.

(Justice Markandey Katju’s FB post)

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