Bollywood celebrities like Riteish Deshmukh, Dia Mirza and Onir hailed farmers' rally and expressed their support for the cause. Around 35,000 peasants from across Maharashtra completed a 180-km march to Mumbai over six days to draw attention to the agrarian crisis. The group of peasants - men, women, youth and even seniors - abandoned their night's rest, to march from the Somaiya Grounds, Vidyavihar, starting 2 a.m. (Monday) to reach the historic Azad Maidan at dawn, to avoid inconveniencing students appearing for examinations.
This gesture has been hailed by Bollywood celebrities, some of whom have saluted the spirit of the farmers and some of whom have commented on their plight with a pun.
Here's what they said:
Riteish Deshmukh: Farmers walked 180 km, asking for the rightful compensation for their crop. On their last stretch they walked all night making sure they didn't disturb the SSC board examinations. Compassion, respect, salute, Jai Kisan.
50,000 farmers walked 180kms, asking for the rightful compensation for their crop. On their last stretch they walked all night making sure they didn’t disturb the SSC board examinations. #Compassion #respect #Salute #JaiKisan - 🙏🏽🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/epa0a90A6u— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) March 12, 2018
Dia Mirza: Our destinies are entwined. Our farmers grow our food. Their lives and livelihood are in peril because of climate change, exploitative middle men, lack of sustainable support. Stand by our farmers.
Onir: Respect Kisan Long March. These farmers have kindness far beyond most arrogant political rallies who don't care about public inconvenience.
RESPECT #kisanlongmarch These Farmers have kindness far beyond most arrogant political rallies who dont care about public inconvenience .— Onir (@IamOnir) March 12, 2018
Giant March Spares Students' Exams As Farmers Protest In Mumbai https://t.co/vhQiNQFEir via @ndtv
Prakash Raj: With blisters in the foot... hunger in their eyes, our farmers have walked seeking fairplay, dignity. This is the truth because of your lies and failed promises... Will you give them justice as they knock at your door... before they rise to knock you out #justasking.
With blisters in the foot.. hunger in their eyes our farmers have walked seeking #fairplay #dignity ...this is the Truth because of your Lies and failed promises .. will you give them justice as they knock at your door... before they rise to knock you out #justasking pic.twitter.com/6lry7X0wz1— Prakash Raj (@prakashraaj) March 12, 2018
Shirish Kunder: As long as the farmers and soldiers are willing to die for us, respect? The moment they protest against any injustice, political agenda? We love docile cows!
Pritish Nandy: The Indian farmer is an amazing person. He is fighting a losing battle against nature, life and the state for years now. He deserves our respect and support. Not political cliches.
Kunal Kemmu: I feel very emotional listening to the plight of the farmers and their stories. Walking barefoot and with bare necessities and still being as patient, calm and disciplined. I really hope we find a way to help end the prolonged ordeal of the backbone of this country - Jai Kisan!
Atul Kasbekar: Massive respect! Farmers in the mammoth agitation agreed to walk across the city at night so as to not inconvenience citizens, especially kids appearing for exams.
Abhishek Kapoor: Put yourself in the farmers' shoes today. They've walked a very long way to be heard. Hope they get what they want cause it's going to be a long and hard summer. Please don't whine about traffic jams.
R. Madhavan: I totally and wholeheartedly support this for all farmers in this nation. Let's make that difference.
Rahul Dholakia: Should write a film (that's all what I can do) where the protagonist dupes the bank of thousands of crores and then he distributes the money to all the farmers to clear their debts and escapes abroad! And just imagine if the bank belonged to Netas! Farmers rock.
(With IANS inputs)
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