Swara Bhaskar Speaks On Rihanna

We can’t be that self-centered: Swara Bhaskar

Swara Bhaskara fails to understand why American pop star Rihanna or Swedish environmentalist Great Thunberg tweeting on our farmers’ protest should be considered an internal matter. “We first need to address the issue of what is an internal issue?Is injustice in any part of the world an internal issue? Because if it is, then we should not discuss anything except what happens within the boundaries of our own countries, states , cities and mohallahs.”

Swara wants Indians to get out of their selfimposed citadels. “We can’t be that self-centered. When George Floyd was murdered and the black-lives-matter movement happened, our celebrities were regularly tweeting on it.”

Besides Swara wonders why the Indian government doesn’t restrict its own comments on external matters if the farmers’ protest is an internal matter. “ Our government regularly issues statements on happenings around the world, the most recent being the coup in Myanmar. How come when our government comments on global issues we don’t think of internal matters?”

Swara feels a free flow of opinion and information is the order of the day. “I think this is an era of technology and communication. All information is accessible to everyone at all times. People everywhere know what’s happening around the world and they express that opinion. And that’s the way it should be.What is wrong with that?”

The actress-activist feels the farmers’ issue has become a global discussion because of the way it was handled.“I think the farmers’ protest has become such a large global issue because of the way our government has responded to it. If you notice, a lot of international celebrities are talking about the internet blackout and the crackdown on farmers and the militarization of Delhi borders . They are not commenting on the Farm Laws, per se. They are commenting on the way the farmers are being treated, and I don’t understand why that’s a problem.”