When an array of former and current cricketers took to Twitter to voice their support for the Indian government against the propaganda and interference by external forces in India’s internal affairs, they received overwhelming response from people praising them.
The cricketers’ tweets followed the online posts by celebrities such Rihanna, Mia Khalifa and Greta Thunberg who showed solidarity with a section of the farmers protesting against the farm laws in India.
India’s sovereignty cannot be compromised. External forces can be spectators but not participants.
Indians know India and should decide for India. Let's remain united as a nation.#IndiaTogether #IndiaAgainstPropaganda
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 3, 2021
Want to understand their thought process. Here, try this. They are abusing Sachin Tendulkar and Anil Kumble and celebrating some Manoj Tiwary. Thats how they operate.
— Raj Shekhar Jha (@rajshekharTOI) February 4, 2021
Ohh, so Rihanna is an expert on Indian issues?! She can speak but @sachin_rt should not. He is Bharat Ratna and MP. The #GretaLeaks shows conspiracy by external forces to defame #India and yet no one should speak.
Get down from your high horse. https://t.co/2crd4c3l4G
— Smita Deshmukh (@smitadeshmukh) February 4, 2021
And even as these cricketers slammed exaggerations and untruths and stood by India’s honour, there was a section of people who were displeased by our cricketing icons for having backed the government.
They were especially severe on former Indian skipper and batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar.
Many netizens labelled him a 'spineless wonder' who is ‘simply parroting the government line instead of speaking up for the farmers’. Some of them went to the extent of discrediting his cricketing credentials as well and called him a 'selfish' batsman who only played for himself not for the team.
— Waqas Ahmed (@ahmedwaqas992) February 3, 2021
A story on CNN that says internet is shut down. A foreign celebrity shares it. How does that compromise India's sovereignty? https://t.co/e7yfvhRAEE
— Dhanya Rajendran (@dhanyarajendran) February 3, 2021
Oh another one woke where you been for last 2 months when farmers been on roads of Delhi sleeping in cold weather did you not see that ! You guys don’t deserve food because those farmers make that food you eat everyday ! Shame on you https://t.co/1UpiZofaRY
— Jazzy B (@jazzyb) February 3, 2021
He may be a cricketing legend, but his cowardice is also of legendary proportions. Just another lackey and sycophant of the current Indian government. https://t.co/B22lQOqXMZ
— Rupa Subramanya (@rupasubramanya) February 3, 2021
After celebrities like Rihanna and Greta Thunberg brought global attention to the farmers protest in India on Twitter, a selection of big bollywood and cricket stars, including Sachin, have been parroting lines telling foreigners to butt out. https://t.co/gdRMoVEFtW
— Siobhan Heanue (@siobhanheanue) February 4, 2021
A tongue-in-cheek tweet went particularly viral which read: "Rahul Dravid was right when he declared that day." The reference was to the Multan Test 2004 against Pakistan when Dravid had declared India's innings with Sachin stranded on 194 not-out, depriving him of a possible double century.
Rahul Dravid was right when he declared that day.
— Yash (@Datascientist3_) February 3, 2021
Some folks slammed Tendulkar for keeping mum on issues such as match-fixing in 1990s and never standing up for 'weak' and 'underprivileged' people.
One of cricket’s greatest socio-political stands. Imagine if Don Bradman said ‘Apartheid is South Africa’s internal matter. Let them resolve it amicably & peacefully. We can be spectators but not participants’. Just imagine. pic.twitter.com/v9BsG6Vrv0
— Raunak Kapoor (@RaunakRK) February 4, 2021
You could have simply kept quiet as usual, no? Pitiful. https://t.co/HzpFKOtD8R
— Karthik Krishnaswamy (@the_kk) February 3, 2021
Jesus Christ on a fucking bike, really?!
(BTW, someone tell this weak-kneed, thin-skinned government about the Streisand Effect, please?!) pic.twitter.com/aXTFjqkzqo
— Prem Panicker (@prempanicker) February 3, 2021
All these Indian big shot celebs remained mute when protesting farmers were being walled in,their electricity, water&internet cut off& BJP goons brought in to stone them;
They suddenly unmuted themselves when @rihanna& @GretaThunberg spoke out!
Spineless,heartless sarkari celebs! https://t.co/VBzHZm5kWQ
— Prashant Bhushan (@pbhushan1) February 3, 2021
For the record, Sachin Tendulkar, has been awarded the Bharat Ratna, is one of the greatest batsmen ever to have played cricket and is a true ambassador of the game.
However, since he has the spine not to toe the line of some of the naysayers, who advocate international interference into Indian internal affairs, insults have been heaped on him.