B-Town Celebs Unite In Support Of Maharashtra's Farmer Protest

| March 12 , 2018 , 17:08 IST

Maharashtrian farmers are protesting against the government's failed policies and promises while demanding loan waivers on their debts. Over 35,000 farmers started a Kisan Long March led by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) from Nasik five days ago.

Post covering their journey of 180km to Mumbai in scorching heat, the farmers are expecting some support from the government and individuals. Apart from social organisations, many Mumbaikars have come forward to extend their support to the protesting farmers.

Many have helped in getting the food, snacks and water available for the distressed farmers who have completed a massive rally to get their demands met after their crops were destroyed due to unpredictable weather conditions and poor rainfall.

Among the many urban residents lending their support to these farmers, Bollywood celebrities are not far behind. Shaken by the atrocities faced by graziers, actors and filmmakers expressed their empathy towards these oppressed souls who have completed a long journey.

Here are some of the messages posted on Twitter:

Riteish Deshmukh: 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 -

Ranganathan Madhavan: I totally and whole heartedly support this for all farmers in this Nation. ....LETS MAKE THAT DIFFERENCE ..Walking 180 km, 35,000 Farmers Reach Mumbai For Debt Waiver, Fair Pay

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

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 esp kids appearing for exams. Here's a sea of humanity passing my bldg at 3:30am Lesson for politicians who visit Mumbai n create havoc

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! #FarmersMarchToMumbai #FarmersMarch #KisanLongMarch #FarmersProtest #LongMarch #AzadMaidan

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.

Richa Chadha: We’ve had an agrarian crisis for over a decade and hundreds have COMMITTED SUICIDE. It’s not about left or right or UPA OR http://NDA.It ’s about ppl who put food on the table that are killing themselves.

Neeraj Ghaywan: After walking 180 km, over 35,000 farmers are marching into Mumbai tomorrow, asking for their rightful compensation. They are incurring losses so that we have food on our plates. Least you can do is not whine about traffic jams. Spare them your urban snobbery. #KisanLongMarch

Shobhaa De: We must support our farmers.

While most of the celebrities have come forward in support of the farmers, filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri feels that the protest is nothing but the red terror of CPIM. He described the communist party as urban naxals and posted a series of tweets to prove his point.