Minutes after Delhi police filed an FIR against 'organised protests' and mentioned environmental activist Greta Thunberg tweet in the FIR, she took to her Twitter handle to say that she continues to support the farmers' protest. The FIR filed by the Special cell of Delhi Police booked unknown people under IPC section 153 A (Promoting enmity between different groups) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy), and alleged that these people had organised the farmers protest and tried to ferment trouble. The cyber branch of Delhi police will investigate the case.
Controversy broke out after a tweet from Greta’s Twitter handle which had a ‘toolkit’ document attached. Though she deleted her first tweet, she tweeted the six-page document titled ‘Ask India Why’ again. The document had instructions on organising protests both on Twitter and on the ground in parts of India. It had details of the protests, information and hashtags to use in tweets and handles to tag, along with other information. There has been a battle on social media regarding this. The BJP has accused that this document is proof that there is an organised effort to malign India. Critics of the government however point out that such documents are circulated while organising protests, espcecially on social media.
The controversy began after a tweet by popular singer Rihanna earlier this week, which was followed by those from other prominent personalities, who expressed solidarity with the protesting farmers. The Indian government said that the protests were being done by “a small section of farmers” and said these responses were not “accurate” or “responsible.” The Ministry of External Affairs also started a campaign with the hashtags #IndiaTogether and #IndiaAgainstPropaganda, which were used by several personalities across India from directors and actors to cricketers.
Though a lot of international celebrities including Rihanna and Mia Khalifa had tweeted in support of the farmers, the Delhi police has filed an FIR against Greta because she also tweeted a toolkit made by an international agency, which gives perspective to anyone who wants to support the farmers protest. It also gives certain hashtags and tweets they can use and accounts that they can tag. Many BJP leaders have alleged that this toolkit is part of an organised propaganda against India.
Many said that it was an 'internal matter' of India, a stance which was questioned, pointing out that the Indian government and its citizens often respond to issues in other countries, including the recent violence at Capitol Hill in the US.