Gita Gopinath, IMF chief economist, was quoted by the media as having said that the new farm laws had the potential to raise farm income. An expert in the field, she is certainly not a ‘bhakt’; on the contrary, if she has had a close association with a government it has been with the Communist regime in Kerala, where she was the economic advisor to the current chief minister. It is also no surprise that many politicians and parties opposing the farm bills were in the past asking for the very same reforms!
In the cacophony of this discourse and shifting positions, add the Khalistani voices in the Sikh diaspora scattered between England and Canada, far-left members of the polity in the US and England, embattled PM Trudeau trying to quell opponent Jagmeet Singh and you have a khichdi of interests that have very little to do with the laws or even India. The only missing ingredient was celebrity, and that is when international pop star Rhianna, former porn actress Mia Khalifa, Meena Harris, niece of Kamala Harris and climate activist Greta Thunberg decided to jump in with tweets.