Gurpreet Singh: Canada should strip Akshay Kumar of his citizenship in wake of his stand against Rihanna

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      Two of the world's most famous stars are on opposite sides in a social-media battle over the fate of India's farmers.

      Akshay Kumar, a high-profile Bollywood star, has lent his support to the #India Against Propaganda campaign.

      And that demands prompt action from the Canadian government, which awarded citizenship to Kumar several years ago.

      The #IndiaAgainstPropaganda campaign is in response to Rihanna's tweet in support of agitating farmers of India.  

      Thousands of farmers are protesting near the Indian capital of New Delhi against controversial farming laws that favour corporate control over the agro industry. This threatens the livelihood of the cultivators.  

      Rihanna has showed her solidarity with the farmers.  

      This has invited a backlash from supporters of India’s ruling right-wing Hindu nationalist government which is accusing her of spreading false propaganda.  

      Many prominent Indian stars, who should have followed Rihanna, instead took to social media to support the government’s campaign. Not to be left behind was Akshay Kumar, who was given Canadian citizenship by the previous Conservative government in 2011.

      Those attacking Rihanna see her tweet as foreign interference and an “anti-national” act.  

      If Kumar is so obsessed with the Indian government, he should better renounce his Canadian citizenship. How can he be hypocritical about a genuine show of concern coming from outside the country while at the same time keeping foreign citizenship?  

      If he is so keen to please those in power, then he must stay there forever and forget about coming to this part of the world to promote his films. And if he does not do so, the Canadian government should strip him off his citizenship.

      Akshay Kumar has slammed his detractors in India who feel he never should have applied for Canadian citizenship.

      After all, the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has already denounced a police assault on peacefully protesting farmers, while other national leaders have also expressed their resentment over this issue.  

      Since South Asians have held demonstrations across Canada against the farming laws and mistreatment of Indian farmers, this would be the most appropriate thing to do.  

      Kumar will learn a lesson that he isn’t welcome to Canada if he cannot stand up for the farmers in India, not to mentions religious minorities and political dissidents who are under constant attack from the authorities and Hindu fanatics.   

      In 2019, Akshay Kumar claimed that he applied for Canadian citizenship after 14 consecutive films flopped.

      His deafening silence on such issues was one thing, but his coming out so openly in support of an intolerant regime clearly shows where his ideological affiliation and loyalties lie.