Rihanna's call to support Indian farmers quickly embraced by other celebrities

United Hindu Front activists hold placards of Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg and Barbadian singer Rihanna during a demonstration in New Delhi on February 4, 2021.

(CNN)Rihanna's advocacy for farmers in India has caught the attention of many around the world, including the Indian government.

On Tuesday, the Barbados-born superstar asked her 100 million followers, "Why aren't we talking about this?!" and linked to a CNN story examining how India has cut off internet access around New Delhi after violent clashes between police and farmers protesting new agriculture laws approved in September.
Farmers argue that the laws will ravage their livelihoods and create an opportunity for large, private companies to exploit the agriculture sector.
    The internet restrictions came "in the interest of maintaining public safety and averting public emergency," according to the Ministry of Home Affairs, after weekend violence saw dozens of officers injured and one protester killed, according to police officials.
    More than half of India's working population comes from the agricultural sector, according to India's most recent Census in 2011. The laws could affect millions of Indian farmers and consumers, and they could also impact global consumers who rely on India for ingredients like pepper, turmeric and chilli.
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi says the new laws will give farmers a chance to decide their own prices and sell directly to private businesses like grocery chains. That, he says, would cut out the middle man, in this case the Agricultural Produce Market Committee.