Hyderabad: Trends indicate that singer Rihanna's tweet in support of the protesting Indian farmers was the most searched on Google. 'Is Rihanna a Muslim?' and 'Is Rihanna from Pakistan?' were among the most searched questions on Google.
On 3 February 2020, the Grammy-winning singer had shared a news article from CNN about the farmer's protest and tweeted, "Why aren't we talking about this?" The Google search for Rihanna escalated following the tweet.
The 'interest over time' – that is search for a subject/topic - in India showed that search for Rihanna was the highest at 12.30 a.m on 3 February. Since then it has been at different frequencies. Among the many searched topics were Rihanna's net worth, Twitter account, Instagram, Rihanna India Farmer, farm topic, Kangana Ranaut, and more.The interest by sub-region indicates that the highest number of searches were from Meghalaya (100%), Dadra and Nagar Haveli (87), Punjab (69), Chandigarh (68), and Delhi (67).
Another prominent name that was most searched on Google from India was the 18-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Tintin Eleonora Ernman Thunberg. She is among the several international celebrities who have joined the chorus in support of the Indian farmers.
Trends show that Indians began searching for Greta from 11.30 p.m on 3 February when she tweeted her support for the farmers. Most searches were from Delhi, Chandigarh, Uttarakhand, Harayana, and Punjab.
Cities that showed 100 per cent search for Greta were Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar, Patiala, Nodia, Udupi, and Kharar.
Since November 2020, thousands of farmers have been protesting against the new farm laws introduced by the Central government that seek to privatize the Indian agriculture sector.
Both Rihanna and Greta quoted an article published by the CNN on Internet being suspended by the Indian government at the Singhu border. On 26 January, protesting farmers organized a massive one-lakh tractor parade. Farmers from all over the country made their way to the national capital. However, they were stopped from entering the routes planned for the rally and attacked with tear gas shells. During the rally and in its aftermath, the Central government imposed an Internet shutdown in parts of Delhi and the Haryana government suspended Internet services in 17 of the 22 districts. SMS services were also suspended.