Michelin Starred Celebrity Chef Atul Kochhar has seen his livelihood threatened by Islamist trolls and a restaurant aggregator, following his tweet where he had highlighted the age-old Islamist persecution of Hindus.
The episode began when actor Priyanka Chopra extended an “apology” following the controversial Quantico episode where Hinduism was slandered. Out of the many who were unconvinced by her “apology”, one was Chef Atul Kochhar who slammed her for not respecting the Hindu sentiments, who as he stated have faced persecution at the hands of Islam for the last 2000 years:
Almost predictably, Kochhar’s tweet displeased quite a few Muslims who decided to target his business in order to try and harm him financially:
@JWDubaiMarquis please look into your contract with Atul Kochhar.
He makes iftar in your hotel but hates Muslims and Islam in public.
Your employment of him kind of endorses his views. Hope you take strict disciplinary actions. pic.twitter.com/8TWZOPRNzw
— Kamran Shahid (@iKamranShahid) June 10, 2018
Atul Kochhar is a scumbag. Hope you lose business at Benares, Rang Mahal etc as a result of your bigotry pic.twitter.com/WehiFZfDlH
— Najeeb Khan (@najeebster) June 10, 2018
Dear @DubaiPoliceHQ @moiuae please look into the anti-Islamic hateful tweets of this man @atulkochhar who owns a restaurant (Rang Mahal, JW Marriott) in Dubai. Take necessary action against him. pic.twitter.com/OgGkGUtalW
— Omer (@Intellectroll) June 10, 2018
This targeting was not limited to Muslims and even an “economist” decided to slyly report him to his business associates in Dubai:
Probably not going to go down well with authorities in the UAE where @atulkochhar does business ( @JWDubaiMarquis ) or his Muslim patrons around the world. But on the other hand he’ll be popular on the Indian Right. ? pic.twitter.com/aK9Oo9WUnw
— Rupa Subramanya (@rupasubramanya) June 11, 2018
The targeting soon got to Kochhar who then decided to apologise for his historical inaccuracies and clarify his liberal stance, incidentally without refuting the persecution of Hindus which he had highlighted earlier:
There is no justification for my tweet, a major error made in the heat of the moment on Sunday. I fully recognise my inaccuracies that Islam was founded around 1,400 years ago and I sincerely apologise. I am not Islamophobic, I deeply regret my comments that have offended many.
— Atul Kochhar (@atulkochhar) June 11, 2018
People though seem to be in no mood to forgive him and a restaurant aggregator named “Halal Gems” has issued a statement about them no longer carrying information about his restaurants.
For those asking, please read our official statement regarding @atulkochhar’s tweets.
— Halal Gems (@HalalGems) June 11, 2018
Incidentally this, “go after the livelihood of your enemies” modus operandi is pretty common within the world of so-called liberals, which now seems to be inspiring the aforementioned individuals.
It remains to be seen whether following this continual backlash Kochhar would proceed to take further “corrective steps” to protect his business or would he instead choose to ride the storm.