On the occasion of Republic Day yesterday, film star Akshay Kumar posted a tweet, saying that although it’s our 70th Republic Day, our men have been fighting for the country since time unknown. He added that 21 Sikhs had fought against 10000 invaders 122 years ago. Then he informed that his upcoming movie Kesari is based on that incident.
Reacting to this tweet, a journalist from The Wire Rohini Singh tweeted that “a Canadian citizen” is peddling his film using the Republic Day of a nation that he does not belong to.
Canadian citizen peddling his film using the occasion of Republic Day of a nation he doesn’t belong to! https://t.co/Jrfwdo7Nl6
— Rohini Singh (@rohini_sgh) January 26, 2019
The tweet by Rohini attracted sharp reaction on Twitter. Although reportedly Akshay Kumar has taken Canadian citizen, his primary workplace remains India. The bankable superstar of Bollywood is among the highest taxpayers in the industry, and also involved in philanthropy, who has made several large donations.
Ironically, Rohini Singh herself works for a publication which is run by a citizen of USA, and she questioned Akshay Kumar for his citizenship. The founder editor The Wire is Siddharth Varadarajan, who is an American Citizen, as was confirmed when he visited Pakistan last year.
The citizenship of Mr Varadarajan had not prevented him from commenting on Indian matters, so why should it prevent Akshay Kumar from doing the same, asked many people.
Akshay Kumar shouldn’t promote his movie on Republic Day because he is a Canadian citizen.
Using same logic, the Wire shouldn’t write on Indian matters because Sid Varadu is an American citizen pic.twitter.com/SkGYrCJkP9
— In politics there is Losmon Rekha (@masakadzas) January 27, 2019
Your boss at Wire is an american citizen,who is he to preach us ? Did you ask that question to Vardarajan brothers
— Vishakha Joshi (@VishakhaJ18) January 27, 2019
So, who is more suitable to comment on Indian nationalism? Canadian citizen Akshay Kumar or American citizen Siddharth Varadarajan? Please cast your vote below.