‘Coldplay’ singer insulted tricolour in Mumbai concert, alleges NCP

The former Maharashtra minister sought an unconditional apology from the singer

By: PTI | Mumbai | Published:November 20, 2016 12:20 pm
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NCP spokesman Nawab Malik has alleged that lead singer of British rock band ‘Coldplay’ ‘disrespected’ the Indian flag during the band’s concert in Mumbai.

“There Is a video grab from Coldplay’s concert in Mumbai, where the band’s lead singer is seen insulting the Indian flag,” he alleged.

The former Maharashtra minister sought an unconditional apology from the singer, along with BJP and Shiv Sena leaders who were present at the concert, for allegedly ‘hurting the sentiments’ of Indians.

The video of the alleged incident has gone viral on social media.

The band, lead by its frontman Chris Martin, ended the Global Citizen Festival India concert on a high note last evening by singing ‘Vande Mataram’ with music maestro A R Rahman and also waved the national flag.

The band performed several memorable songs, including ‘Paradise’, ‘Viva La Vida’, ‘Yellow’, ‘Fix You’, for over an hour at the MMRDA grounds.

Several Bollywood celebrities and some international artists also shared the stage.

Among the celebrities present at the gala were Amitabh Bachchan, Alia Bhatt, Ranveer Singh, Katrina Kaif, Sonakshi Sinha, Parineeti Chopra, Monali Thakur, Arijit Singh, Arjun Rampal, Suzanne Khan as well as Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was earlier supposed to attend the event, could not make it. He, however, joined via a video link that was beamed live.

The festival, launched in 2012, partners with Global Poverty Project, a movement aiming to end extreme poverty by 2030.

The event had ran into controversy after NCP criticised the BJP-led state government for providing concessions for the festival, and said that it had been planned by the ruling party to woo voters for next year’s BMC polls.

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    Ben
    Nov 20, 2016 at 11:48 am
    This should be judged on the basis of the last lines in the video. 'for more entertainment news..'
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      Utkarsh Tibrewal
      Nov 21, 2016 at 2:22 am
      OMG !!! Dear Media ( here, The Indian Express ) please use a concept named "Materiality" ... And filter out these unintentional and minor faults of people and stop broadcasting them as a NEWS. lt;br/gt;You guys have bigger issues to take care of !lt;br/gt;Grow Up !!!
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        ?
        Nov 20, 2016 at 1:08 pm
        Y r u so butthurt? Tbh, nowhere is this considered an 'insult'.
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          Suraj
          Nov 23, 2016 at 10:39 am
          The comments here are also moderated.. such low and shameful level of journalism
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            Abhilash Sharma
            Nov 20, 2016 at 8:57 am
            Why day by day indianexpress is moving towards most rubbish newspaper...do something to stop this.
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              Ranjan Fredrick
              Nov 21, 2016 at 5:57 pm
              #indianexpress are you frikkin crazy? What do you do when Republic and Independence day are over and us INDIAN just throw our Tricolour on the streets and dutbins?lt;br/gt;Can ypu please raise the cl of your reporting and I suggest you raise the cl of your reporters as well. Can't bloody speak proper english while reporting for an english news broadcast.lt;br/gt;And NCP's Nawab Malik seems to seriously have no better work to do.
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                mathimathi
                Nov 20, 2016 at 11:57 am
                Even feku PM Ji insulted national anthem.
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                  prashanth
                  Nov 20, 2016 at 2:31 pm
                  As a country who believes athithi devo bhava,we shouldn't be pointing such unintentional mistakes and making people not comfortable to come to India.
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                    Cian Archer
                    Nov 20, 2016 at 12:55 pm
                    And the statement: "He insulted the flag" is inappropriate as if he intentionally did it. Knowing the kind heart of Chris, he will never insult a flag.
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                      Cian Archer
                      Nov 20, 2016 at 12:57 pm
                      NCP's misplaced nationalism. Who knows Chris Martin may be more concerned with India's poverty issues than this NCP.
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                        Cian Archer
                        Nov 20, 2016 at 12:58 pm
                        The video has not gone viral too.
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                          Ridhima
                          Nov 21, 2016 at 7:21 am
                          Well you just lost a customer for life over this article. Are you even serious now?
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                            Rahul Singh
                            Nov 20, 2016 at 2:03 pm
                            People who doesn't have any work are only getting their sentiments hurt. Stop objecting to each and everything people do. Dont be so lame in reacting to every situation. Grow-up! Get out of other's life!
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                              Xyx
                              Nov 20, 2016 at 1:40 pm
                              First u can't say that is India flag bcz it's just tri colour there is also one thing is missing between the flag
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                                Shalin
                                Nov 20, 2016 at 10:43 am
                                He insulted the Indian flag in the presence of BJP. So we can pardon them.
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                                  Mow
                                  Nov 20, 2016 at 12:17 pm
                                  The guy took the flag from audience and waved it while he was singing !!! Showing clips out context.. It didnt hurt anybodys sentiments. Get a life you guys
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                                    Taimur Johnson
                                    Nov 20, 2016 at 7:14 pm
                                    Well I think Chris Martin should have worn it as his Underwear !!! What u guys think?
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                                      BM
                                      Nov 20, 2016 at 11:38 am
                                      This kind of thing is far too common in the world. People have towels of their flags on the beach, bikinis, etc. I have a beach wear with Australian flag on it. Ask Nawab Malik to sing Vande Matram and show your patriotism.
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