The debate over beef ban has divided the countrymen. Nevertheless, Twitter is always buzzing with individual opinions on the matter. Make My Trip co-founder Keyur Joshi also thought of spilling his views and ended up writing a rather controversial tweet. “I am a strong supporter of Narendra Modi and a vegetarian for life. But I will now eat beef only in India to support freedom for food,” he wrote, and added, “If Hinduism takes away right to choice of food, I rather not be a Hindu.”
No sooner had he posted it, Joshi was flooded with trolls expressing their disgust against his views. But, what really came as a shocker was when a lot of people threatened to uninstall the Make My Trip app, so much that
#BoycottMakeMyTrip was trending on Twitter. Here are a few reactions on the social media networking site:
Meet Keyur Joshi, a cofounder of make my trip who is a vegetarian but will now eat beef just to put Hindus into their place. pic.twitter.com/VhTNdi10pM
— Sonam Mahajan (@AsYouNotWish) May 31, 2017
Lets trend #BoycottMakeMyTrip . He cant speak for all the Hindus. If he does not want to be Hindu, he can call John Dayal & get baptized
— Girish S (@girishs2) May 31, 2017
— ꜱɪʀ ɴᴀᴛʜᴜʟᴀʟ ᴊʀ. 🕊 (@SirNathulal) May 31, 2017
— Mentellectual (@guiltycommie) May 31, 2017
— Vidyapati 🇮🇳 (@rakeshNmishra) May 31, 2017
— abhineet anand (@abhineet_anand2) May 31, 2017
— Brijesh Kumar Yadav (@brijdreams) May 31, 2017
However, not everyone was contending against him. Read these tweets that supported his views:
So you’re uninstalling makemytrip? Please do. Also throw away all your gadgets as they’re mostly designed in the US where beef is eaten.
— Pratik (@puneribostonian) May 31, 2017
Can’t a person state his point of view and we can just accept it…if we uninstall MMT now…no1 will speak their mind again. #BoycottMMT
— $uπi| (@iamssunill) May 31, 2017
— Hindustani Warrior (@GlobalHindu2020) June 1, 2017
Later, the online travel company issued an official tweet to say that his views are personal and he is no longer an employee with them. Here is the tweet they posted:
The views expressed by Mr.Joshi on Twitter are his personal thoughts & do not reflect the views of MMT. He is not a current employee of MMT
— MakeMyTrip.com (@makemytrip) May 31, 2017
But, that’s not all. Joshi himself also apologised to Twitterati by saying: “The views expressed in my tweets regarding beef ban were my personal thoughts only. I deeply regret any unintentional inconvenience or hurt caused to anybody. I sincerely apologise for this and withdraw my comments unconditionally.”
What’s more, he deleted his Twitter account thereafter.
Well, this is not the first time that an individual opinion has been lambasted and led to dire consequences to the company. Remember Snapchat CEO’s “India is poor” comment? What do you think about how the events unfolded? Tell us in the comments below.