Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor was trolled on Twitter for her recent article in a leading English daily. The article in question is part of Hindustan Times’ campaign, ‘Let’s Talk About Trolls’ that is trying to raise awareness on online abuse and bullying.
A quote from Kapoor’s piece was shared online that read, “I love my country but for some of you — and you’re the bigots, not me — I become ‘anti-national’ only because I ask questions or choose to be critical. Listen to the national anthem…recall the line you heard as kids, ‘Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Issai…’”. People on Twitter were quick to jump to a conclusion without reading her whole article and deduced just on the basis of the quote that the Neerja actor doesn’t know the national anthem.
Many users started juxtaposing pictures of her quote and the lyrics of the national anthem to remind the actor that the words ‘Hindu, Muslim and Sikh’ do not appear in the song.
However, one quick look at her piece published on the HT’s website reads, “I’m a proud Indian. I love my country but for some of you — and you’re the bigots, not me — I become ‘anti-national’ only because I ask questions or choose to be critical. Listen to the national anthem one more time. Recall the line you heard as kids, ‘Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Issai…’ It must be noted that there is a full stop after the line, “Listen to the national anthem one more time.”
Within few minutes after the quote was shared, people mercilessly began trolling the actor ‘national anthem’ started trending on Twitter. Responding to the trolling the Delhi 6 actor wrote, “Thank you so much twitter for the amazing response to my article and also to the #trolls who proved my point by the way they responded 🤞❤🇮🇳”
Thank you so much twitter for the amazing response to my article and also to the #trolls who proved my point by the way they responded 🤞❤🇮🇳
— Sonam Kapoor (@sonamakapoor) April 21, 2017
Here’s how Twitterati misinterpreted her.
Never knew our National Anthem was updated around the time when Sonam was a kid.. pic.twitter.com/POSf2E1tKw
— Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) April 21, 2017
Like Sonam Kapoor, I also love that part of National Anthem where it says “Yeh Mera India, I love my India”
— Nerd Stark (@itsaashuu) April 21, 2017
Cool, so all this while @sonamakapoor was passing off a song which has the lines ‘Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Issai’ as national anthem. 😂
— Nikhil (@red_devil22) April 21, 2017
— Pramod Kumar Singh (@SinghPramod2784) April 21, 2017
— Sangram Malik (@sangram_malik) April 21, 2017
— Ambuj Tiwari (@MeAmbujTiwari) April 21, 2017
@sonamakapoor wisdom reached zenith. Hindu Muslim Sikh isai becomes national anthem for this converted secular. तेरा क्या होगा रे सोनम 😝
— Rajeev Sinha (@rajeevsinha2304) April 21, 2017
Earlier we had freedom of expression, now we have freedom of choosing our own national anthem, thanks Sonam Kapoor.
— Gaurav Upadhyay (@gbupadhyay) April 21, 2017
Bollywood is going through a phase of REMIX (Laila O Laila, Tamma Tamma). So Sonam Kapoor thought of remixing our National Anthem.
— Mauryaa om (@OmMauryaa) April 21, 2017
Me- Jan Gan Man
Sonam Kapoor- No it’s Jan Gan Women..#feminismOnPeak
— Deepak Brahmaniya (@itsBDee) April 21, 2017
— A call from 1945 (@Acallfrom1945) April 21, 2017
— Kailash Wagh 🇮🇳 (@kailashwg) April 21, 2017
— dynamite_harry (@call_me_Tarsh) April 21, 2017
— Rohit Maheshwari (@bornintllgnt) April 21, 2017
— Rebel👊 (@yamini109) April 21, 2017
— Shalvi (@ShalviPanwar) April 21, 2017
Actually,Sonam Kapoor is too busy.
She has her own Short National Anthem,
Sab apas Mai Bhai Bhai”
— भौकाल💀🔥 (@UtkarshBajpai04) April 21, 2017
— Sunil kumar sahoo (@iamsu_nil) April 21, 2017
National Anthem, True I even recall the line when we say as kid during Anthem ‘All Indians are my brother and Sisters’… Thanks Sonam… pic.twitter.com/Gsw0pBxkYJ
— Ankit Saxena (@AnkitSaxena_) April 21, 2017
— Sumit Agarwal (@sumit138) April 21, 2017
Few also stood up for her and tweeted in her support. However, they too surely did not read her aricle but quoted full lyrics of the Tagore song of which only the first verse is national anthem.
— Kriti Trehan-Lahiri (@krititrehan) April 21, 2017
— কাঞ্চন গুপ্ত (@KanchanGupta) April 21, 2017
Sonam Kapoor is not technically wrong with her version of National Anthem. There is a second stanza that mentions religions.
— Sreeju Sudhakaran (@sree_thru_me) April 21, 2017