Air Vistara came under heavy fire on social media after it posted a picture of its staff with Major General (retired) G.D. Bakshi on Twitter. Sharing the picture, the airline tweeted it was “honoured” to have Bakshi on the flight and called him “a decorated Kargil war hero.” “Thank you Sir, for your service to the nation,” the post read.
The tweet garnered attention in no time and people on social media called out the airline by posting some of Bakshi’s controversial remarks that he made in the past. Vistara later deleted the tweet.
After this, the airline received backlash from right-wing handles. BJP Delhi spokesperson Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga tweeted: “.@airvistara deleted Honourable @adgpi Officer General GD Bakshi Pic after Anti Army Gang Pressure. I will never travel on Air Vistara till thn they tweet Pic again & apologies, RT if you will #BoycottVistara.” Soon #BoycottVistara started trending on Twitter
In a message on Twitter, the airline said it was deleting the picture so that their platform does not become “disrespectful or hurtful to anyone.”
“Vistara routinely posts happy photos of our customers on board along with our crew. However, a recent such post generated numerous comments that were disrespectful to all parties concerned. We do not want our platform to be disrespectful or hurtful to anyone. Our decision to remove the post was driven by the objective of deleting such comments,” the tweet read.
Major General GD Bakshi is a retired Indian army officer and was awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal for commanding a battalion in the Kargil War. Of late, he has received criticism for his remarks during television debates
Hi @airvistara I was planning to book your 7.15am flight from Delhi to Chennai but now opting for any other airlines available. Won’t travel in an airline who fails to respect army veterans. Such a cowardly act by deleting Major GD Bakshi’s pic. @TajinderBagga #BoycottVistara
— Arunava Das (@Mr_Noblebanter) April 21, 2019
— Chowkidar Dr.Jay (@Jthakars) April 21, 2019
It’s an admission of guilt & thus Contempt . Considering the need to protect the integrity of the court in these testing times,such an admission is a vindication of the petition. I hope & pray that it is responded with strictest rebuke by the court.
— Chowkidar Meenakashi Lekhi (@M_Lekhi) April 22, 2019
— Faad Dunga BC (@naalaYUCK) April 21, 2019
. @airvistara deleted Honourable @adgpi Officer General GD Bakshi Pic after Anti Army Gang Pressure. I will never travel on Air Vistara till thn they tweet Pic again & apologies , RT if you will #BoycottVistara pic.twitter.com/rbyAvgEIDn
— Chowkidar Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga (@TajinderBagga) April 21, 2019