November 24, 2022: Bollywood actor Richa Chadha, whose tweet on Galwan sparked a massive row on Twitter, has now issued an apology for her controversial tweet. The actor said that her intention was not to hurt anyone and apologised if her words, even if unintentionally, triggered this feeling.
Richa was trolled on social media for insulting and mocking the Indian Army. Following her tweet, several leaders and social media users demanded an apology from the actor and some also asked Mumbai Police to file an FIR against her. The post went viral with many calling it ’shameful and disgraceful’.
Richa, while reacting to the statement of Lt General Upendra Dwivedi that the Indian Army is ready to execute orders like taking back Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, tweeted a post which read : Galwan says hi. Following her tweet, Richa Chadha was slammed for ’mocking’ the Indian Army and belittling the sacrifice of the jawans in the 2020 Galwan clash between India and China.
RICHA CHADA ISSUES APOLOGY
The actor on her official Twitter handle asked for an apology and stated that it was unintentional, adding that it is an emotive issue for her.
"Even though it can never be my intention in the least, if the 3 words which are being dragged into a controversy have offended or hurt anyone, I apologise and also say that it would sadden me if even unintentionally my words have triggered this feeling in my brothers in the fauj (army) of which my own Nanaji has been an illustrious part," Richa Chadha said in her apology tweet.
#BREAKING रिचा चड्ढा के विवादित बोल पर शिकायत। सुप्रीम कोर्ट के वकील @vineetJindal19 ने दिल्ली पुलिस कमिश्नर को भेजी शिकायत। शिकायत में रिचा चड्डा के खिलाफ कार्रवाई की मांग और साथ ही एफआईआर दर्ज करने की भी मांग की। रिचा चड्डा की तत्काल गिरफ्तारी की मांग। https://t.co/mNfP5jHzOF pic.twitter.com/fhsQrlmiju— Sumit Kumar (@SumitLegal) November 24, 2022
In her apology post, she said her grandfather, a "Lieutenant Colonel", took a bullet in the leg in the Indo-China war. "My Mamaji was a paratrooper. It’s in my blood. A whole family is affected when a son is martyred or even injured while saving the nation which is made up of people like us and I personally know how it feels. It is an emotive issue for me," her post read.
Earlier in the day, a Supreme Court lawyer, Vineet Jindal, had demanded her arrest due to the controversial tweet.
Shiv Sena spokesperson (Uddhav faction) Anand Dubey demanded Maharashtra CM Ekanth Shinde and Home Minister Amit Shah to take stringent actions against ’anti-national’ tweet of the actor.
BJP leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa termed the tweet ’disgraceful’ and said, "Disgraceful Tweet. Should be withdrawn at the earliest. Insulting our armed forces is not justified." (sic).
Commenting on Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s assertion with regards to reclaiming Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), Lieutenant General Dwivedi had said the Indian Army will execute any order by the Government of India, including taking back PoK.
At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in hand-to-hand fierce combat with the Chinese PLA in Ladakh’s Galwan in June 2020. The Galwan Valley clash was the deadliest confrontation between India and China in over four decades and since then both countries have been locked in a bitter stand-off.
Courtesy: India Today