God must be thinking, ‘those Indians are crazy’. Hum kissi ko bhi anti-national announce kar dete hai, even if it’s a Padma Bhushan, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Arjuna awardee Saina Nehwal.
Yes, she has been honoured with all of these prestigious titles and....
She also made India proud by winning the bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
But apparently what matters is that Saina Nehwal bewafaa hai! Period.
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So what did this ‘anti-national’ ace badminton player do to deserve such stigma?
The 26-year-old, like many of us, flaunted her new cellphone – Huawei Honor 8 – on social media. Like many of us, she too had a phone which wasn’t ‘made in India’. But unlike us, the shuttler got humiliated and labeled as ‘anti-national’ because Huawei Honor 8 is a Chinese brand, which she is a brand ambassador for.
Here’s the post Saina Nehwal shared with her fans on Sunday.
Some of the hate comments that Saina received:
Bhakts Had a Problem Even if it Was Gifted to Her
Demonetise ‘Made in China’ Products
Patriots Also Have the Right to Judge You
Ab Ki Baar, Indian Mobile
To all our dear desh bhakts, did you realise that you were trolling a former World No 1on a platform that is made by an American (Mark Zuckerberg)? And that you’re probably using a phone that is NOT ‘Freedom 251’? And are now using Paytm, which (sorry to burst your little bhakt bubble) is funded by China's Alibaba? Tadaaaa!
So what? From ‘adarsh balak’ you’ve now turned into an ‘anti-national’?
Here’s one thing we do want to know. Do you have a do’s and don’t list of whom to troll and whom to spare? ’Cuz trolling Saina Nehwal seem very unfair when you’ve got Sonam Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan endorsing Oppo mobile, a Chinese electronic manufacturer. Then you have Ranveer Singh for Vivo, a Chinese multinational technology company. Ranbir Kapoor for Lenovo, a product made in China. And Alia Bhatt for Gionee, which is, guess what? Also a Chinese smartphone.
So why haven’t we trolled these film celebs for promoting products made in China? Not that we are asking you to but reason kya hai? Is it because she’s not a filmy celeb and an easy target to be trolled? Or did you guys just confuse her with Sania Mirza? Or best, you guys need no logic or reasoning, just a bakra to unleash your pseudo-patriotism.
But guys, don’t you think you chose the wrong person this time? It’s Saina Nehwal who made us proud when the national anthem played at various international championships. It’s Saina Nehwal who carried our country’s name on her shoulders. It’s Saina Nehwal who put India on the world badminton map.
You don’t need a Chinese-made phone to determine your patriotism. But apko ab kaun samjhaye?
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