India – the seventh largest country and with a population of more than 1.2 billion which makes it the second-most populous country. India, not only has a parliamentary system of government which makes the working of the country strong and smooth, but also, this country is said to be one of the ‘most-diverse’ countries in the world. From cultures to religions to fashion, we can see variety of everything in India and that makes this country have a raging population of tourists from all corners of this world.
However, India is a developing country and a developing country can never be free of controversies. According to various political ideologies, constraints are important for avoiding chaos amongst social groups and also, so that majority can force their ideas upon the minority.
Well, talking about controversies, these are 28 controversies India faced in 2017. Let’s have a look:
1. Padmavati- according to Karni Sena and many social groups, historical character, Padmavati was portrayed in a negative and disrespectful manner in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’.
2. Advertisements can create controversies too. Zomato’s ad highlighting ‘MC’ ‘BC’ did hurt the sentiments of many Indians. Indians ‘rarely’ use cuss words, right?
3. Indians were never really that ‘cool’ when it comes to fashion or anything related to it. Priyanka Chopra was slammed all over social-media for wearing a ‘dress!’ when she met Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. Still in 2017, according to many, women can’t wear what they want. OH PLEASE!
4. Sex is a taboo in India. Still? YES! According to many here, Indians don’t have sex and it’s definite that Sunny Leone’s ‘unsanskaari’ Navratri themed condom-ad did hurt the sentiments of many.
5. We, especially the girls, are asked to think twice before posting anything on social media. A bit of cleavage and it’s the gossip for everyone the next day! Esha Gupta’s lingerie shoot violated the Indian saying – “Indian girls should be covered always”.
6. You don’t mess with religious sentiments in India. It can make anyone apologize, even ‘Jawed-Habibs’. They had to apologize and get their advertisement removed.
7. Again we come back to the same point of ‘Women can’t do anything or everything they like to do’. So, what if that lady is the wife of Irfan Pathan, Indians still slammed her over social-media. Pathan’s wife, Safa Baig, was offended for being too un-Islamic.
8. Muslims celebrating Hindu festivals? DON’T EVER DO THAT! Or else, you will be ‘called out’ like Irfan Pathan.
9. Mothers are not supposed to expose anything about their private life. ‘Buri nazar lag jaati hai’,they say. Similarly, Lisa Haydon offended trolls for posting a picture where a mother was breastfeeding her child.
10. National sentiments were hurt in this! AIB was roasted for making meme on PM Modi and it was said that it was a publicity stunt.
11. Reports said that Snapchat’s CEO, Evan Spiegal commented on India’s economy and said that apps like Snapchat should not be expanded in ‘poor’ countries like India. We have very tolerant people, Mr.Spiegal. How can you even do that?
12. Tweets by Sonu Nigam about forced religiousness and the usage of loud speakers at places of worship offended many.
13. Never express your ‘current mood’ with a picture of your god or goddess. This can land you up into trouble, just like Katy Perry faced a hard time.
14. Delhi Metro commuters were offended by the presence of a ‘Muslim’ man as per Facebook post, asking him to go back to Pakistan.
15. Bride showing legs on her wedding, that too in India? Haye ram! Toronto-based South-Asian bridal magazine cover was ‘destroying Tamil culture’ for showing bride’s legs.
16. Indians were offended by Gordon Ramsay’s comment on an Indian dish.
17. When sex is a taboo in India, tattoos on your body decides your character here. JUST BY THE WAY. Sofia Hayat said to have hurt the religious sentiments of many Indians with her ‘swastika’ tattoo.
18. Indians are totally cool with modern fashion, I must say! They end up trolling cricketer Mohd Shammi’s wife for wearing a beautiful gown.
19. ‘Women-oriented’ film? SPARE ME THE HORROR! Censor board can be really judgmental sometimes. They got offended by the film ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’.
20. Zara offended MNS for selling Pakistani products. Even non-livings things are terrorists for them.
21. Kannadigas decided to get offended by actor Sathyaraj’s statements made nine long years ago.
22. Many Hindus were offended by an Australian ad showing Lord Ganesha committing the sin of eating beef.
23. If you need to prove a point of a debate in college, then violence is the only way. Something similar happened in DU’s Ramjas College where ABVP got offended by a seminar where Umar Khalid was a speaker.
24. Dangal actor, Zaira Wasim, offended many Kashmiris by her ‘actions’ and had to apologise on Facebook.
25. Another Dangal actor, Fatima Sana Shaikh, offended people for wearing a bikini during Ramadan because people decide what women will wear in this country.
26. Never compare a baby with a dog. It’s insensitive! Mira Rajput’s comments on being a stay-at-home mother and the following comparison were pretty difficult on heart.
27. People were offended after some Kerala students presented a flash mob wearing a hijab on World Aids Day, because you can’t do anything good in this country without offending someone.
28. Girls don’t smoke! Mahira Khan was spotted smoking with Ranbir Kapoor and of course, India is a very tolerant country.