Indian Twitter Is Not Very Happy With Justin Trudeau’s Diwali Wish!
Justin Trudeau has always actively and enthusiastically participated in all the major Indian festivals and he made no exception for the ‘festival of lights’ that will be celebrated by Indians on October 19th. He took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to wish people Happy Diwali but Indians didn’t seem very pleased by his choice of words.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) October 17, 2017
The Canadian Prime Minister posted a picture of himself in a black sherwani with the caption ‘Diwali Mubarak’ which got retweeted about 800 times and liked by 3.5k users.
— CanadianPM (@CanadianPM) October 17, 2017
Indian Twitter wasn’t very happy about the fact that the Canadian PM used ‘Mubarak’ to wish Indians Diwali as the word holds its origin from the Arabic language.
A lot of Indians took to the microblogging site as they pointed out his ‘mistake’ urging him to rectify it.
Word to the wise : It's "Shubh-Deepavali", (Auspicious Deepavali), and NOT "Diwali Mubarak". "Mubarak" is Arabic, not Indian. @CanadainIndia
— Truthsayer (@a_truthsayer) October 17, 2017
My man you can’t say Mubarak when referring to Diwali
— Bhavana (@BhavanaNTR) October 17, 2017
Thank you, Mr.PM. Its good to hear from a global icon. But it's either 'subh deewali' (Hindhi) or deepavali Vazhthukal(Tamil).
— Abinayah Raguraam (@AbinayahR) October 17, 2017
It's not "Diwali Mubarak", it's "Diwali Ki Badhai" … Correct it ..
— Bhavesh K Pandey (@bhaveshkpandey) October 17, 2017
However, despite all the criticism, there were certain people who thought this was uncalled for and what matters is the spirit of the festival and the PM’s gesture.
You are awesome. Not sure why ppl getting offended by "Mubarak" Respect the sentiments behind, Mubarak just an Arabic word for blessing
— Shaan (@Shanyousaf6) October 17, 2017
What an odd way of phrasing it, but Thank you
— Raj (@pennythegirl) October 17, 2017
Justin’s participation in Indian festivals is one of the main reasons for the PM’s popularity amongst Indians living in Canada and here, back in India. In fact, in August, he made his maiden speech celebrating India’s Independence Day and won hearts all across the globe when he concluded it with ‘Jai Hind’.
Do you think it is justified for Indians to feel offended with his Diwali wishes? Shouldn’t we be spreading happiness this festive season instead of getting upset over someone’s way of conveying their love for us? Let us know your views in the comment section!
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