These days people find opportunities to troll celebrities just to gain the limelight. This time Sonam Kapoor fell prey to Twitter trolls when she referred to a line from the national anthem in an article she wrote for a leading English daily.
The article was, however, a part of a campaign ‘Let’s Talk About Trolls’ that is trying to raise awareness on online abuse and bullying. In the article, she gave an example of our national anthem and wrote,
I love my country but for some of you — and you’re the bigots, not me — I become ‘anti-national’ only because I ask questions or choose to be critical. Listen to the national anthem…recall the line you heard as kids, ‘Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Issai…
Twitterati were too quick to jump to a conclusion. They assumed that the actress doesn’t know the National Anthem of India. Many users started juxtaposing pictures of her quote and the lyrics of the national anthem to remind the actor that the words ‘Hindu, Muslim and Sikh’ do not appear in the song.
Soon tweets started flooding in and Tweeple mercilessly mocked the ‘Neerja’ actress.
Never knew our National Anthem was updated around the time when Sonam was a kid.. pic.twitter.com/POSf2E1tKw
— Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) April 21, 2017
Like Sonam Kapoor, I also love that part of National Anthem where it says “Yeh Mera India, I love my India”
— Nerd Stark (@itsaashuu) April 21, 2017
Bollywood is going through a phase of REMIX (Laila O Laila, Tamma Tamma). So Sonam Kapoor thought of remixing our National Anthem.
— Mauryaa om (@OmMauryaa) April 21, 2017
— A call from 1945 (@Acallfrom1945) April 21, 2017
— Madhavi(মাধবী) (@madhavi_writes) April 21, 2017
National Anthem was written by Bollywood. We were naively singing the Tagore version all these years. Thanks Sonam Kapoor for the eye-opener
— Abhijit Majumder (@abhijitmajumder) April 21, 2017
The sad reality of the time we are living in is that people believe in reacting and not responding. People saw Sonam Kapoor’s article with her liberal views and just attacked her without even noticing the FULLSTOP after the line, “Listen to the national anthem one more time.”
However, there were some who stood for Sonam Kapoor and quoted the full lyrics of the Tagore song of which only the first verse is the National Anthem.
— Kriti Trehan-Lahiri (@krititrehan) April 21, 2017
Sonam Kapoor is not technically wrong with her version of National Anthem. There is a second stanza that mentions religions.
— Sreeju Sudhakaran (@sree_thru_me) April 21, 2017
After all the trolling drama that Tweeple did, Sonam Kapoor came with a befitting reply for them and proved her point that she wanted to convey through her article. Here is what she said,
Thank you so much twitter for the amazing response to my article and also to the #trolls who proved my point by the way they responded 🤞❤🇮🇳
— Sonam Kapoor (@sonamakapoor) April 21, 2017