Former cricketer Harbhajan Singh got slammed on Twitter after he put out a tweet putting down Muslim countries while congratulating India on the successful launch of Chandrayaan-2.
Singh, who is notorious for racially vilifying people, said in his tweet that while some countries have the moon on their flags, other countries have their flags on the moon. His tweet carried the flags of some Muslim countries that have the crescent moon on its flag, which many found disparaging and bigoted.
Some countries have moon on their flags
While some countries having their flags on moon
🇺🇸 🇷🇺 🇮🇳 🇨🇳#Chandrayaan2theMoon
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) July 22, 2019
Activist and CPI(ML) member Kavita Krishnan wrote a strong retort and pointed out to Singh that the Nepal flag also has the crescent moon on it. “May I disturb this bigoted story of yours with some reality? This is the Nepal flag, also with the crescent moon on it. Literally ‘flagging’ all ‘Muslim’ countries, is the essence of Islamophobic baiting & profiling,” Krishnan wrote.
May I disturb this bigoted story of yours with some reality? This is the Nepal flag, also with the crescent moon on it. Literally 'flagging' all 'Muslim' countries, is the essence of Islamophobic baiting & profiling. Wish you cd learn from Sri Lankan cricketers & rise above this. pic.twitter.com/HMPkexOE2V
— Kavita Krishnan (@kavita_krishnan) July 23, 2019
Disturbingly, the tweet he put out is a propagandistic WhatsApp forward message that has been doing the rounds since a long time, as one Twitter user pointed out.
I'm getting this tweet in Whatsapp since last few hours. The flags of 9 countries are mentioned (a jibe at those Islamic countries)
The above 6 countries too have moon on thier flags. But noone will mention them because 'Its not Kwel' https://t.co/M97fAkTHNW
— Advaid (@Advaidism) July 22, 2019
Another WhatsApp University graduate in making
— Spartan 🍁 (@morpheous_001) July 22, 2019
Another Twitter user also put up flags of Nepal and Singapore to educate Singh the same point.
Islamophob Whatsapp forwards mocking countries with crescent moon on their flags doing the rounds on the #Chandrayaan2 launch, mocking their lack of successful space programmes. Well, dummies you missed Nepal, Singapore among many others who have the crescent moon on their flags pic.twitter.com/d78Bm71bzN
— Man Aman Singh Chhina (@manaman_chhina) July 22, 2019
Several other users also found the tweet to be distasteful and called out Singh for his ignorance and bigotry.
Shame on you @harbhajan_singh .
Your Tweet is in bad taste and shows Indians in a bad light.
You are not a True Sportsman.
You are a Communal Person
I hope @bcci takes action against
You for your Communal Tweet and stops yours Pension .
Shame on You.
— Ashish Joshi (@acjoshi) July 22, 2019
@harbhajan_singh this Muslim bashing nationalism isn't expected from a national treasure like yourself.
Arab countries are rich enough to launch such a programs but it's their regressive thinking that stops them. We should not have them as comparison standard.
— E-smile bhai (@Esmilebhai) July 22, 2019
There's no cure for your bigotry, but here's a man from one of those countries, who helped Apollo land on moon, 50 years ago. Try and catch up!https://t.co/MDuF3mki9o
— DrameBaaz (@BaazDrame) July 22, 2019
Who so ever is out of work, starts prepping for joining BJP!
— Jas Oberoi | ਜੱਸ ਓਬਰੌਏ (@iJasOberoi) July 22, 2019