OPPO India has been bound by an “anti-national” debate for disrespecting the Indian national flag. At the company’s Noida plant, some official allegedly tore a picture of the national flag and flinged it into a trash can. Now the details of the event are not exactly clear, but the Chinese company is facing a major backlash with protests being held in front of its Noida office. Even users on social media have not spared the company.
BGR India got in touch with OPPO India for comments on the same, to which the company replied, “We are investigating the situation and will share an update once we verify all the facts.”
While OPPO is digging the facts, the issue is slowly becoming a big one among the protesters. At least the same can be said for social media. In the past few hours, many Indians have been enraged by the issue on Twitter, most of whom demand strict actions by the government. Many Twitteratis have also reached out to the new UP chief miniter Yogi Adityanath to look into the matter.
— Rishi Muni (@RishiUvaach) March 28, 2017
— Ishveena (@rosaceous) March 28, 2017
Nationalism has always been a sensitive issue in the country. Earlier this year, Amazon India was spotted selling door mats with the National flag pattern on them, which provoked a lot of friction, with eventually the external affairs minister taking the matter in her hands. Sushma Swaraj had asked Amazon to tender an unconditional apology and withdraw all products insulting the Tricolor, otherwise no Amazon official will be granted an Indian visa.
Similarly, back in 2015, in a post shared by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for the internet.org campaign, the state of Jammu and Kashmir had gone missing from the map of India. And for the same, Zuckerberg and the Chinese CCTV channel footage, sparked a major controversy.
Last year, during the first Global Citizen concert in India, Nationalist Congress Party spokesperson, Nawab Malik, had accused British rock band Coldplay’s lead singer Chris Martin of “disrespecting” the Indian national flag. The former minister demanded that the singer apologise for “hurting the sentiments of Indians.” Basically, Chris Martin had performed with the Indian flag partially tucked into the back pocket of his pants, which gave rise to the argument.
Lead image credit: @RishiUvaach, Twitter