Monday, November 06, 2017

PV Sindhu Pulls Up Airline Staff On Twitter, Gets Trolled For Calling Mumbai Bombay

Celebrities and airport scuffles are common news today. From politicians to actors to sportspeople, there are many celebrities out there who haven’t seen eye to eye with airlines. The latest instance involves Olympic silver medalist badminton champion, PV Sindhu. It seems that Sindhu was carrying her badminton kit with her as cabin baggage, and ran into some trouble with excess baggage with the ground staff of an airline in Mumbai. There was some verbal squabble about the issue of her not being allowed to carry her racquets with her, which caused a commotion, and the member of the ground staff, a certain Mr. Ajeetesh, was allegedly rude to her, according to the tweets she posted. As many celebrities do, Sindhu took to Twitter for redressal in this regard. She tweeted about the matter and received a slew of responses.
Now, we are all for equal treatment of people regardless of who they are, but we do know that these rackets won India (and Sindhu) an Olympic medal and are probably like her babies. Normally, we'd pass this off as another celebrity throwing a tantrum at the airport, but according to Sindhu's tweets, the man was also rude to his own colleague Ashima, who tried to intervene in the matter and solve it politely. The airline, meanwhile, is standing staunchly behind its staff, declaring that Sindhu was trying to squeeze her racquets into an overhead bin where there was no room. Either way, the matter is murky and, the comments in response to Sindhu’s tweet were also divided on the issue. While some slammed the airline in question, some alleged that Sindhu should not have expected special treatment.
Strangely though, the matter soon went in a totally different direction, and resulted in irrelevant responses about how she had used the word Bombay instead of Mumbai in her tweet. A whole lot of random debates about colonisation and using English words ensued. Sindhu's problem with the airline disappeared into oblivion as she was forced to tweet an apology for using the old name for Mumbai.
Now, our country has a weird way of focusing on absolutely random and irrelevant things at the wrong time, to the point that it is almost a rude joke in the face of actual issues. When we are faced with poverty and hunger, we don't care to treat those issues but instead allocate money to build statues. As we saw in Mumbai recently, much fanfare and money went into renaming a railway station, while people died trying to navigate its ancient infrastructure. The least we can do in debates like this is to not distract from the issue at hand, if not actually trying to make a difference.
06/11/17 iDIVA

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