Recently, Arhan Singh, the man that Anushka Sharma shamed on social media for littering on the road, sent a legal notice to her and her husband.
In a video uploaded on social media by Virat Kohli, Anushka is heard saying to Singh- “Why are you throwing garbage on the road, you cannot just throw plastic on the streets just like that..”
She then asks the man to use a dustbin instead of throwing garbage on the streets.
Saw these people throwing garbage on the road & pulled them up rightfully. Travelling in a luxury car and brains gone for a toss. These people will keep our country clean? Yeah right! If you see something wrong happening like this, do the same & spread awareness. @AnushkaSharma pic.twitter.com/p8flrmcnba
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 16, 2018
After the incident, Singh had put up a post on Facebook where told off Anushka for “ranting and yelling” at him “like a crazy roadside person”. He also said that the garbage went out of his car mistakenly.
Disclaimer: i have no desire to gain any mileage from this post of mine… Horrible! So I happened to carelessly…
Even his mother posted on Instagram regarding this incident where she accused Anushka of putting his son’s privacy at risk and exposing him to “unwanted hostility”.
@anushkasharma @virat.kohli The last thing we would want is to get publicity out of your cheap STUNT in the name of CLEANLINESS! You both posted a video for your fans n followers by VIOLATING Basic Rights to privacy &you shamed my son in the video as well in your post content you both may be who you are in your fields, with millions of followers & all the PR backing you… you may be payed for your campaigning or maybe doing it for sheer publicity As a mother,I would like to state that you have not only shamed my son @arhhansingh on social media by not blurring his face, but youve also exposed him to unwanted hostility…. and danger from fanatics for such a small thing that you claim he has done but have no proof of anyways ? I am concerned about my sons SAFTEY !!! how dare you crush somebody’s image/and morale and reputation and expose him to public hate, a boy who is on the verge of starting his ventures, ..just to prove what good citizens you both are to increase your fan following ?How dare you?? If you both really cared or bothered about cleanliness , then you would actively do something about all the garbage in your own lane.. you would make a noise and use your VOICE to urge the municipal authorities to take action atleast in the lane where you live,to start with, which you haven’t . Posting videos of fake bravado just to fool your followers. If your intention was genuine then you would pull over and politely correct the person for littering IF THEY DID in a decent and real manner… and not by displaying such a rude and arrogant attitude, and then posting it for the world to see! You have caused a lot of grief with your post & this is morally and humanitarianly very wrong. You may be #AnushkaSharma or #viraatkohli in your house or on screen & the field…but on the streets you are just a citizen trying to correct another… DO IT WITH KINDNESS ….fear karma . And just FYI , he did not react badly, not coz of who you both are.. we couldnt care less,but only because he has a decent upbringing ! Unlike people like you, who seem to think that you are the empowered ones to talk and treat people as you wish !
Now, I’m not judging anyone with what they decide to do with their social media handles. Whether they post cat videos or nudes, it is their space. But what really gets out of hand is the legal notice that Arhan Singh sent to Virushka.
This is really taking the Hindi proverb “baat ka batangad banana” to another level. Even though it’s just a legal notice and not a full-fledged lawsuit, it still seems like a ploy for attention more than anything else.
And this is what I hate about people everywhere, we will do anything to get attention and publicity. When people say “any publicity is good publicity”, they don’t mean- go and file a legal notice so that all the news outlets cover you and you get your 5 minutes in the spotlight.
This problem is further propagated by our media’s age-old habit of giving attention to worthless stories because they are controversial and the readers’ habit to just lap up such content.
The problem that this creates is that the attention is diverted from the main issue to the events that happened after it. The problem, in this case, was Indians’ old habit to litter on the road and act like its cool.
Through their huge influence, Virat and Anushka tried to set an example by rebuking the man and putting it on social media. Granted, it did come off as a bit high handed and attention seeking, but in the end, the message was “littering is bad”
But now, the entire narrative is about who said what? What does Virat think about this? What does Anushka think about that? The conversation is no longer about how this systemic mindset that has been drilled into our heads needs to be removed.
It is no longer about how Indians lack a basic level of civic sense and need to be shamed in order to not pee on roads or spit on pavements.
Well, the conversation needs to be about this issue and we need to move ahead to remove this goldfish-memory-syndrome from society and media, where we just remember stuff for very little time and just forget it after that.
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