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Sidhu sacked from Kapil Sharma’s show

DN Verma

Former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu’s recent pro-Pakistan remarks after the Pulwama (Jammu & Kashmir) attack and killing of 40 Indian para-military soldiers received a lot of flak all across different social media platforms in India and also NRIs abroad. 

As was natural, there was an uproar and demand for his ouster from the popular Kapil Sharma Show where he adorned the ‘chair’ and regaled his audience and guests with poetical compliments, and also crisp remarks and one-liners. 

But Sidhu probably wanted to project another kind of image – an ideal statesman for peace and goodwill, conciliation and good neighborliness with Pakistan. His old cricketer-friend, and Pakistan’s former Captain, Imran Khan, who won the World Cup for his country, is now Prime Minister in Islamabad (of course at the mercy of the all-powerful Pakistani military and ultra-religious Islamic parties.) He had invited Sidhu to his ‘coronation’ in Pakistan and Sidhu not only obliged him but also hugged the Pakistani military chief, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa at the function. 

All that was condemned by millions in India. 

However, Sidhu did not care and after Pulwama attack, in February, did not condemn Pakistan. On the other hand he defended the country saying that one man’s terror act does not mean you condemn the entire country of Pakistan. 

Sidhu conveniently forgot that most of the terror attacks against India in Jammu & Kashmir, Mumbai and elsewhere are a part of proxy war by Pakistan to weaken India. The terrorists and other traitors inside and outside India have been in touch with Pakistan, have been trained and supplied with weapons by Pakistan and most of the attacks have been master-minded by anti-India terror-leaders in Pakistan. 

Despite India’s condemnation, and demands, Pakistan has never taken any action against these terror leaders and has always defended and shielded them. 

In the light of all that, Sidhu’s sympathies with Pakistan were bound to be blasted by Indians; even his Congress party in Punjab distanced itself from Sidhu’s statements and comments. 

No wonder the demand for his ouster from Kapil Sharma’s highly popular show became louder and Sony pictures had to fire him. 

Navjot Sidhu, the current minister in the Punjab Congress ministry of Capt. Amarindar Sigh, was previously a Bharatiya Janata Party Member of Parliament; his wife was also a BJP lawmaker. After Sidhu left the BJP and joined Congress, he boasted that he was a ‘born Congressman.’ Wow! 

During his media interaction after Pulwama attack, Sidhu had stated, “For a handful of people, can you blame the entire nation and can you blame an individual? It (the attack) is a cowardly act and I condemn it firmly. Violence is always condemnable and those who did it must be punished.”

This type of statement without acknowledging the source, did not go down well with many who took to Twitter demanding his immediate ouster from the show. Twitterati reacted strongly and posted tweets such as "we should all boycott Kapil Sharma's show till Sidhu is removed", "Kapil Sharma, remove Sidhu from your show or we will boycott The Kapil Sharma Show", “We will boycott Sony channel also till Sidhu is there on the show.”

After that kind of demands, the channel had an internal discussion and decided to sack Sidhu from the show.

Remember, nobody is indispensable and more so, those who adopt an anti-India, pro-enemy stance.