You know you have done something wrong when BJP leader Subramanian Swamy comes in for your support.
“What is wrong if Virat Kohli tells a questioner that he should migrate abroad? Both have freedom of speech. But media is slamming Virat Kohli only,” said Mr. Swamy. He’d have contested a Padmabhusan for Kohli had the skipper said, ‘go to Pakistan’ instead. Nonetheless.
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Certainly, Virat Kohli’s “leave India” comment shouldn’t have caught so much attention and created this much controversy. But I am not really surprised. At times when Media wants to talk about anything but the social well-being of the country and when youths devour on a fan culture, a statement like this was bound to make it to the headlines.
When I heard Kohli say that, I thought it must be a Freudian slip. But his following statement on Twitter, in a way,justifying what he said was kind of awful.
“I guess trolling isn't for me guys, I'll stick to getting trolled! ? I spoke about how "these Indians" was mentioned in the comment and that's all. I’m all for freedom of choice.
Keep it light guys and enjoy the festive season. Love and peace to all. ✌” – Kohli Tweeted
A modest Dravid-esque tweet with a subtle apology could have taken him out of this PR mess.
This whole Kohli’s “leave India” comment saga makes one wonder, irrespective of the position you’re in and the education you have got, the national narration of “nationalists vs. anti-nationalists” have caught up with everyone. Also, it brings to concern how the word “trolling” is used so casually and vaguely. If you don’t like anything said about you on the social media, you can easily call it trolling and get yourself out of the scrutiny and criticism even when you said or done the worst things.
A basic set of action for Virat Kohli following his “leave India” comment is plain and simple: drop his machoisticbrashness and, as Harsha Bhogle suggests, get out of his head.
But then again, we should stop focusing on what the captain of the men’s national cricket team has said. We have enough troubles to focus on already.