"Insulting our armed forces is not justified."
Richa Chadha is facing a lot of backlash for seemingly mocking the Indian Army.
The actress posted a tweet in reaction to a statement made by Northern Army Command, Lieutenant General Upendra Dwivedi.
He commented on Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s remarks on taking back Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
He said: “As far as the Indian Army is concerned, it will carry out any order given by the Government of India.
“Whenever such orders are given, we will always be ready for it.
“The military is always ready to make sure that ceasefire understanding is never broken as it is in the interest of both nations, but if broken at any time, we will give them a befitting reply.”
In reaction to the statement, Richa Chadha wrote: “Galwan says hi.”
Her tweet did not go down well on social media, with many accusing her of mocking the Indian Army and belittling the sacrifice of the jawans in the 2020 Galwan clash between India and China.
BJP leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa tweeted:
“Disgraceful Tweet. Should be withdrawn at the earliest. Insulting our armed forces is not justified.”
Shiv Sena spokesperson (Uddhav faction) Anand Dubey urged Maharashtra Chief Minister Ekanth Shinde and Home Minister Amit Shah to take stringent actions against the actress’ “anti-national” tweet.
One person said: “Mocking the sacrifice of our soldiers at Galwan valley. Shameful and disgraceful.”
Another wrote: “Galwan says hi” writes Richa Chadha in response to a statement by a commanding officer on POK.
“Disrespecting those who gave their lives for India. Mocking the Indian Army.
“She proves once again there is no limit to how low this industry can sink. A boycott is all they are worth.”
Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit said he has filed a police complaint against Richa Chadha.
I filed a police complaint against actress #RichaChadha at #JuhuPolicestation (Mumbai ) .
Nobody has a right to mock our soldiers .
I hope @MumbaiPolice will act against her as per the law of the land . @mieknathshinde @Dev_Fadnavis pic.twitter.com/In0HD9LuJa
— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) November 24, 2022
Others said her upcoming film Fukrey 3 will be boycotted as a result of her comment.
Richa Chadha later deleted the tweet and responded to the backlash, claiming she had “no idea” that her tweet would cause so much controversy.
— RichaChadha (@RichaChadha) November 24, 2022
Tagging lawyer Saveena Bedi Sachar, Richa’s statement read:
“Even though it can never be my intention in the least, if the three words which are being dragged into a controversy have offended or hurt anyone, I apologise and also say that it would sadden me if even unintentionally my words have triggered this feeling in my brothers in the fauj (army) of which my own Nanaji has been an illustrious part.
“As a Lt. Col, he took a bullet in the leg in the Indo-China war, in the 1960s. My Mamaji was a paratrooper. It’s in my blood.
“A whole family is affected when their son is martyred or even injured while saving the nation which is made up of people like us and I personally know how it feels.
“It is an emotive issue for me.”