It always speaks of your respect for other religions when you wish for a festival in that culture. But if you take the shortcut of not doing your homework properly, your decision to only score political points can backfire in a major way. And social media is the most awkward place to make such a mistake because someone is always there to take a screenshot.
The Chief Minister of Sindh Province in Pakistan discovered this firsthand. Murad Ali Shah, the chief minister, wanted to extend Diwali’s wishes to the Hindu minority in the province.
Nothing wrong with that. It’s just that he wished people ‘Happy Holi’ instead of Diwali. Everyone probably knows that these two festivals are very distinct and have no similarity in the way they are celebrated.
The image tweeted by the @SindhCMHouse Twitter account showed Mr. Murad Ali Shah resplendent as the colors of Holi were featured to take pride of place in the photo. The words ‘Happy Holi’ can be seen splashed in large letters.
But the most striking AND the funniest is the depiction of what appears to be a huge crane in the photo.
Both Holi and Diwali might be festivals, but it’s absolutely certain that neither of them involve the participation of a crane. It may be to represent the Sindh region, but the selection of images is certainly not festive.
Social media is a brutal place. And this mistake by the chief minister of a large region of Pakistan did not go unnoticed.
“The CM of Sindh Province in Pakistan wishes Happy Holi on Diwali. Sindh is supposed to have the most indigenous Hindus and its PPP party is supposed to be the most inclusive and secular party. , try Mr. CM, “says one user.
Unsurprisingly, Sindh CM has now deleted the tweet.