New Delhi (Sputnik): Bollywood actress Payal Rohatgi has triggered an online debate by suggesting to make India a "Hindu nation". It left many users baffled and others favouring her idea.
In a video posted on Twitter, Rohatgi talked about how there are many Islamic and Christian nations in the world but not a single Hindu one.
"Rohingya Muslims rather Rohingya Bangladeshis should be chucked out of the country. India should be declared as a Hindu Rashtra [Hindu nation] as we the people of India want that. There are many Muslims and Christian nations in the world but there is no single Hindu nation as such…," she claimed.
"In past countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh have been forcefully carved out of India. Thus, in present times the Hindus only have India. India could be declared a Hindu nation and yet remain secular just like Dubai [UAE[ is an Islamic country yet it has secular credentials," she says.
हम हिन्दु को भी एक देश चाहिए जिसे हम अपना देश कह सके।पूरे विश्व में एक भी देश #HinduNation नहीं है।हर देश में हम #minority हैं और कोई भी देश भारत की हिन्दु संस्कृति को नहीं समज सकता as #Hinduism का origin हिंदुस्तान में तो हुआ। So secular होकर भी भारत #HinduRashtra हो सकता है 🙏 pic.twitter.com/Rat6OADT7X— PAYAL ROHATGI & Team —BHAKTS of BHAGWAN RAM (@Payal_Rohatgi) May 26, 2019
The post triggered a debate and backlash on Twitter, with some left "fuming".
One thing I’ve gained at Twitter is a healthy fear of #payalrohatgi ‘s tweets! They leave me fuming for days #learntolivewithit #horror #reallylikesati #isthisfreespeech #didsomeonejustdefendsati #feelsick— Wondering Woman (@Devyani58561937) May 28, 2019
Its really i cant say anything to you i can just laughing to hear your speech. I'm truely suggest you to Contact with psychologist— dhruv banerjee (@banerjee_dhruv) May 27, 2019
One user mocked her for backing a Hindu nation when her name originates from the Urdu language.
Another user posted old footage of an apparent sting operation done by a news channel in which she is seen allegedly accepting money for her posts on Twitter.
Payal, however, also had some users supporting her suggestion.
Well we have one 'Nepal'. But yess, we want Bharat to be Hindu nation. That's our right to call it as after partition Pakistan was called Islamic country. 🙏— Vishal (@Vishal09161330) May 26, 2019
Amongst the endless noises of Pseudo Seculars like @ReallySwara @SethShruti @RanaAyyub @BDUTT @FarOutAkhtar @Javedakhtarjadu there is a refreshing voice of @Payal_Rohatgi who stands for what is right and isn't afraid to express it. It's time for Hindus to unite #PayalRohatgi— Vertigo_Warrior (@VertigoWarrior) May 19, 2019