A day after BJP’s newly elected East Delhi MP Gautam Gambhir condemned the alleged Gurugram incident, in which a Muslim man was assaulted and termed it as ‘deplorable’, actor Anupam Kher has advised for him. The cricketer-turned-politician remark did not go well with a portion of BJP leaders. Advising Gambhir over his comment and said “fall into a trap of getting popular with a section of media” and refrain from making statements.
“Dear @GautamGambhir !! Congratulations on your win. As a passionate Indian, it made me very happy. Not that you have asked for my advise but still- Don’t get into a trap of getting popular with a section of media. It is your work that will speak. Not necessarily your statements,” Kher tweeted on Tuesday.
Dear @GautamGambhir !! Congratulations on your win. As a passionate Indian it made me very happy. Not that you have asked for my advise but still- Don’t get into a trap of getting popular with a section of media. It is your work that will speak. Not necessarily your statements.🙏— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) May 28, 2019
Condemning the Gurugram incident, Gambhir took to Twitter and authorities to take "exemplary" action in the matter.
“In Gurugram Muslim man told to remove skullcap, chant Jai Shri Ram”.
It is deplorable. Exemplary action needed by Gurugram authorities. We are a secular nation where @Javedakhtarjadu writes “ओ पालन हारे, निर्गुण और न्यारे” & @RakeyshOmMehra gave us d song “अर्ज़ियाँ” in Delhi 6,” Gambhir tweeted.
Reacting on his comment a senior Delhi BJP leader said, “Gambhir is no longer a cricketer and he should realise this that his words and actions will be seen through the prism of politics. Nobody likes such incidents but what is the use of commenting on an incident in Haryana which may be used against the BJP by other parties.”
Gambhir, however, said that his secularism emanated from PM Narendra Modi's philosophy of 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’. "My thoughts on secularism emanate from honourable PM Mr Modi's mantra "Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas".. I am not limiting myself to Gurugram incident alone, any oppression based on caste/religion is deplorable. Tolerance & inclusive growth is what the idea of India is based on," he said in another tweet.
The 25-year-old Muslim man had alleged that he was thrashed by unidentified men in Gurugram’s Sadar area, for wearing a traditional skull cap. Alam alleged that gang of four-five people beat him up and forced him to remove skull cap. He claimed they forced him to chant “Jai Shri Ram". He said when he refused, he was manhandled.