Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Diwali took to donning the preacher’s hat, asking all those celebrating the festival of lights to refrain from using firecrackers, in a neo-modern bid to allegedly help save the environment. Come every Diwali, seasonal environmental activists are seen crawling out of their dens in order to guilt-trip Hindus and other Indic communities for celebrating a festival which has in their minds become the sole reason for all global climatic catastrophes. While the firecracker industry of India was in any case put under extreme duress this festive season by the NGT and multiple foolish state governments owing to the imposition of bans and refrains on bursting of crackers, influencers like Kohli taking to social media only added to the woes of small traders, and jubilant Indians in general.
Happy Diwali 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/USLnZnMwzT
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) November 14, 2020
“A very happy Diwali from me to you and your families. May God bless you with peace, prosperity and happiness this Diwali. Please remember do not burst crackers, protect the environment, and have fun at home with your loved ones with a simple diya and sweets on this auspicious occasion. God bless you all, take care,” Kohli was heard saying in his video message. Having had just about enough of celebrities telling common Indians how to celebrate their festivals, what was witnessed on Diwali across the country was no less than a civil disobedience movement, as almost everyone took to celebrating the festival in all its grandeur, with firecrackers.
Social media users pointed out how Virat Kohli only earlier this month had been a first-hand witness to a firework display in Dubai, organised solely for the purpose of celebrating the Indian cricket team captain’s birthday. Kohli was accompanied by his wife Anushka Sharma for the celebrations. In the video, shared by RCB’s official handle, crackers can be seen being burst in the background right before Kohli and Anushka cut cake together. The video has been widely shared on Twitter with fans terming Kohli a ‘hypocrite’ for not practising what he has been preaching.
Why do they always have issue with Hindu festivals whether it's Diwali or Holi pic.twitter.com/GdKKCc7C6Q
— Hardik (@Humor_Silly) November 14, 2020
Namaste, virat “hypocrite “ Kohli 🙏 we don’t need you to preach about what has to be and what not to be done this deepavali. Stop being a woke n be a man. Not just somebody’s husband https://t.co/WOX4JghosG
— Truth First (@indian___first) November 14, 2020
HYPOCRISY at it's best
HYPOCRITES and OPPORTUNISTS of India 1.FAKE BOLLYWOOD 2. CRICKET they are working on
FAKE NATIONALIST agendasThe MOST RUBBISH Industry of India after DRUGGYWOOD, GUTTER WOOD BULLYWOOD, BOLLYDAWOODS is CRICKET @imVkohli @AnushkaSharma #YehDiwaliSushantWali https://t.co/ApVvQHuGct
— Aishwarya Biswas (@Aishwar31203183) November 14, 2020
Look at the cars Kohli owns. Look at the centralised air conditioned home he lives in.. the private chartered flights they use. Which one of it is environmental friendly @imVkohli ? You keep hitting sixers with your hypocrisy every year on Diwali.
— Maya (@Sharanyashettyy) November 14, 2020
You play cricket, we gave you love, adulation, status, endorsements and recognition.
NEVER, EVER make the mistake of imagining you are a social, religious or thought leader of the Hindus.
Stop preaching, you dont have the credentials for it. https://t.co/pNJajfkBsg
— Nisheeth Sharan (@nisheethsharan) November 14, 2020
Cricket fields don't require cutting trees. Water is not wasted. IPL doesn't burst crackers. Cars, team buses & ✈️don't use up fossil fuel. Marriages n adv don't burst crackers. Prods endorsed by dem r all eco friendly. Environment destroyed only due 2 bursting crackers on Diwali https://t.co/Wrr0d2PLWT
— Communalist Hindu (@Bauddhika108) November 14, 2020
Even while Virat Kohli stood in Dubai as a mute spectator, and even an active participant in the firework display organised on his birthday, the Indian skipper having the temerity to tell Indians how to celebrate their one-day festival did not go down well with a sea of people. Meanwhile, in fragrant disobedience to his own captain’s ‘request’, Indian all-rounder Shivam Dube, who also plays for RCB posted pictures of himself on Diwali, celebrating the night with firecrackers. This was sufficient content for netizens to once again take Kohli to the cleaners.
Wishing everyone a very happy Diwali & a prosperous new year ahead… pic.twitter.com/g0lZPzfJlY
— Shivam Dube (@IamShivamDube) November 14, 2020
Virat Kohli has successfully joined the elite league of Priyanka Chopra and other celebrities, who time and again have themselves worked overtime to be exposed as hypocrites due to their stand on firecrackers and their usage during Diwali. The experiences of such ‘influencers’ should serve as a reminder to others that they should stick to their professional obligations alone, and not unnecessarily tangle themselves in areas where their nose has no business being in.