Singer Mika Singh, who urged his fans in Houston to join him in celebrating the independence days of India and “Apna Pakistan”, has drawn criticism from Indian-Americans for his “unforgivable” remarks. Twitter has been set on fire after his remark.
Mika Singh is expected to perform in Chicago and Houston on August 12 and 13 respectively, ahead of Independence Day. Mika posted about it on Twitter and wrote, “Be ready to rock with me.Houston and Chicago…. I’m coming to rock you guys Jai hind.”
Later the organisers of the show also posted a video of Mika briefing about his performance. In the video, Mika says that he’s ‘looking forward’ to celebrate the Independence Day of India and Pakistan. “15 August ko humara Hindustan azaad hua tha aur 14 ko humara Pakistan,” he says in the video, shared widely on Twitter.
The 40-year-old singer drew criticism for saying ‘Apna Pakistan.’ Mika’s statement has left Twitter very angry. A large number of Indian Americans have criticised the “ill-timed” video calling for a joint celebration at the show. They say the video comes across as a “cruel joke” in the wake of the ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the LoC, resulting in “deaths of innocent civilians and the armed forces personnel.”
Swapan Dhairyawan, a community activist and former president of the India Culture Centre, also said, “It would not have been an issue had the artist been performing for a regular concert. But emphasising it as a celebration of Pakistan Independence Day and saying on his viral video Apna Pakistan is unforgivable and unfortunate.”
Some of the tweets are here:
After people thrashed Mika Singh for his disgraceful remark where he mentioned ‘Humara Pakistan’, another threat has come for this singer from MNS. The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) threatened singer Mika Singh for performing at US in a program named ‘Hamara Pakistan’. An MNS leader, Ameya Khopkar challenged him on Twitter to hold a ‘MIC’ in Maharashtra now after this performance in US celebrating Pakistan’s independence.
Khopkar of the MNS on Thursday tweeted out against the singer and challenged him. Soon Khopkar’s tweet received immense support while censuring for the singer continued.
@[email protected] Mika Singh is doing 'Hamara Pakistan' Concert in USA!!Open Challenge to him, Try holding 'MIC' in Maharashtra Now
— Ameya Khopkar (@MNSAmeyaKhopkar) August 3, 2017