Actor Amitabh Bachchan has encouraged people to explore the beauty of the Indian islands after some Maldivian politicians made mocking comments on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Lakshadweep. On Monday, Amitabh reacted to a post by former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag on X (formerly known as Twitter). The veteran actor said, “Don’t damage our independence.” (Also read | Vir Das jokes that Indian celebrities and influencers are “afraid to post pictures from Maldives” amid controversy in Lakshadweep)
Amitabh talks about his visit to Lakshadweep, Andaman
Amitabh shared Virender's tweet and wrote, “Viru paji…this is so relevant and in the right spirit of our country…our own are the very best…I have been to Lakshadweep and Andamans and they are such amazingly beautiful places…stunning water beaches and the underwater experience is simply amazing…Hum Bharat hai, hum atmanirbhar hai, humari atmanirbharta pe aanch mat daliye (We are India, we are self-reliant, don't let anything affect our confidence), Jai Hind @virendersehwag.
What Virender said about India's beaches
Virender Sehwag shared several pictures of beaches in India in Bharat that have so much potential with some infrastructure support. Bharat is known for converting all Aapda into Avsar and this swipe at our country and our Prime Minister by Maldives ministers is a great Avsar for Bharat to create exactly the necessary infrastructure to make it attractive to tourists and boost our economy . Please name your favorite unexplored and beautiful places.
What is the dispute about?
Several other Bollywood stars like Shraddha Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Kangana Ranaut, John Abraham and others have joined the 'Visit Lakshadweep campaign' under the hashtag ExploreIndianIslands. This comes amid a row over derogatory comments made by some ministers in Maldives on social media on Prime Minister Modi's recent visit to Lakshadweep. The Maldivian government has distanced itself from the statements made by its ministers.
What PM Modi had said about Lakshadweep
On January 2, Prime Minister Modi visited the Union Territory of Lakshadweep and shared several pictures, including an “exhilarating experience” of him trying his hand at snorkeling. In a series of posts on on your list.”
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