The Indian flag fluttering in a sea of banners in the course of the US Capitol siege on Thursday sparked a lot debate – and a few amusement – on social media. Reactions ranged from anger and dismay to plain curiosity concerning the flag-waver.
A pointy trade between Congress chief Shashi Tharoor and BJP MP Varun Gandhi drew quite a lot of consideration.
It began off with Varun Gandhi’s Twitter put up by which he, like many others, requested why the Tricolour was even current at Capitol Hill at that second.
Why is there an Indian flag there??? That is one combat we undoubtedly need not take part in… pic.twitter.com/1dP2KtgHvf
— Varun Gandhi (@varungandhi80) January 7, 2021
Quoting Mr Gandhi’s tweet, the Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram stated, “…there are some Indians with the identical mentality because the Trumpist mob.”
Sadly, @varungandhi80, there are some Indians with the identical mentality as that Trumpist mob, who take pleasure in utilizing the flag as a weapon moderately than a badge of pleasure, & denounce all who disagree with them as anti-nationals & traitors. That flag there’s a warning to all of us. https://t.co/uJIaDlLklt
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) January 7, 2021
Inside an hour, Mr Gandhi replied saying, “Today, it is change into too straightforward to deride Indians for utilizing our flag to showcase our pleasure in our nation. On the identical time, it is also too straightforward to make use of the flag for nefarious functions. Sadly, most liberals have flagrantly ignored warnings of its misuse in anti-national protests (eg in JNU) in India as effectively. It’s a image of pleasure for us, and we venerate it with out due regard to any ‘mentality’.”
Quickly, the one that had apparently waved the Indian flag at Capitol Hill posted a tweet himself and addressed it to each Mr Tharoor and Mr Gandhi. Within the pinned tweet, Vincent Xavier, who had posted Fb photographs and movies of him as a part of the mob that swarmed the US Capitol, wrote: “American patriots – Vietnamese, Indian, Korean & Iranian origins, & from so many different nations & races, who imagine large voter fraud has occurred joined rally yesterday in solidarity with Trump. Peaceable protestors who have been exercising our rights!”
American patriots – Vietnamese, Indian, Korean & Iranian origins, & from so many different nations & races, who imagine large voter fraud has occurred joined rally yesterday in solidarity with Trump. Peaceable protestors who have been exercising our rights! pic.twitter.com/aeTojoVxQh
— Vincent Xavier (@VincentPXavier) January 8, 2021
This morning, a brand new twist emerged as some claimed on social media that Mr Xavier, a local of Kerala, is a supporter of Shashi Tharoor and likewise had met with him lately in Washington DC.
Sir, it appears this man holding ???????? flag throughout #CapitolHillChaos is understood to you????
Your phrases do not match your actions… https://t.co/VUhiLi8bSYpic.twitter.com/CsR4JpZtcd
— Ashish Singh (@AshishSinghNews) January 8, 2021
Gazab bezzati hai yaar pic.twitter.com/6Jw4yH46Om
— अंकित जैन (@indiantweeter) January 8, 2021
Mr Gandhi then used these posts and photographs to query Mr Tharoor.
Pricey @ShashiTharoor, now that we all know that this lunatic was such a pricey pal of yours, one can solely hope that you simply and your colleagues weren’t the silent ???? behind this mayhem. pic.twitter.com/bedkef7ZLc
— Varun Gandhi (@varungandhi80) January 8, 2021
Over to Mr Tharoor.