Bollywood celebrities are beloved by Pakistanis and handled as their very own, which is why it was significantly disheartening to see lots of them shortly be part of the nationalist bandwagon within the aftermath of the Pulwama assault and encourage navy assaults towards Pakistan. In no manner was this extra disappointing than it was within the case of Priyanka Chopra.
Chopra is now a worldwide celeb, having gained the Miss World competitors, labored as a Bollywood and Hollywood actress in addition to her temporary stint as a musician. Being a global celeb provides one the facility to affect and encourage individuals all throughout the globe, however Chopra set this apart to supply her help to the Indian military and cheer for warfare within the subcontinent.
Jai Hind #IndianArmedForces 🇮🇳 🙏🏽
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) February 26, 2019
Nevertheless, what made Chopra’s warmongering worthy of worldwide outrage was her official position because the United Nations Worldwide Kids’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador. To see a person actually appointed as the worldwide ambassador for peace blatantly take sides and cheer for warfare is shameful and disturbing to say the least. As somebody who was once a fan of Chopra and loved a few of her work, my anger was adopted by disappointment as I misplaced respect for yet one more Bollywood celeb.
However Chopra has maybe at all times been a controversial determine. Her admiration of Narendra Modi, in spite of everything, extends to the extent of him attending one in all her many wedding ceremony receptions. I consider Chopra’s help for the Indian Air Power (IAF) was yet one more type of pandering to the rising nationalism and anti-Pakistan camps in India. She was clearly making an attempt to play to the gallery however didn’t realise she was really taking part in with fireplace. In any case, how may she have identified the state of affairs would in the end find yourself de-escalating and never end in World Conflict III?
You recognize one thing is unsuitable with @UN when their goodwill ambassador applauds a blatant line of management violation by @IAF_MCC that may doubtlessly result in a warfare between two nuclear powers
— Kanza Azeemi (@kanza_azeemi) February 27, 2019
It needs to be famous that UNICEF was created by the UN General Assembly in 1946 to supply meals and healthcare to youngsters in countries that had been devastated throughout World Conflict II. UNICEF can also be actively working to assist Syrian refugees and kids who’ve been displaced as a result of Syrian Civil Conflict. Unusually, Chopra visited a refugee camp in Jordan final yr which was apparently a really “emotional” expertise for her. Let’s have a look at a few of Chopra’s statements after she visited some refugee camps to additional make clear the hypocrisy that’s at show right here. She visited a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh in Might 2018 and gave the following statements:
“There may be nonetheless a lot extra help wanted. The youngsters I met had been smiling however I may nonetheless see unhappiness of their eyes that mirrored the carnage and horror they witnessed.”
“Regardless of the place a baby is from or what his or her circumstances are, each little one is the way forward for this world.”
“Be compassionate for the sake of the humanity.”
In 2017, when she visited a Syrian refugee camp, she gave the following statements:
“The world has seen the ache warfare has left in Syria however the resilience and pleasure and hope despite it’s so inspiring to me.”
“The anger and agony I felt seeing these stunning hopeful youngsters ravaged by warfare was so uncooked.”
How may she get emotional whereas seeing youngsters displaced by warfare and never realise the influence an Indo-Pak warfare would have on the youngsters within the subcontinent? Even after witnessing the implications of warfare first-hand, how can Chopra not really feel for the youngsters of Pakistan and India who would undergo the identical destiny? Extra importantly, how can she preserve any credibility in her title? The subsequent time she visits a refugee camp or talks concerning the ills of warfare, are we anticipated to take her severely? She actually had one job – to advertise peace – and she or he failed. How can she stay a Goodwill Ambassador when she has misplaced all goodwill?
You’re a goodwill ambassador of PEACE! I am not even from Pakistan and I discover this disgusting! You’ll be able to’t decide & select the place peace goes! We’d like peace for the entire world! @priyankachopra
— Adnika (@adnikalove) February 26, 2019
— Rattanamol (@Rattanamol) February 27, 2019
In gentle of this, a petition has been addressed to UNICEF to take away Chopra from this position, and whereas this could occur, it’s unlikely. There have been sure problematic ambassadors previously which have confronted motion after a scandal to be able to preserve the United Nations’ (UN) credibility, corresponding to Maria Sharapova’s suspension after she failed a drug take a look at in 2016. In 2011, Aisha Qaddafi was fired from her position because the National Goodwill Ambassador amid the revolt towards her father, Muammar Qaddafi. The identical occurred in 2017 to Robert Mugabe, former president of Zimbabwe, after public outrage at his appointment.
Submitted decision in PA requesting @UN to revoke @priyankachopra of her @UNICEF goodwill ambassadorship. She praised India’s navy on crossing of LOC & celebrated an try of warfare towards Pakistan. We have to Cease warfare supporting celebrities from representing the UN!!
— Hina Butt (@hinaparvezbutt) March 2, 2019
So whereas Chopra ought to undoubtedly be fired after her remarks, because the uproar is especially coming from Pakistan, any motion on their half is uncertain. In any case, the UN has an ongoing pattern of turning a deaf ear to what Pakistanis should say, confirmed by the dearth of motion relating to the insurgency in Indian-occupied Kashmir.