Hostilities towards Pakistanis have been on the rise lately. From having blocked the export of tomatoes, to preventing movie releases, to boycotting Pakistanis in general, things have escalated pretty damn fast.
Indians are being extremely negative toward Pakistan after the Pulwama incident
This much is certainly not a secret but some of their actions are a little too far, and maybe even a little stupid.
The latest instance of hostile behavior includes a bakery – yes, a mere bakery – that has come under fire.
An Indian mob pressurized owners of a bakery by the name of ‘Karachi Bakery’ in Bangalore to cover its name. Why? Because, well, Karachi hai na naam main.
Extremist individuals and groups in India have been making sure that they eradicate all things relating to and hinting towards affiliations with Pakistan from their country. How exactly this move will benefit India remains a mystery to all.
Karachi Bakery in Bengaluru forced to cover name board after mob demands change of name https://t.co/QRm7Uxr0mO
— Milli Gazette (@milligazette) February 23, 2019
Apparently some protesters pushed for the bakery to remove ‘Karachi’ from its name since they thought it belonged to Pakistani entrepreneurs.
In an attempt to show their contempt towards Pakistan and to retaliate after the Pulwama Attacks, angry nationalist mobs resorted to threatening a local bakery to change its name, or at least hide it, to prove that it stands with the people of India.
Protesters thronged KARACHI bakery in Indiranagar, Bangalore and demanded that Karachi part on sign board must be covered because of Pulwama attack. Protesters THOUGHT BAKERY WAS OWNED BY A PAKISTAN COMPANY. #Bengaluru pic.twitter.com/9MsoValyJb
— Deepkaran singh (@Deepkaran1515) February 23, 2019
However, that is not the case. The bakery in question is apparently owned by a man from Sindh called Khanchand Ramnani who found a home in Hyderabad after the Partition. A tweet informing people talked about the same:
Karachi Bakery was started by a man from Sindh named Khanchand Ramnani, who settled in Hyderabad after Partition….but what do illiterate vigilantes unleashed by the Sangh Parivar know about being refugees and losing the place that is home https://t.co/4JGlkJW1q6
— anjali mody (@AnjaliMody1) February 22, 2019
The fact that some Indians are threatening and forcing their own people to show their solidarity towards their homeland through such acts of violence and hatred is heartbreaking. The saddest part is that the owners had to give in, covering ‘Karachi’ and displaying the Indian flag to express solidarity.
Few unidentified people arrived at Karachi Bakery in Bengaluru's Indiranagar and demanded that the name of the bakery be changed. The people running the bakery covered the word 'Karachi' and displayed the India flag to pacify and diffuse the situation. pic.twitter.com/zaqGAK6vvt
— Prajwal (@prajwalmanipal) February 22, 2019
From the looks of it, many Indians are not happy with the event.
While some Indians have been overcome by anger and are ready to eliminate all things Pakistani from their country, there are other rational individuals who condemn such petty acts.
The jobless goons in Bengaluru who want Karachi bakery name changed have zero understanding of history: when you can't give a real 'mooh-tod' jawaab, we resort to these cheap gimmicks. All to keep 'nationalist' outrage factory working..
— Deepkaran singh (@Deepkaran1515) February 23, 2019
Trying to change the name of Karachi Bakery? And I thought we were game changers and not name changers.
— Valay (@valayism) February 23, 2019
People in Banglore are protesting against Karachi bakery . Absolute clownish and pathetic . #Banglrprotests
— Hemanth Raj (@hemanthrj) February 23, 2019
The situation, when being analyzed from a sound perspective, shows the horrific state of affairs in India. The hate some of the countrymen harbor for us has grown to an extent which is forcing them to be a source of inconvenience to their own people.
People from both ends of the border are taken aback by this petty act of violence and intolerance.
— Hussain Nadim (@HNadim87) February 23, 2019
People are also comparing India with Pakistan to prove a point.
Karachi Bakery in Bengaluru; name covered due to fear of violence Vs long queue outside Bombay Bakery Hyderabad Pak.
It's bcoz after nearly 1000 yrs of rule; muslims don't have any inferiority complex but Hindus do have.
Bombay Bakery is "The Best" bkry in Pakistan since 1926. pic.twitter.com/qwj9Qlp5Cw
— Rao Saab (@RaoSaab2) February 23, 2019
Yesterday some patriotic Indians in Bengaluru forced Karachi Bakery owner to remove 'Karachi' from the name. On the other hand we've in Hyderabad (Sindh) Bombay Bakery for over a century and we've no issues with the name of the bakery. Feel the difference. #HindustanVsPakistan pic.twitter.com/lJ1lXKHSdU
— Saleh Hassan (@iamSaaleh) February 23, 2019
Bombay Bakery remains one of Hyderabad’s most renowned bakeries, and people travel huge distances just to grab themselves the cakes that are sold there.
Extremist groups seem to be losing their calm in such complex and critical times. However, some people are also trying to do their level best to talk sense into people of a similar mindset.
Bad call. Ask to change name "Karachi Bakery". Absurd. Are you going to ask all Imran to change name? Names – Azhar, Masood, Sayeed, Salauddin are 1000s in India, can we ask all to be change? Stop Childish & cheap act #HindustanVsPakistan. Yes, #NoCricketWithPakistan is good
— Mukesh Kumar Singh (@MukeshKsinghLaw) February 23, 2019
While certain extremist groups continue to spew hate for us across the border, we are left asking: how does this benefit anyone?
What do you think about this incident? Let us know below.
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