Indian politician, Navjot Singh Sidhu, (otherwise known as Sidhu Pa Ji) is in the spotlight once again. Two months after Sidhu attended PM Imran Khan’s oath-taking ceremony, he has sparked controversy once again by comparing Pakistan to South India and claiming that Pakistan has better travel experience.
When he first visited, not only was Sidhu reprimanded by Indians for attended the oath-taking ceremony, but he also received massive criticism for hugging Pakistan’s Army Chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
Sidhu Pa Ji’s latest controversy took place while he was in Kasauli to participate in the 7th Khushwant Singh Literature Fest.
During a session on ‘Punjab, Punjabis, and Punjabiyat’, AAP MLA Kanwar Sandhu asked Sidhu about the cultural affinity between the two Punjabs to which he replied, “For me when I travel to the South, I can’t understand the language. Not that I don’t like the food, but I cannot have it for a long time, the culture is totally different. When I got to Pakistan, the language is the same, like you know, when you abuse in English 10 times, one abuse in Punjabi overpowers all.”
'For me when I travel the south, I can't understand the language. The culture is totally different. But If I go to Pakistan, the language is the same', says Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu #SidhuSouthIndiaJibe pic.twitter.com/MAvvi5wLpR
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) October 13, 2018
Let’s just say his compliments did not sit well with our neighbors
— The Civil Engineer (@im_civilengr) October 13, 2018
Most Indians claim he is a shameless traitor
What a traitorous man. No shame, no conscience, no self-respect. Navjot is just one step short of fighting an election in Pakistan now. https://t.co/w9ddoBdtXO
— Deepak Karamungikar (@DKaramungikar) October 13, 2018
Some blamed his choice of words on “internal issues”…
Basically, Indians are very very angry
Aah beta south India ko log tujhe kaise swagat kaise karte he dekh is baar
— ಅಮಿತ್ (@Naaane_Amit) October 13, 2018
and most are encouraging him to join politics with Imran Khan
It’s an insult to the punjabi brothers who r living in the south of india… it’s high time he joins himself in Imran’s party and get elected there & live in pak
— Ramesh Babu (@actuallycitizen) October 13, 2018
….and to never come back to India again
Sirjee aapko Pakistan Mubarak.please take a one way ticket and be happy there with all our blessings.
— Aarthi (@ss_aarthi) October 13, 2018
Pakistanis, on the other hand, thanked Sidhu for the compliments and want him to know he is always welcome in Pakistan
Others worried that his life may now be in danger
And some Pakistanis applauded his positive outlook towards Pakistan but thought Sidhu Pa Ji should be more respectful towards all of India
It seems like there’s no end to Sidhu’s love for Pakistan…I mean can you really blame him?
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