Kohima, June 03 (NEx): The News Director of India Today, Rahul Kanwal‘s, response to Director General of Nagaland Police, Rupin Sharma, IPS during a primetime show at India Today on Wednesday, sparked outrage. Kanwal later apologized for his statement and said ‘this was a slip of tongue.’
Rupin Sharma IPS was one of the panel guests for a primetime show at India Today on “Fugitive Mehul Choksi still an Indian Citizen? “. While Sharma was replying to Kanwal’s question his screen went black and Rupin Sharma said, “Rahul my electricity has gone off.”
In response to that, Kanwal said, “Don’t worry, you’re in Nagaland, electricity goes off even in India, please go on speaking Rupin, we’ll just listen to what you’re saying.”
Is Mehul Choksi still an Indian citizen?
Rupin Sharma, DGP, Nagaland, Vijay Agarwal, Mehul Choksi’s lawyer and Senior SC lawyer Aman Sinha tell us. #Newstrack with @RahulKanwal #MehulChoksi #Dominica #Antigua pic.twitter.com/OCTb951GFc
— IndiaToday (@IndiaToday) June 2, 2021
Following this, BJP National Spokesperson and Advisor to Government of Nagaland, Mmhonlumo Kikon quoting the primetime video clip and said in a tweet, ‘We need to invite Rahul Kanwal to Nagaland very soon! We need major geography class for major media professionals too!’
Later, Rahul Kanwal apologized in a reply tweet to Kikon. “This was a slip of tongue. My apologies. Was meaning to say Delhi. My bad,” – tweeted Kanwal.
This was a slip of tongue. My apologies. Was meaning to say Delhi. My bad
— Rahul Kanwal (@rahulkanwal) June 3, 2021
Meanwhile, Advisor to Nagaland Chief Minister, Abu Metha while sharing the names of 8 states in Northeast India highlighting on different tribes, culture and traditions, invited Rahul Kanwal to visit NorthEast and Nagaland as soon as the situation allows. ‘We would love to host you and give you a taste of our culture, hospitality and beautiful landscape. Come and make memories here,’ – Metha’s tweet reads out.
It is pertinent to note that this is happening at a time, when students’ bodies and universities across North East India is planning for a virtual campaign through the micro-blogging site, Twitter on June 04, 2021 to appeal the government of India for inclusion of a mandatory chapter in relation to Northeast India in NCERT textbooks, due to rising cases of racist slur against the people of Northeast region in the country.