“Galwan Says Hi”: Actor Richa Chadha says sorry after backlash over tweet

Actor Richa Chadha today put out a public apology after a huge backlash over a comment that appeared to deride a top army commander’s statement on taking PakistanOccupied Kashmir (PoK) back with a reference to the 2020 Galwan clash with Chinese troops.

The actor had controversially posted on Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi’s statement that the army is “always ready” for any order from the government on taking back parts of Kashmir illegally occupied by Pakistan and “would give them a befitting reply”.

Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi made his statement while reacting to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s remarks stressing the government’s resolve to take back Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

Sharing the commander’s statement, Richa Chadha wrote on Twitter, “Galwan says hi.”

“Even though it can never be my intention in the least, if the 3 words which are being dragged into a controversy have offended or hurt anyone, I apologise and also say that it would sadden me if even unintentionally my words have triggered this feeling in my brothers in the fauj (army) of which my own Nanaji has been an illustrious part,” Richa Chadha said in her apology tweet.The post went viral with many calling it “shameful and disgraceful”.

In her apology post, Richa Chadha said her grandfather, a ‘Lt Col’ took a bullet in the leg in the Indo-China war. “My Mamaji was a paratrooper. It’s in my blood. A whole family is affected when a son is martyred or even injured while saving the nation which is made up of people like us and I personally know how it feels. It is an emotive issue for me.”

The BJP denounced the actor’s “Galwan says hi” tweet in a video statement.

“India and Indians respect the Army and the armed forces. When our chief of the army says something we respect that. It is unfortunate that someone from posting something on social media decides to mock the army”.

“‘Galwan says hi’ writes Richa Chadha in response to a statement by a commanding officer on POK. Disrespecting those who gave their lives for India. Mocking the Indian army. She proves once again there is no limit to how low this industry can sink. A boycott is all they are worth,” said one user.

“Mocking the sacrifice of our soldiers at Galwan valley. Shameful & disgraceful,” said another.

Twenty Indian soldiers died for the country in the Galwan clashes that broke out in June 2020. Over 40 Chinese soldiers were killed or injured in that incident, which set off a series of confrontations between the two nations.