Rahul Kanwal apologises for ‘You’re in Nagaland, electricity goes off even in India’ faux pas
Dimapur, June 3 (EMN): An inadvertent response from India Today journalist Rahul Kanwal, to the Director General of Nagaland Police, Rupin Sharma, on the channel’s primetime show on Wednesday has sparked outrage, landing him in hot waters.
Sharma, who was one of the guests for the primetime show of India Today, was responding to a question when his screen blacked out. When he said that electricity had gone off, Kanwal responded: “Don’t worry, you are in Nagaland, electricity goes off even in India, please go on,” he said.
This faux pas didn’t go down well with many as Nagaland is an Indian state situated in north-eastern part of the country.
Following the incident, the BJP National Spokesperson and Advisor of IT, Science and Technology, Mmhonlumo Kikon, tweeted: “We need to invite @rahulkanwal to Nagaland very soon! We need major geography class for major media professionals too!”
Rahul Kanwal later apologised in a reply tweet to Kikon stating that it was a ‘slip of tongue’.
“This was a slip of tongue. My apologies. Was meaning to say Delhi. My bad”, he tweeted.
Advisor to the Chief Minister of Nagaland, Abu Metha also tweeted while sharing about the eight states of North-East.
“Dear @rahulkanwal please 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,” he tweeted.
“A bit of geography for our good friend @rahulkanwal. It’s called the #LandOfFestivals situated on the Indo-Myanmar international boundary. And we would love to host you. Come – let’s make memories together,” he also tweeted while sharing about Nagaland.
Kanwal also replied to Abu Metha’s tweet, “I’d love to come with my children to Nagaland. Many close friends are from your lovely state. Love the food and the culture. What happened yesterday was an inadvertent slip of the tongue. A million apologies for hurting your sentiments. I’m feeling very bad myself.”