Former Indian cricketer and Congress Leader, Navjot Singh Sidhu has been heavily criticized for his comments on the Pulwama attack. His comments were deemed to be anti-national and termed as if he was trying to defend the neighboring nation.
Following a severe backlash, Sony Entertainment Television has removed him from the popular Kapil Sharma Show. He used to appear as a guest on the show since its inception. Now, Archana Pooran Singh will replace him.
“His remarks have not been taken kindly by most. Also, the channel and the show was getting dragged into the unwanted controversy. This is when the team amicably decided that Navjot make a distance from the show. The team has already shot a couple of episodes with Archana,” a source was quoted as saying by the Indian Express.
Here’s what Navjot Singh Sidhu said earlier
On February 14, 2019, 40 CRPF personnel were killed in a terrorist attack on the Jammu Srinagar National Highway. The whole of India was burning after the inhuman act. Amidst all this, Sidhu made his opinion public.
“Nations cannot be held responsible for the dastardly acts of terrorists. The terrorists do not have deen, mazhab (sect and religion). There are good, the bad and the ugly. Every institution has them. Every nation has them. The ugly need to be punished. But individuals cannot be blamed for the dastardly act,” Navjot Singh Sidhu had said.
Recently, Sidhu came up with an explanation for his previous comments. He mentioned that he was seeking for a permanent solution.
“I was only saying that we need to find a permanent solution to the problem of terrorism. Why should soldiers be made to suffer each time? Such attacks have been happening for the last 70 years,” said Sidhu as quoted by NDTV.