Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense is currently facing backlash for a tweet that depicted the Hindu Goddess Kali in a plume of smoke caused by a blast fume. The tweet, which was posted on Ukraine’s Defense of Ukraine’s official Twitter handle, has been regarded as offensive and “Hinduphobic” by many Indian netizens.
Work of art,” the official Twitter account wrote on Sunday after publishing a photo of an Indian deity resembling Marilyn Monroe in an upskirt moment. Due to the caricature’s resemblance to a revered Hindu deity with its blue skin tone, tongue-out pose, and a wreath of skulls around the neck, Indian users were furious with Ukraine for mocking the Hindu culture.
After receiving massive criticism, the Ministry of Defense deleted the tweet. Indian Twitter users have been urging the social platform’s CEO Elon Musk and India’s foreign minister S Jaishankar to take strict action against Ukraine’s act.
Most Indians were neutral. Your unnecessary tweet made them against you. You might lose nothing but you will be reminded of this insensitive tweet in your every post.
— Srihari Karanth (@sriharikaranth) April 30, 2023
“Most Indians were neutral. Your unnecessary tweet made them against you. You might lose nothing but you will be reminded of this insensitive tweet in your every post.” replied Srihari Karanth (nitizen) to one of the Ukraine’s defense ministry tweets after it deleted the controversial tweet.
The tweet was posted just days after Emine Dzhaparova, the deputy foreign minister of Ukraine, paid her first prominent visit to India since the conflict in her country broke out.
The hinduphopic tweet, according to Kanchan Gupta, senior advisor to the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, is an attack on Hindu emotions worldwide. He also slammed Kiev for often asking India for assistance and support while the eastern European country frequently acted against India.