Priyanka Chopra's journey from a model to a Bollywood superstar to an International icon and UN's Goodwill Ambassador for Peace has been a commendable one. The 37-year-old actress/activist is seen as a role model by millions of women across the globe. But, one nation is protesting against her for promoting and "encouraging nuclear war".
Pakistan's Human Rights Minister, Dr Shireen M. Mazari has written to UNICEF (United Nation's Children Fund) to remove Priyanka Chopra as the UN Goodwill Ambassador for Peace. Hashtags #RemovePriyankaChopra and #HypocriteMemberOfUnicef are trending on social media. Pro-Pakistani supporters are accusing her of endorsing Indian Air Force's airstrikes in Pakistan's Balakot post the Pulwama attack in February this year.
So humbled. Thank u @UNICEFUSA for honouring me with the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award at the #UNICEFSnowflake Ball in December! My work with @UNICEF on behalf of all the world's children means everything to me..Here’s to peace freedom & the right to education #ForEveryChild pic.twitter.com/OZ4Qppc1y4— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) June 12, 2019
In fact, PC's Instagram and Twitter posts, especially the ones from her recent trip to Ethiopia for UNICEF, are flooded with hate comments too. People are calling her out for supporting rights of children from other nations but ignoring the ones suffering in Kashmir, in light of the situation post the scrapping of Article 370 (that gave special status to J&K).
"The entire policy of the BJP Government is similar to the Nazi doctrine of ethnic cleansing, racism, fascism and genocide. Ms Chopra has publically endorsed this Indian government position and also supported the nuclear threat issued to Pakistan by the Indian Defence Ministry," wrote Dr Shireen M. Mazari in her letter. Here's what Priyanka had tweeted after the airstrikes:
This tweet was deemed insensitive and warmongering by many.
The letter further said, "Her jingoism and support for violations by the Modi government of international conventions and UNSC resolutions on Kashmir, as well as support for war, including a nuclear war, undermines the credibility of the UN position to which she has elevated. Unless she is removed immediately, the very idea of a UN Goodwill Ambassador for Peace becomes a mockery globally." The minister has requested "that she be immediately denotified as a UN Goodwill Ambassador for Peace."
Sent letter to UNICEF chief regarding UN Goodwill Ambassador for Peace Ms Chopra pic.twitter.com/PQ3vwYjTVz— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) August 21, 2019
And now, Manikarnika actress Kangana Ranaut has come out in Priyanka's support on this matter. "It’s not an easy choice to make... when you are stuck between your duty and your emotions, being a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador sure you can’t limit your identity to one nation, but how many of us choose heart over mind every day," she told ETimes in an interview.
Recently, at Beautycon in Los Angeles, PC was called out by a Pakistani woman Ayesha Malik who accused her of being "a hypocrite" for promoting war while being a UN peace ambassador. She asked, "You are a UNICEF ambassador for peace and you’re encouraging nuclear war against Pakistan. There’s no winner in this… As a Pakistani, millions of people like me have supported you in your business of Bollywood and you wanted nuclear war...," before her mike was taken away by security.
Priyanka acknowledged her question and answered, "Are you done venting? Okay. War is not something I'm really fond of but I am patriotic, so I'm sorry if I hurt sentiments to people who do love me and have loved me. But I think that all of us have a sort of, a middle ground that we all have to walk. Just like you probably do as well. The way that you came to me right now... girl, don't yell. We're all here for love." Her response to Ayesha didn't sit well with netizens.
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