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Twitter Faux Pas: Farhan Akhtar trolled for congratulating the women’s hockey team

Farhan Akhtar tweets and then deletes his tweet congratulating Indian Hockey Team for Olympic Bronze.

On Tuesday, Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar mistakenly congratulated the Indian Women’s Hockey team for winning the bronze medal in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.

Farhan Akhtar mistakenly congratulated the girls after the Indian men’s hockey team won the match. He wrote: “Go girls!!! So proud of #teamIndia for showing exemplary fighting spirit and bringing in our 4th medal…super stuff.”

Soon after realizing his mistake, Akhtar deleted his tweet and posted a new tweet without the “Go girls” part.

The unforgiving social media had already trolled the actor till then.

The Indian team went against Germany and won a closely contested match with a final tally of 5-4. Simranjeet Singh scored his second goal to give India a 5-3 lead, going into the final quarter. The team won Bronze after a 41-year long hiatus. Before this, India had won a gold medal in hockey was at the 1980 Moscow Games. The Women’s Tokyo Olympics campaign ended as they lost to defending champions Great Britain in their bronze medal match.

Caste blamed for losses

Although the Indian Women’s Hockey team’s exemplary performance was praised by many, their loss also triggered some very unruly reactions. On Wednesday, two upper caste men in Haridwar stood outside star striker Vandana Katariya’s home at Roshnabad village. 

Reportedly they also mocked Vandana Katariya’s family. According to Vandana’s family, they also claimed the reason behind India’s loss was that it had “too many Dalit players”.

India’s Medal Tally

The Indian Hockey team’s win takes India’s total medal tally to five. Indian wrestler Ravi Dahiya won silver after losing to Zavur Uguev of the Russian Olympic Committee in the men’s freestyle 57 kg final. On Sunday, shuttler PV Sindhu won the Bronze after beating China’s He Bing Jiao.

Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu silver in women’s 49 kg. Mirabai joined Karnam Malleswari (69kg) as the second Indian weightlifter to win an Olympic medal.

Karnam had won the Bronze at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, becoming the first Indian female Olympic medallist at the time. On Wednesday, Boxer Lovlina Borgohain won the bronze medal. Her Bronze makes her the third Indian boxer to win an Olympic medal.

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Anahita Mir

Anahita Mir is a researcher and oral historian. Anahita has done her Bachelors from Delhi University and is an alumnus of the Department of Political Science, Jamia Millia Islamia, having completed her Masters in 2017.

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