Mumbai's iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) on Sunday joined various other monuments across the world to be illuminated in the 'colours' of the French flag in solidarity with the victims of Paris terror attacks.
"Since the 26/11 attacks were of a similar nature and the CST station was also targeted then, the Central Railways has decided to stand by France in this moment of grief and express its support. The CST station will be illuminated with the French flag from between 7 pm and 11 pm," a spokesperson for Central Railways said.
'Black Friday' saw multiple terror attacks on bars, restaurants, a concert hall and a stadium in Paris on November 13, in which 129 people were killed.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus illuminated in the colours of the 'French' flag in Mumbai on Sunday. Only it's not hte French, but Dutch flag. Pic/ATUL KAMBLE
The proverb "hell is full of good meanings, but heaven is full of good works" is just right for Indian Railways, Sine the due to similarity between the French and the Dutch flag, the railway authorities goofed up. They lit up CST in red, white and blue horizontally, which meant that it was the colours of the Dutch flag that were being displayed in solidarity with the 'Paris attacks'.
(JUST TO CLARIFY: The French 'tricolore' consists of three vertical bands of equal width, displaying the country's national colours: Blue, White, and Red. The blue band is positioned nearest the flag-staff, the white in the middle, and the red on the outside. The Dutch 'tricolour' flag is red, white, and blue, placed horizontally.)
The error by Mumbai Railway was doubly shocking and tragic since CST had been one of the sites of the 26/11 attacks and Sunday's gesture was a show of solidarity with the victims of 13/11 in Paris. Also the image being shared all over the world didn't do India any good.
The 'goof up' naturally led to several people taking to the various social media platforms to castigate the Mumbai Railway authorities and poke fun at them.
The Central Railway officials decided to respond to the Twitter users with a 'clarification'. The Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of CR, Narendra Patil tweeted that they were always talking about the 'French colors, not flag'. He even pointed to some other iconic monuments from around the world to corroborate their point.
Actually, the exact quote was "The CST station will be illuminated "with the French flag" from between 7 pm and 11 pm." It was not "colours of the French flag".
It happens only in India Mumbai CST pays tribute to Paris with a Dutch flag pic.twitter.com/MrGU4q1CpZ— dharini desai (@dharinidesai) November 16, 2015
Oops! Wrong country! Mumbai's CST draped as a Dutch flag. French flag features vertical stripes. pic.twitter.com/oWQETXZUs5— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) November 16, 2015
CST lighting up in Dutch falg colors instead of France is similar to cross dressing between genders #ParisAttacks— Blunder Guy (@blunder_guy) November 16, 2015
CST decided to support the Dutch because of their horrible performance in the Euro qualifiers pic.twitter.com/tGelUsJKN9— Jaydeep (@JonesOnCorners) November 16, 2015
What if Mumbai CST got the French flag slightly wrong and made it into the Dutch Flag. The French President is called Hollande after all.— The Joker (@abhility) November 15, 2015
Mumbai CST station lit up in the Dutch flag in solidarity with #ParisAttacks . As they say in India 'thoda adjust karlo yaar'.— IbneBattuta (@ibnebattuta) November 15, 2015
Luckily for CR, they did have some supporters on Twitter who defended them.
World One colors itself into (rotated) French tricolor: "Wow, what a gesture!" CST does it: "Idiots are showing Dutch flag." Such cribbers!— Hiren (@Laddoo7) November 15, 2015
People who r questioning the colors n saying Dutch colors n all, get a life guys. The intent of Mumbai CST lightings is clearly visible.— Pankaj (@pankajcgupta) November 15, 2015
OTHER GLOBAL LANDMARKS BATHED IN FRENCH COLOURS
Monuments from the Sydney Opera House in Australia to One World Trade Center in New York were adorned with France's red, white and blue on Sunday in solidarity with Paris after attacks that at least 129 dead.
This combination picture made on November 15, shows world landmarks (Top-L-R) The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and Sydney Opera House, (2nd Row L-R) World Trade Centre in New York and Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio De Janeiro (3rd Row L-R), Tower Bridge in London and The Western Wall in Jerusalem (Bottom Row L-R) the Belem Tour in Lisbon and the City Hall in Brussels, illuminated in the tri-colours of the French national flag in memory of those killed in the Paris attacks. All Pics/AFP
A picture taken on November 15, 2015 shows Sarajevo city hall illuminated in the tri-colours of the French national flag in memory of those killed in the Paris attacks on November 13.
The colours of the French national flag are projected onto the Jet d'Eau fountain in Geneva on November 15, 2015, in memory of the victims of the November 13, 2015 terror attacks in Paris.
Kuwait City's landmark Kuwait Towers are seen illuminated in the colours of the French national flag on November 15, 2015, two days after deadly attacks in Paris.
The arch of London's Wembley Stadium is illuminated in blue, white and red lights, resembling the colours of the French national flag, in west London on November 15, 2015, as Britons express their solidarity with France following a spate of coordinated attacks in Paris on November 13 that left more than 120 people dead.
Pedestrians pass the London Eye, illuminated in blue, white and red lights, resembling the colours of the French national flag, in central London on November 15, 2015, as Britons express their solidarity with France following a spate of coordinated attacks in Paris on November 13 that left more than 120 people dead.