Shocking! Saina Nehwal branded 'anti-national'. And the reason's ridiculous

Updated: 16 December, 2016 09:29 IST | mid-day online correspondent |

Saina Nehwal is an Indian icon who has brought India laurels in the field of badminton, but that doesn't stop trolls from targetting her. Haters are attacking the Saina for endorsing a Chinese product

Saina Nehwal may be an Indian icon, but that doesn't stop trolls from targetting her
Saina Nehwal may be an Indian icon, but that doesn't stop trolls from targetting her

India's star shuttler Saina Nehwal is seen as a role model for young Indians. After all, she has brought the country several laurels. 

She has the distinction of being the first Indian woman shuttler to attain the world number one ranking, the first Indian to win a world junior title at the World Junior Badminton Championships in 2008, she was the first Indian woman to win a bronze medal at the London Olympics in 2012 and the first Indian to win a four-star Badminton event -- Philippines Open -- in 2006. The 26-year-old is also been honoured for her achievement with India's top honours including the Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri, Khel Ratna and Arjuna awards.

But all those glories and honour Saina won for the country meant nothing for the trolls who decided to brand her anti-national for a single post on Facebook. And, what's the reason for these 'Indians' to shame a national icon on Facebook? Well, that takes the cake.

Saina is being trolled for endorsing a Chinese brand.

Saina Nehwal promotes her new phone
Saina Nehwal promotes her new phone on FB

On Monday, Saina posted a picture on Facebook flaunting her new phone, Honor 8. While most people complimented her on her new phone or look, some took offense and started calling her anti-national.

Here are some of the trolls who attacked her

She had some support too...

Saina is the brand ambassador of Honor, which is a sub-brand of Huawei, a Chinese company. Now, there are lot of celebs who promote international brands. Does that make them anti-national too?

Oh! By the way, Huawei is said to be planning to join the 'Make in India' movement and start a manufacturing unit in Chennai.

First Published: 14 December, 2016 07:00 IST

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