Tanishq takes down ad on interfaith couple amid social media outrage

Updated: 13 October, 2020 13:26 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

The video is set in the backdrop of the baby shower of a Hindu woman married into a Muslim family.

Screengrab from the video tweeted by Shashi Tharoor
Screengrab from the video tweeted by Shashi Tharoor

Titan Group’s jewellery brand Tanishq recently released a commercial to promote its new collection 'Ekatvam' which means union.

The video is set in the backdrop of the baby shower of a Hindu woman married into a Muslim family. It shows how she gears up for the function and her in-laws treat her with utmost care and respect.

However, this did not go down well with a section of the Twitterati who soon started accusing Tanishq of promoting love-jihad. #Boycott Tanishq started trending across social media platforms mainly on Twitter.

Owing to the incessant trolls, Tanishq had to take down the commercial which divided the internet further, with once section appreciating the move and another asking ‘what has happened to us?’

Many famous politicians, writers, and social commentators weighed into the incident. Sharing the commercial on his social media profiles Shashi Tharoor wrote: So Hindutva bigots have called for a boycott of Tanishq jewellery for highlighting Hindu-Muslim unity through this beautiful ad. If Hindu-Muslim “ekatvam” irks them so much, why don’t they boycott the longest surviving symbol of Hindu-Muslim unity in the world -- India?

I wonder what Mahatma Gandhi would have said about #Tanishq ad?

A man who we call father of the nation, a man who we think is so important we print him on every currency note to remind ourselves of him, a man who helped create India.

I wonder why we don't listen to him anymore?

— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) October 13, 2020

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First Published: 13 October, 2020 12:59 IST

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