New York: US President Donald Trump seems to be really confused and has either limited or no knowledge of Festival of Lights ‘Diwali’. His tweet calling Diwali a “holiday observed by Buddhists, Sikhs and Jains” received a lot criticism over his apparent omission of Hindus, the members of the first and largest religion to observe it.
However, in another tweet though, he said: “It was my great honour to host a celebration of Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, in the Roosevelt Room at the @WhiteHouse this afternoon. Very, very special people!”
Apparently, in 2016 too Trump wished Muslims Diwali on twitter, calling it as their special religious festival. However, Diwali is a festival of lights which marks the return of Lord Ram to his home Ayodhya after spending 14 years of exile in forests. This festival also symbolizes victory of good over evil as Lord Ram fought the demon Ravana in Sri Lanka and rescued his wife Sita from his clutches.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrust) October 29, 2016
He also started his speech at the White House Diwali celebrations on Tuesday in the same way with a mention of Hinduism.
The problem apparently arose as his tweets based on his prepared speech were out of sequence and also because the first tweet was deleted and reposted.
After telling people assembled for the celebration, they were a “very impressive group; now I know you are very important, very impressive”, Trump read out from his prepared text: “I am thrilled to be here for the celebration of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights and I am honoured to host this beautiful ceremony at the White House.”
Then veering off his text, he added, “Very, very special people.”
He interrupted the Diwali speech at that point to talk about the wild fires ravaging California that have killed more than 40 people, thanking the firefighters and offering the victims support.
He picked up his Diwali speech after that, and continued: “We are gathered today to celebrate a very special holiday observed by Buddhists, Sikhs and Jains throughout the US and around the world.”
Today, we gathered for Diwali, a holiday observed by Buddhists, Sikhs, and Jains throughout the United States & around the world. Hundreds of millions of people have gathered with family & friends to light the Diya and to mark the beginning of a New Year. https://t.co/epHogpTY1A pic.twitter.com/9LUwnhngWJ
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 13, 2018
But social media with its few milliseconds reaction time responded rapid fires before his second tweet mentioning Hinduism appeared.
His first tweet was from the second part of the Diwali speech that set off the trolls.
A poster call Jeff Young shot off a tweet, “Hey, whoever wrestled Trump’s phone away to post this: Pretty sure Hindus also have some interest in Diwali.”
Another, Tom Phillips, tweeted, “Trump’s Twitter account posted a Diwali tweet that didn’t mention Hindus, then deleted it, then… reposted it again with a different link but still no Hindus?”
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