Sidhu stirs new controversy, prefers Pakistan over South India

Published: October 13, 2018
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Former cricketer was trying to highlight cultural affinity Indian Punjab shares with Pakistan. SCREENGRAB/FILE

Former cricketer was trying to highlight cultural affinity Indian Punjab shares with Pakistan. SCREENGRAB/FILE

Indian cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday once again stirred more controversy by saying that going to Pakistan is better than South India owing to the cultural similarities, Firstpost reported.

Sidhu, who was speaking at a literary festival in Kasol on Saturday, said, “If I go to Tamil Nadu, I don’t understand the language. Not that I don’t like the food, but I can’t take it for long. That culture is totally different.”

“But if I travel to Pakistan there is no difficulty. The language is the same and everything there is just amazing,” he added.

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The Punjab tourism and culture minister was trying to highlight the cultural affinity the Indian state shares with Pakistan.

Notwithstanding, by drawing a comparison over the sensitive lingual divide issue, Sidhu, as a result, has perhaps compounded his troubles in the Indian media.

Less than two months ago, the former cricketer courted controversy by embracing Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on his visit to Pakistan for Prime Minister Imran Khan’s inauguration as the country’s premier.

Sidhu also clarified that his hug to Pakistan’s army chief in his own style.

“My Jhappi was no conspiracy, it was no Rafale deal … if somebody tells me that they are ready to open the Kartarpur corridor.”

The article originally appeared in Firstpost

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Reader Comments (4)

  • ChengeK
    Oct 13, 2018 - 11:57PM

    Once a Punjabi always a Punjabi !!!!Recommend

  • Akbar Jahanzeb Durrani
    Oct 14, 2018 - 3:09AM

    This Sardar has guts and I admire him.Recommend

  • Nikki Khan
    Oct 14, 2018 - 7:29AM

    Sidhu you are just Love
    May God protect youRecommend

  • Blue Whale
    Oct 15, 2018 - 9:19PM

    He is right . racially the north of India and Pak are alike in many respects . The south is far cut off culturally .Recommend

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