Indian politicians have given us several opportunities to face-palm ourselves really hard. From calling a Manipuri activist ‘foreigner’ to defending rapists, the kind of cringe-worthy content they give is appalling.
Now, the internet is annoyed with the Governor of West Bengal after he pushed away famous Indian footballer Sunil Chhetri for a picture.
So, what happened is that Sunil Chhetri went up on the stage to receive the winning trophy after his team Bengaluru FC defeated Mumbai City FC at the Durand Cup Football Tournament.
To bestow him with the award was West Bengal Governor La Ganesan on the stage. While Ganesan was giving Chhetri the award and posing for the cameras, he pushed the footballer aside as he was coming in the way of him and the camera.
The video of the act went viral on social media.
Congratulations to La Ganesan, Governor of West Bengal, for winning the Durand Cup 2022. pic.twitter.com/GiICyecRHb
— Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) September 18, 2022
If this has annoyed you, then wait for another video wherein Aroop Biswas, Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs in West Bengal, pushed aside Sivasakthi Narayanan during the post-match felicitation ceremony, again, for a picture.
Congratulations to Aroop Biswas, Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs in West Bengal, for winning the Durand Cup 2022. pic.twitter.com/DmC6xL5ClO
— Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) September 19, 2022
These visuals pushed the button of people online who were disappointed with the politicians’ behavior.
🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️thats just all sorts of wrong!! Sorry @chetrisunil11 you deserve so much better than this!!
— Robin Aiyuda Uthappa (@robbieuthappa) September 19, 2022
They are born arrogant and cheater.
— Dhriti banerjee (@dhriti908) September 19, 2022
Unfortunately sports is not respected in India except for cricket and cricketers. They get all the attention which they don’t deserve and also they are not justifying the game.
Others are appreciated for a day and then forgotten. Politicians felicitate them on election days.
— Sangeeta Ghodke (@SangG2110) September 19, 2022
— Aditya Singh🇮🇳 (@adityasingh078) September 19, 2022
— Jagatjeet Pattnaik (@TheJPattnaik) September 19, 2022
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— raj (@technoraj) September 19, 2022
We have morons like these who care more about photo-op than progressing the future of sports in India.
Too many old sags sitting pretty at places where they have no business, no idea and no relevance to be at!!
— Tarun sarin (@neo2992) September 19, 2022
These politician knows only how to fool people. Disgraceful
He should apologise publically. https://t.co/1U7UWZJo0l
— Adarsh Sinha (@adarshsinha_12) September 19, 2022
— Arun Sasidharan (@nightfurywrites) September 18, 2022
It is disgraceful behavior towards an Indian football superstar. https://t.co/LAc9i4Raxz
— Nikhil Pandey Sankrityayan (@Nikhil_Pandey04) September 19, 2022
Ladies & gentlemen, bringing you Shri La. Ganeshan, honorable Governor of West Bengal. #DurandCup
— Debapriya Deb (@debapriya_deb) September 18, 2022
A lot of people in the comments section pointed out that he wouldn’t have dared to push the sportsperson in such a demeaning way had there been a Sachin or Ganguly in his place. Clearly, we have a long way to go when it comes to respecting and appreciating sports personalities who do not play cricket but bring accolades and honour to the country.