Michelin-star Indian chef sacked in Dubai over anti-Islamic tweet

Indian celebrity chef Atul Kochhar. (Twitter)
Updated 13 June 2018
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Michelin-star Indian chef sacked in Dubai over anti-Islamic tweet

DUBAI: The Michelin-star celebrity chef Atul Kochhar has been sacked on Wednesday by the JW Mariott Marquis hotel in Dubai after the Indian posted an anti-Islamic tweet, an official statement sent to Arab News read.
“Following the recent comments made by Chef Atul Kochhar, we have taken the decision to end our agreement with him for Rang Mahal,” Bill Keffer, General Manager at the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, told Arab News.
“With the termination of our agreement, Chef Atul will no longer be associated with the restaurant and the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai,” he said.
The celebrity chef tweeted “it’s sad to see that you have not respected the sentiments of Hindus who have been terrorized by Islam over 2,000 years. Shame on you” following television show Quantico’s Priyanka Chopra portrayed Hindus as terrorists in an episode of the crime drama.
The chef, who runs the Rang Mahal Indian restaurant in the Business Bay hotel, later apologized for his now-deleted tweet, saying that it was a “major error that occurred in the heat of the moment.”
But he later retracted his comments and tweeted: “I fully recognize my inaccuracies that Islam was founded around 1,400 years ago and I sincerely apologize,” he added. “I am not Islamophobic. I deeply regret my comments that have offended many.”


Bollywood’s Amitabh Bachchan becomes farmers’ star after clearing loans

Updated 21 November 2018
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Bollywood’s Amitabh Bachchan becomes farmers’ star after clearing loans

  • Farmers and other agriculture workers together make up about half India’s 1.3 billion people
  • Bachchan wrote in his blog this week that he had helped 1,398 farmers from the northern state of Uttar Pradesh and felt a ‘sense of accomplishment’

CHENNAI, India: Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan was hailed on Wednesday as a star of India’s farmers after clearing loans worth more than 40 million rupees ($560,000) as an agricultural crisis forces many rural workers into extreme poverty.
India’s farmers have been hit hard by a drop in commodity prices, stagnant wages, record fuel prices and high fertilizer costs, sparking rallies across the country this year calling for better prices for produce and loan waivers.
Farmers and other agriculture workers together make up about half India’s 1.3 billion people.
“It is a very big problem that has left farmers across the country in dire straits,” Rakesh Tikait, spokesperson of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Indian Farmers’ Union) told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in a phone interview.
“The government policies are flawed and need an overhaul. We are fighting for that change but are thankful for any help that comes along the way.”
Tikait said Bachchan’s gesture might have been symbolic but it meant a lot for farmers who were struggling to survive.
More than 12,600 farmers and agricultural workers committed suicide in 2015 alone, accounting for about 10 percent of all suicides in India, with almost 60 percent of suicides caused by bankruptcy and indebtedness, according to official data.
Bachchan, one of Indian cinema’s most revered actors, wrote in his blog this week that he had helped 1,398 farmers from the northern state of Uttar Pradesh and felt a “sense of accomplishment.”
“Gratitude leans across to the desire of removing some of the burdens that farmers continue to suffer ... and the inner peace it generates when the desired is completed,” he wrote.