Puducherry’s Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi on Sunday found herself in a spot of bother after she congratulated France football team for winning the World Cup in Russia.
The French team had lifted the World Cup for the second time in their history by beating Croatia 4-2. An ecstatic Bedi took to Twitter to write, “We the Puducherrians (erstwhile French Territory) won the World Cup. Congratulations Friends. What a mixed team-all French.
We the Puducherrians (erstwhile French Territory) won the World Cup.
???? Congratulations Friends.
What a mixed team-all French.
— Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) July 15, 2018
Bedi, who occupies an important constitutional post, calling Puducherry as a former French territory did not go down well with many on social media. Soon, she began to face ridicule and condemnation. Journalist Shekhar Gupta, who sought to correct Bedi, wrote, ” Small correction, ma’am. Puducherry was never French Territory. It was always Indian territory, occupied/colonised by the French. Nobody would dare call Goa an erstwhile Portuguese territory.”
Bedi’s own followers on Twitter mocked her for her lack of understanding of Indian history. One user wrote, “Imagine if England wud have won. RSS would have declared a national holiday.” This was in reference to the good rapport that several of the Hindutva body’s icons including Savarkar enjoyed with the British ruler in pre-independence India.
Another user wrote, “Savarkar would be running naked in the street.” “We are Indians Madam. Your publicity stunts need to stop,” commented another follower of Bedi.
France beat Croatia 4-2 in the finals to become the new World Cup Champions on Sunday. Croatian team, which had reached the World Cup final for the first time in their footballing history, put up a great fight, but their efforts fell short of what was required to be the worthy World Cup Champions.