Union Electronics and IT Minister Rajeev Chandrashekhar on Monday hit out at the distortion of cricketer Arshdeep Singh’s Wikipedia page, saying no intermediary in India can allow such misinformation.
Responding to the incident, Chandrashekhar tweeted: “No moderator in India can allow this type of misinformation and willful attempts to incite #userharm – violates our government’s expectation of a secure and reliable internet. ”
The left-arm pacer faced trolling on social media after he dropped a crucial catch in the thrilling Super 4 Asia Cup match between India and Pakistan on Sunday. However, there has been supporting for the young cricketer from several former players and ministers including Rajya Sabha MP Harbhajan Singh.
AAP MP Raghav Chadha, former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Punjab Sports Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hair, and BJP leader Manjinder Sirsa also supported the 23-year-old fast bowler.
Ex-cricketer and Aam Aadmi Party MP Harbhajan Singh slammed the trolls for saying “cheap things” about Arshdeep. “Stop criticising young @arshdeepsinghh,” he tweeted. “No one drops the catch purposely..we are proud of our boys .. Pakistan played better.. shame on such people who r putting our own guys down by saying cheap things on this platform bout arsh and team.. Arsh is GOLD.”
Chadha also said that the kind of hatred Arshdeep is facing is appalling. “Let us cut that young man down a bit. Arshdeep is an amazing talent and will lead the Indian bowling attack for years to come. No hate can drag him down,” Chadha said in his tweet.
Punjab Sports Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hare said that Arshdeep is the future of the country. “Win or lose is given in the game. @arshdeepsingh is the upcoming star who has made the place in less time. Great performance against Pakistan. Regressive psyche just to troll him at the drop of a catch. Arshdeep is the future of the country. Inspiration for youth. Hate has no place in sports,” Hayer said in his tweet.
He also spoke to Arshdeep’s mother Baljit Kaur over the phone and said that Punjab and the entire country are with him.