For bringing out a Diwali-themed advertisement for a range of clothing and for naming it as “Jashn-e-Riwaaz”, Clothing brand Fab India has became a subject to severe online backlash. It all started after BJP leader Tesjaswi Surya called out the brand for deliberate attempt of Abrahamisation of Hindu festivals. The main reason behind the online flak Fab India received is due to the models of the brank not being portrayed in “Hindu traditional clothes”. Followed by the number of reactions, a social media trend claiming “No Bindi No Business” surfaced in Twitter.
On 9th of October, Fab India tweeted about their campaign for the Diwali collection with a post and wrote “As we welcome the festival of love and light, Jashn-e-Riwaaz, by FabIndia is a collection that beautifully pays homage to Indian culture…” as their caption. The picture they uploaded featured men and women flaunting beautiful garments in vibrant shades of red, maroon and gold. As soon as witnessing about the backlash, the firm deleted their tweet but the screen shot is still trending in social media platforms.
“Deepavali is not Jash-e-Riwaaz. This deliberate attempt of abrahamisation of Hindu festivals, depicting models without traditional Hindu attires, must be called out. And brands like @FabindiaNews must face economic costs for such deliberate misadventures” Tejaswi Suriya said in his tweet to condemn Fab India.
Deepavali is not Jash-e-Riwaaz.— Tejasvi Surya (@Tejasvi_Surya) October 18, 2021
This deliberate attempt of abrahamisation of Hindu festivals, depicting models without traditional Hindu attires, must be called out.
And brands like @FabindiaNews must face economic costs for such deliberate misadventures. https://t.co/uCmEBpGqsc
“Speaking for myself. Not buying anything for #Deepawali from ANY brand that shows models without a bindi. #NoBindiNoBusiness” Author Shefali Vaidya who is one of the main reasons for the campaign to start, tweeted.
Many others took part in the twitter trending and came up with posts, pointing out the importance of wearing Bindi and some uploaded their own pictures donning Bindi.
I generally don't do much shopping but i have pledged to myself not to buy from those who don't believe in Hinduism and trying to finish sanatan dharma since decades— OYE_JUNGLEE🐯🌴 (@broadster_101) October 20, 2021
Say loudly #NoBindiNoBusiness
Who's stopping you from doing this #NoBindiNoBusiness https://t.co/ADqjjE3oZp
Dear @FabindiaNews and @TataCLiQ, see, these models are SMILING, they have a Bindi, they are carrying a Pooja Thali with Diyas. THIS is how you depict the joy, festivities and significance of #Deepawali #NoBindiNoBusiness pic.twitter.com/M19fGbQQo4— Shefali Vaidya. 🇮🇳 (@ShefVaidya) October 21, 2021
Reactions countering the sentiment were also surfaced. Have a look at them below :
Most of the time I don't wear a bindi, and when I do, I wear it because I like it so all those preaching on Twitter that there should be bindi on a woman's forehead as it's mandatory in our religion can go to hell.— Pooja Kopargaonkar (@thekopargaonkar) October 19, 2021
Not wearing bindi won't make me any less hindu or Indian!
No one’s got the effing right to tell me or any woman why and when and where and how and if we need to sport a bindi or not ! pic.twitter.com/uUbyEJbvaL— Viji Venkatesh 🇮🇳 (@vijivenkatesh) October 19, 2021
I genuinely wonder how far the Sanghi outrage arms race will go. Each one more unhinged and venomous than the next. And it has to get progressively more unhinged or they won't get traction. Terrifying. pic.twitter.com/7kJfh9yUyy— Vinay Aravind (@vinayaravind) October 20, 2021
The online outrage reminds us about the last year’s Tanishq jewellery ad which was forced to take as it contained a concept of Hindu women getting married into a Muslim family which organised a traditional Hindu baby showed function for her. Comment your views on this “Bindi” debate !!