New Delhi: A recent post by actor Prakash Raj on India’s Moon mission Chandrayaan-3 has sparked outrage on social media. The 58-year-old took a sarcastic swipe at the Chandrayaan-3 mission on X, formerly known as Twitter, which was met with criticism from many who found his remark derogatory.
The actor shared a post on social media featuring a cartoon that depicted a man pouring tea.
“BREAKING NEWS:- First picture coming from the Moon by #VikramLander Wowww #justasking,” he wrote.
The post was termed insensitive and derogatory by users who urged him to show respect for the scientists responsible for India’s historic Moon mission.
“Chandrayaan-3 is something the whole of India must be proud of, irrespective of political ideology. Know the boundary between political vs national trolling,” wrote one user.
“There is a difference between hating someone and hating your country. So sad to see this state of yours!” wrote another.
“This is tragically sad. The work of ISRO and Chandrayaan-3 are one of those rare things which ignites sparks of unity, passion and optimism in a billion hearts. If you can’t celebrate that, then your hate for an individual is more intense than your love for the nation,” wrote one person.
“Never let hate consume you so much that you begin to hate the progress, achievements, and endeavours of your country and your own people,” shared another.
Prakash Raj is a vocal critic of the ruling party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He ran as an independent candidate in the Bengaluru Central Lok Sabha constituency in the 2019 Indian general election but lost.
Chandrayaan-3 was launched into space by the LVM3 rocket from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on July 14 and entered lunar orbit on August 5. It is expected to make a soft landing on August 23.
— Prakash Raj (@prakashraaj) August 20, 2023