Tendulkar, John Abraham say 'explore Indian islands' amid outrage over Maldives minister's remarks

Celebs urged Indians to explore Lakshadweep and Sindhudurg islands

Lakshadweep PTI - 1 Representational image

Following widespread outrage over a Maldives minister's derogatory remarks and attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Indian social media erupted with calls to boycott Maldives.

Though the Maldives government on Sunday distanced itself from derogatory remarks made by its minister Mariyam Shiuna, there was continued outrage on social media platforms. The government had stated that the ‘opinions are personal and do not represent the views of the Government of Maldives.

Many A-list celebs including Sachin Tendulkar, John Abraham and Akshay Kumar have also urged their fans to “Explore Indian Islands” with the hashtag trending on X.

Tendulkar urged Indians to explore Sindhudurg, saying, “250+ days since we rang in my 50th birthday in Sindhudurg! The coastal town offered everything we wanted, and more. Gorgeous locations combined with wonderful hospitality left us with a treasure trove of memories. India is blessed with beautiful coastlines and pristine islands. With our 'Atithi Devo Bhava' philosophy, we have so much to explore, so many memories waiting to be created. #ExploreIndianIslands”

Actor John Abraham posted on X, urging fans to explore Lakshadweep, “With the amazing Indian hospitality, the idea of “Atithi Devo Bhava” and a vast marine life to explore. Lakshwadeep (sic) is the place to go. #ExploreIndianIslands”

Akshay Kumar too slammed the racist comments on Indians, saying, “Came across comments from prominent public figures from Maldives passing hateful and racist comments on Indians. Surprised that they are doing this to a country that sends them the maximum number of tourists. We are good to our neighbors but why should we tolerate such unprovoked hate? I've visited the Maldives many times and always praised it, but dignity first. Let us decide to #ExploreIndianIslands and support our own tourism.”

Shraddha Kapoor shared photos of Lakshadweep beaches, saying "All these images and memes making me super FOMO now. Lakshadweep has such pristine beaches and coastlines, thriving local culture, I'm on the verge of booking an impulse chhutti... This year, why not #ExploreIndianIslands,"

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