Social media flay UK man after he slammed Sunak’s Diwali celebrations at 10 Downing saying ‘mob of Indians…’
The Indian-origin premier and his Indian-born wife Akshata Murty welcomed guests from the Indian community to their official residence on the occasion of the festival.
British prime minister Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty light a ceremonial lamp as they welcome guests from the Hindu community ahead of the Diwali festival, at Downing Street, in London on Wednesday, November 8, 2023. (ANI Photo)
A MAN in the UK has faced a backlash on social media after criticising prime minister Rishi Sunak’s Diwali celebrations at 10 Downing Street. The Indian-origin premier and his Indian-born wife Akshata Murty welcomed guests from the Indian community to their official residence on the occasion of the festival and several pictures of them celebrating were shared on Sunak’s official social media handles.
Among the guests of the premier and his wife were Indian external affairs minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.
Steve Laws, who calls himself a reporter from South East Kent who covers illegal immigration in his portal Steve Laws Report, compared the celebrations at 10 Downing to a ‘Bollywood set’.
“Number 10 Downing Street looks like the set of a Bollywood film instead of the home of a British Prime Minister. Today it’s been occupied by a mob of Indians celebrating Diwali,” he said on X on Monday(13) after posting a picture of Sunak and Murty, wearing an ethnic outfit, with their guests at the residence.
Reactions soon poured in with many calling Laws’s remarks ‘racist’.
One user wrote, “Canada, Australia, USA Alaska, New Zealand where all the landers native brown people would you turned into completely white nation by mass occurring with the original inhabitants! White people were shipped out of the UK and Europe to these occupied lands to replace the native people.”
“That’s how we felt when UK ruled over India and stole all our wealth. At least this is done through voting and democracy unlike UK invaded and stole everything,” another said.
“Each one of them came to England and contributed to its economy. While you folks came to India and looted $ 45 trillion and made us the poorest nation on earth. Looting and racism goes hand in hand in your,” wrote another, recalling Britain’s centuries-long colonial rule over India.
The official X account of Sunak posted alongside pictures of Diwali celebrations, “Tonight Prime Minister Rishi Sunak welcomed guests from the Hindu community to Downing Street ahead of Diwali – a celebration of the triumph of light over darkness. Shubh Diwali to everyone across the UK and around the world celebrating this weekend!”
One of the pictures showed the prime minister and his wife lighting the ‘diya’ or ceremonial lamp together.
Here are some other reactions that Laws faced on social media: