Slammed For Anti-Islam Comment, Indian Chef in Dubai Apologises, Deletes Tweet

Indian celebrity chef Atul Kochhar (Photo – Gulf News) 

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DUBAI — The Dubai-based celebrity Indian chef Atul Kochhar has apologised and deleted his anti-Islam tweet which earned him huge global condemnation. UAE residents had even demanded his sacking from the JW Marriott Marquis hotel where Kochhar runs his popular Rang Mahal restaurant. Meanwhile, the hotel has distanced itself from the chef’s controversial comment about Islam.

On Sunday noon, Kochhar had tweeted: “It’s sad to see that you have not respected the sentiments of Hindus who have been terrorised by Islam over 2000 years. Shame on you.” He had tweeted this in response to Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra’s apology over a Quantico episode that portrayed Hindu nationalists as terrorists.

Condemnations rained on Kochhar following his tweet, here are some of them:

Consequently on Monday, Kochhar issued an apology for his factual “inaccuracies” and denied he was “Islamophobic”.

“There is no justification for my tweet, a major error made in the heat of the moment on Sunday,” he posted, adding: “I fully recognise my inaccuracies that Islam was founded around 1,400 years ago and I sincerely apologise. I am not Islamophobic, I deeply regret my comments that have offended many,” he said and deleted his tweet.

Meanwhile, responding to UAE residents’ call for Kochhar’s sacking, JW Marriott Marquis hotel has distanced itself from his comment.

“We are aware of the comments made by Chef Atul Kochhar. We would like to stress that we do not share the same views as stated in the remark, nor is it a representation of the culture of diversity and inclusion that we pride ourselves on at the hotel,” Bill Keffer, General Manager, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai wrote in a tweet.


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