Indians in Korea ask Hyundai to stop sympathizing with Pak terrorist forces
Demand an apology from Hyundai Headquarters in Korea
New Delhi, Feb. 7 (Delhi Crown): Indians living in South Korea have strongly protested against Hyundai after a tweet emerging from its Pakistan subsidiary called for “freedom in Kashmir” a couple of days ago.
The controversy started on Saturday when a Twitter handle @hyundaiPakistanOfficial wrote on Kashmir posted – “Let us remember the sacrifices of our Kashmiri brothers and stand in support as they struggle for freedom.”
The post was made online on the same day when Pakistan observed “Kashmir Solidarity Day” as a propaganda push.
In a petition to the President of South Korea, the “Indians in Korea (IIK)” said it had resulted in a “deep impact” on Indian sovereignty.
It said – “Kashmir is an integral and non-alienable part of India and any efforts to twist the truth to create a wrong narrative against this is highly condemnable and NOT ACCEPTABLE by India and Indians at any cost. One of Korea’s top five conglomerates with a large market share for its product in India has made a deliberate effort to hurt the feelings of every Indian by sympathizing with the separatist and terrorist forces.”
The petition to Korean President further mentioned – “The official handles of Hyundai and Kia motors from terror state Pakistan social media have shown sympathy with separatist forces. This action should not be ignored as it can adversely impact the otherwise very good relationship of India and South Korea. Our sentiment has been deeply hurt by the action of Hyundai and Kia motors. The Indians opposed and demanded an explanation from Hyundai motors through social media in India, but surprisingly, the post on social media still exists and hasn’t been taken down. Hyundai motors shared an explanation suggesting that this act was not from Hyundai Motors India. However, the responsibility of such act and the impact of such acts lies with Hyundai Motors HQ in Korea.”
Demanding an apology from Hyundai, the petition added – “We were expecting an apology from Hyundai motors in India and Korea after this incident was reported, however, there is no apology coming from Hyundai. We request you to please look into the matter as one the Korea’s top companies is supporting a terrorist state and the impact of it must be looked into seriously without any delay.”
“Request you to set up an inquiry into this and also check the funding of Hyundai motors to make sure that they are not funding Pakistani terrorists to spread terror in India. Last but not the least, we also request you to instruct Hyundai leadership to immediately apologize and condemn this act unequivocally.”
Speaking to THE DELHI CROWN from Korea over phone on Monday, IIK president Vikram Dave said – “We have initiated protests in Korea. We won’t let it pass off so easily. Korean companies often tend to take us Indians for granted. We have also initiated a signature campaign for asking an express apology from Hyundai Global bending down on its knees as per the Korean culture.”
He added – “Hyundai India might have just issued statement based on direction on global HQ team which means what Pakistan subsidiary has done its ok. Hyundai Global and their CEO must publicly apologize and condemn this post unequivocally period.”
Meanwhile, in a statement, “Hyundai Motor India Limited” said that it has been committed to the Indian market for more than 25 years now and “we stand firmly for our strong ethos of respecting nationalism.”
The statement added – “The unsolicited social media post linking Hyundai Motor India is offending our unapparelled commitment and service to this great country. India is second home to the Hyundai brand and we have zero tolerance policy towards insensitive communication and we strongly condemn any such view. As part of our commitment to India, we will continue our efforts towards the betterment of the country as well as its citizens.”
The matter is likely to be discussed at an interaction organised by the Indian embassy with the Indian community members via Video Conference on Feb. 11.