Mumbai, Mar 23: Facing backlash from different sections, Bollywood actress Dia Mirza has clarified her 'Anti-Hindu Holi tweet'. Dia in a facebook post apologised for her tweet and said that her intention was not to hurt any community.
In a controversial tweet which trolled on the social media, actress-producer had requested people to celebrate dry Holi in the wake of water shortage in Maharashtra. Now, in a clarification statement, Dia said that as water crisis is a sad reality of the state, I appealed people to conserve water.
"The irony of the times we live in: farmers commit suicide due to drought and people waste water to 'play' #Holi. Go ahead call me anti-Hindu", her controversial tweet reads.
Defending herself, Dia has now said, "As a citizen of India, I have an equal respect for all religions, festivals and customs that are celebrated in our country. It has never been my intention to hurt the sentiments of any individual or community. If in the event that my tweet has done so, I apologize unequivocally.
"That said, the fact remains that various parts of our country are experiencing a severe water shortage. According to a report I read in April last year, the drought in Maharashtra has hit over 90 lakh farmers and counting. In October last year, the Maharashtra government officially declared a 'drought-like condition' in 14,708 of the state's 43,000 villages," she said.
The 34-year-old 'Bobby Jasoos' producer said water conservation is the need of the hour and everyone should contribute to it.
"Water conservation is the absolute need of the hour and my request for us to indulge in a dry Holi was in keeping only with this sentiment of conservation and nothing else.
"We may not have all the solutions to the water scarcity problem or any other problem for that matter, but I believe that empathy for those most affected, acknowledging and understanding the challenges we face and taking the steps WE CAN as citizens, will only help," she said.
(With inputs from PTI)