A video of a TV reporter has gone viral on social media. It shows her harassing the Haldiram’s store manager asking her why a snack packet for Navratri has Urdu text on it?
Why is Haldiram’s trending?
The video shows the reporter putting a mic in front of the manager’s face in a ‘forced interview’. She asks the manager what Haldiram’s was trying to hide by using Urdu text on the packet and also claimed it is “betraying Hindus who fast during Navratri”. She also claimed that animal oil was used in the product.
Meanwhile, several fact checks reveal that the description written on the ‘Falhari Mixture’ packet in question is written in Arabic and not Urdu. The main description on the front is written in English.
Also, there is the green vegetarian symbol on the packet, which contains sweet mingle of peanuts and potatoes with mild spices.
Viral video sparks debate on social media
The viral video has sparked a debate on social media and Haldiram is trending. [Highlight #Haldiram] While some are trending the hashtag #boycotthaldiram, some are hailing the store manager for her apt response to the reporter. Here are some tweets:
Why do brands use a third language on product packs?
Several Indian brands use Arabic language in order to cater to the Arab population in the gulf countries including Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
Haldiram’s is one of the brands that sell their products in the Middle East. This is the reason why these brands use multiple languages.
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