You know, there’s many ways to show patriotism. Recite the pledge out loud, don yourself in national colours everyday — whatever. There’s also many ways to show disrespect towards another country. Avijit Das Patnaik displayed both acts, at the unfortunate consequence of getting the sack by his company, DBS.
Just an hour ago, the multinational banking corporation announced on their Facebook page that Patnaik was “counselled in connection with a post showing a T-shirt, with a picture of a Singapore flag being torn, revealing an Indian flag underneath”. In case you’re wondering, here’s how it looks like:
Patnaik apparently posted the photo on Facebook group ‘Singapore Indians & Expats’ on 15 August — which also happened to be India’s 72nd Independence Day. The caption, “Phir Bhi Dil Hai”, is a reference to Hindi movie Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani, meaning “still my heart is Indian”.
With his post causing a huge furore among several Singaporeans, Patnaik was forced to respond.
On DBS’ page, netizens were in full support of the decision to ask Patnaik to leave the bank.
Drama aside, this move by DBS would certainly add bonus points to their PR portfolio — especially after being named the Best Bank in the World just yesterday.
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