Kohima: India Today TV anchor Rahul Kanwal made a real gaffe on national television during an on-air interaction with IPS Rupin Sharma from Nagaland while discussing if Mehul Choksi is “still an Indian”.
As Sharma faced a power cut while commenting on the issue, Kanwal assured him saying, “Don’t worry! You are in Nagaland, electricity goes off even in India. Please go on speaking”.
This segment was shared on the channel’s Twitter handle, and it quickly went viral.
Nagaland legislator and BJP national spokesperson Mmhonlumo tweeted: “We need to invite @rahulkanwal to Nagaland very soon! We need major geography class for major media professionals too!”
Adviser to Nagaland chief minister, Abu Metha also commented saying “Dear @rahulkanwal please visit NorthEast and #Nagaland as soon as the situation allows. We would love to host you and give you a taste of our culture, hospitality and beautiful landscape. Come and make memories here”.
In a subsequent tweet, Metha said “A bit of geography for our good friend @rahulkanwal . It’s called the #LandOfFestivals situated on the Indo-Myanmar international boundary. And we would love to host you. Come – let’s make memories together”.
Meanwhile, Kanwal apologised for his “slip of tongue” made on-air. “My friend, I’d love to come with my children to Nagaland. Many close friends are from your lovely state. Love the food and the culture. What happened yesterday was an inadvertent slip of the tongue. A million apologies for hurting your sentiments. I’m feeling very bad myself,” he responded to Metha’s tweet.
In another response to Kikon, Kanwal wrote “This was a slip of tongue. My apologies. Was meaning to say Delhi. My bad”.
On May 25, the Ludhiana Police took YouTuber Paras Singh into custody on the case related to the use of a racial slur against former Arunachal Pradesh MP and sitting Congress legislator from Pasighat Ninong Ering and inciting ill will and hatred towards the people of the frontier state.