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Hyundai tweet controversy

Date: 09 February 2022 Tags: India & World

Issue

Hyundai Motors has denied its support to a tweet made by a Hyundai dealer in Pakistan in support of Kashmir Solidarity Day.

 

Background

Hyundai, a South-Korean automobile giant, has presence in both India and Pakistan.

 

Details

  • The twitter handle called Hyundai Pakistan Official sent out message to remember ‘sacrifices’ of people of Kashmir and said it stands in solidarity during their continued struggle for ‘freedom’.

  • The posts were also shared on Facebook but were shortly taken down. The users however picked them up before their removal.

 

Hyundai’s response

  • The official handle of Hyundai Motors India said that it has stood for strong ethos of respecting nationalism since its presence.

  • The company said that India was second home to the automobile brand and it observes zero tolerance policy towards insensitive communication.

 

Hyundai’s presence

  • Hyundai is the second largest carmakers in India after Maruti Suzuki, the leader. It is also one of the top exporters of cars from India. 

  • The company has recorded a growth of 19.2% in its sale of vehicles in India for the year 2021.

 

Pakistan solidarity day

  • Pakistan observes February 5th as Kashmir Solidarity Day in order to show its support to the separatist movement of the Union territory.

  • The observations were first proposed by Qazi Hussain Ahmad of the Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan in 1990. The commemoration stated in 2004.