Let’s Declare Today Diljit Dosanjh Appreciation Day


Let’s Declare Today Diljit Dosanjh Appreciation Day

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

Indian Twitter was full of images of the farmers’ protest currently taking place in Delhi this morning, as it has been for the past few days. But by afternoon, an entertaining sideshow emerged when Punjabi singer and actor Diljit Dosanjh and Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut found themselves on the opposite sides of a good old-fashioned Twitter beef. The feud began when Dosanjh attempted to correct Ranaut’s false allegation that the old woman photographed at the protests was the same one spotted at the Shaheen Bagh protests last year. Ranaut responded in her typical acidic fashion, calling Dosanjh “Karan Johar ka paltu” (Karan Johar’s pet), before Dosanjh returned fire. The two went back and forth, with Ranaut using all her trademarks like personal insults and unproven allegations, but Dosanjh refused to back down either. Addressing Ranaut in Punjabi, Dosanjh became the toast of Indian Twitter for how he called out Ranaut’s offensive conduct at every turn.

Social media followed the Ranaut versus Dosanjh fight with rapt attention. Many commenters who were tired of Ranaut’s habit of regularly badmouthing others on Twitter cheered Dosanjh’s no-holds-barred approach to tackling her comments.

Satirist Akash Banerjee noticed that Ranaut’s responses to Dosanjh were the standard template of all right wingers currently trying to delegitimise the farmers’ protest. He called out Ranaut’s habit of whataboutery and goalpost-shifting.

While most people on Twitter were thrilled to watch Ranaut and Dosanjh go back and forth, journalist Sanket Upadhyay was one of those who felt that the discourse had crossed the bounds of decency.

Liberal Twitter was of course in Team Dosanjh.

As the day wore on, praise for Dosanjh continued to pour in. With one fiery tweet exchange, December 3 suddenly became Diljit Dosanjh Appreciation Day on Indian Twitter.