Dia Mirza has opened up about her controversial tweet that faced outrage from a lot of users on Twitter. After receiving a strong offence from the users, Dia Mirza has released a statement on her official Facebook page defending her tweet where she advocated a dry Holi in light of the water shortage in Maharashtra. The former Miss Asia Pacific drew severe flak for the tweet on social media. And hence, she posted the statement to apologies if her tweet hurt anyone’s sentiments and at the same time talk about plight of farmers in the country hit by drought.

Dia Mirza Said:

“I have an equal respect for all religions, festivals and customs that are celebrated in our country. The fact remains that various parts of our country are experiencing a severe water shortage. According to a report I read in April last year, the drought in Maharashtra has hit over 90 lakh farmers and counting.”

She wrote about playing Holi as a child: “In a far more innocent time, when the child in me was still playing Holi with water balloons and buckets full of gulal water, it was hard to foresee that one day drought would not be just a picture of cracked earth in a school notebook but a tragedy closer home.”

“We may not have all the solutions to the water scarcity problem or any other problem for that matter, but I believe that empathy for those most affected, acknowledging and understanding the challenges we face and taking the steps WE CAN as citizens, will only help.” She ended with this appeal: “Lastly, the exchange of opinions, thoughts and ideas is what makes interacting with people on Twitter and other platforms of Social Media as engaging as it is. Let’s remain receptive to one another even when we choose to disagree.”

    Let me start by saying to all those who have taken strong offense to my tweet – “The irony of the times we live in:…

Posted by Dia Mirza on Monday, March 21, 2016

 

Guys! Wish you a very colorful, safe and happy Holi !!!