Fabindia Pulls Down Ad After BJP Leader Slams, Says Diwali “Not Jashn-e-Riwaaz”

New Delhi : Indian clothing brand ‘Fabindia’ has withdrawn an advertisement for a clothing collection – called ‘Jashn-e-Riwaaz’ – after senior BJP leaders slammed the brand and accused it of blemishing Diwali by linking the festival to an Urdu term. The company has said means “celebrations of rituals/festive celebrations.”

The social media post which has now been deleted read as, “As we welcome the festival of love and light, Jashn-e-Riwaaz by Fabindia is a collection that beautifully pays homage to Indian culture.”

The advertisement read as, “The rustle of silk… gleam of zari. The sparkle of jewels… fragrance of flowers in hair. The sweetness of mithai & happiness of homecoming. Let the festivities begin with ‘Jashn-e-Riwaaz.”



Fabindia withdrawing the issue, made a clarification that says ‘Jashn-E-Riwaaz’ was not its Diwali clothing collection; the ‘Jhil Mil se Diwali’ collection has yet to be launched.

The firebrand of BJP, and head of party’s youth wing, MP Tejasvi Surya tweeted complaining about the “Abrahamisation of Hindu festivals”.

“Deepavali is not Jashn-e-Riwaaz. This deliberate attempt of Abrahamisation of Hindu festivals, depicting models without traditional Hindu attires, must be called out… and brands like Fabindia must face economic costs for such deliberate misadventures,” Tejasvi Surya declared.

He also attacked Fabindia because the models were not wearing “Hindu tradition(al) clothes”.

“If Fabindia is so Secular, let it serve them. We will find a different Outlet!” the BJP’s CT Ravi, who is the party’s National General Secretary in-charge of Goa, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, tweeted.

IT industry veteran TV Mohandas Pai re-tweeted Surya’s message, adding: “Yes very true, Fabindia is doing this deliberately and consumers must protest this misuse like they did for others.”

Some Twitter users also demanded people boycott Fabindia, triggering a Twitter trend by that name – one that was backed by the BJP’s Kapil Mishra, against whom there have been demands to file a case for allegedly instigating last year’s Delhi riots.

A number of Twitter users, including actress Swara Bhasker, who simply tweeted “Jashn-E-Bewakoofi!”, defended Fabindia and slammed trolls for “ridiculous” remarks.

Controversy over Fabindia’s new clothing collection comes almost exactly a year after Tanishq, a popular jewellery brand owned by the Tatas, was bombarded with abuse for an advertisement – the Ekavatam campaign – featuring an interfaith baby shower that trolls claimed promoted ‘love jihad’.

The brand was eventually forced to withdraw the ad and issue an apology, but only after it said it was doing so “keeping in mind… the well-being of our employees, partners and store staff”.

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