If Mughal emperor Aurangzeb can be addressed as Samrat, why should Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj be referred to as Shivaji?
A section "Kaun Banega Crorepati" viewers on social media, along with BJP leader Nitesh Rane and Shri Rajput Karni Sena, raised protest over a KBC question where the Maratha warrior ruler was simply referred to as Shivaji. As #Boycott_KBC_SonyTv started trending on social media, Sony TV -- which airs the show -- came out to publicly admit mistake.
The controversy arose after show host Amitabh Bachchan asked this question on a recent episode: Which of these rulers was a contemporary of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb? A) Maharana Pratap B) Rana Sanga C) Maharaja Ranjit Singh D) Shivaji.
While asking this question, Bachchan mentioned Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj as Shivaji. The answer option also read "Shivaji".
Soon, many viewers started alleging that the channel authorities and Amitabh Bachchan have shown disrespect towards the great Maratha ruler and demanded an apology from Bachchan as well as the channel.
The issue continued to be a talking point on social media, and the hashtag #Boycott_KBC_SonyTv continued trending on Friday morning.
A user tweeted:
#Boycott_KBC_SonyTv— HinduChitra (@pandharichitra) November 8, 2019
KBC, your computer is still illiterate to refer Mughal as Samrat and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj as 'Shivaji'. Pl get some made in India, it might help you definitely.. pic.twitter.com/mCw77CUHpc
Another tweet read:
#Boycott_KBC_SonyTv— Bhagyesh Karale (@BhagyeshKarale) November 8, 2019
This is painful.... and shameful too. This is what we are lacking, Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj did so much and we cant even respect his work , what coming generation going to learn from this? pic.twitter.com/vjfd74CWKY
One of the main objectives of Aurangzeb’s policy was to demolish Hindu temples ! And many brutal objectives so far.........— Snehal Gubyad (@Gubyad_Snehal) November 8, 2019
How KBC can call him "Samrat"??
And our Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj as only "Shivaji" !!!#Boycott_KBC_SonyTv pic.twitter.com/yBTk5qMMjL
Taking a dig at the show's host Amitabh Bachchan, a set of users tweeted:
#Boycott_KBC_SonyTv @SrBachchan sir, it was never expected from such a respectable person like you that you called a cruel Mughal Emperor with such respect & #ChatrapatiShivajiMaharaj just by his first name & disrespect him. feeling bad for it.— Thakur Singh (@cathakursingh) November 8, 2019
#Boycott_KBC_SonyTv my respect for the show & the anchor has taken a huge dip when i see that the respectable #ChatrapatiShivajiMaharaj is denigrated by being called by first name only & the worst of all Mughal rules aurangzeb being ennobled with such respect @VikasSaraswat pic.twitter.com/9UGJKaz1Tv— Thakur Singh (@cathakursingh) November 8, 2019
@SrBachchan ji you are staying in Maharashtra for many years but still not been able to respect the saviours of our BharatMata— Narendra Surve (@narendrasurve2) November 8, 2019
I no you have changed the surname but we cannot change our Heroes...
You business cannot mock our Heroes ..
We Hindus cannot tolerate this
Finally, the channel authorities admitted their mistake.
On Thursday evening's episode of "Kaun Banega Crorepati", the channel authorities ran a ticker, which read: "There was an inaccurate reference to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj during yesterday's episode, due to inadvertence. We deeply regret the same."
Earlier, BJP leader Nitesh Rane demanded an apology from KBC, failing which he has allegedly threatened the show would have no lifeline left.
Also, the Shri Rajput Karni Sena had submitted a letter to Mumbai's Bangur Nagar Police Station demanding action against the KBC management and asking for a written apology from Sony channel.