Say no to Racism : Harbhajan Singh protests against Jet Airways pilot

Mumbai Indians cricketer Harbhajan Singh has been vocal in social media after experiencing racism in a Jet Airways flight.


India spinner Harbhajan Singh lashed out at one of the pilots of Jet Airways for what he deemed to be a “racist behaviour” towards an Indian passenger. The 35-year-old cricketer, in a series of tweets, named a certain Bernd Hoesslin, a pilot with Jet, and accused him of making racist comments directed at a fellow passenger.

The first of his three tweets read, “So called this Bernd Hoesslin a pilot with @jetairways called my fellow indian(u bloody indian get out of my flight)while he is earning here.”

In his next tweet, the Mumbai Indian said that the pilot not only racially abused an Indian passenger but also physically assaulted a physically challenged man and a lady. The actions of the pilot were disgraceful, Harbhajan said.

“Not only was he racist but physically assaulted a lady and abused a physically challenged man.absolutely disgraceful &shame on @jetairways.”

Visibly urged all Indians to stand up against such acts of discrimination and demanded strict action against the airlines and the crew member in question as his last tweet read, “Strict action must b taken &such things should not be allowed or tolerated in r country.. #proudtobeindian let’s get together and sort this.”

From the cricketer’s tweets, it seems that the accusations have found to be true, and thus action must be taken against the accused. The airways has not responded to the accusations levelled by Harbhajan and it would do good on their part if they take this into consideration and initiate a fair inquiry into the matter.

A few weeks earlier, a passenger was forcefully removed from a United Airlines aircraft despite having a valid ticket for airlines’ overbooking problem. Such acts against Indians continue to take place.

With an India international bring this issue to the forefront, hopefully all airways will take strict actions against racism.