Why are Dominos and KFC apologizing in India?
The official Twitter handles of the India arms of Domino’s and KFC have recently posted apologies to Indians.
They are among the many companies that have had to do this after outrage by Indians against them.
Kia Motors and Hyundai are among the other companies that have had to tender apologies in India.
Outrage in India
The outrage against them stems from posts by their Pakistan-associated handles on Kashmir Solidarity Day.
Pakistan observes Kashmir Solidarity Day within its borders and parts of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir to show a so-called solidarity with the people of Kashmir.
It is also done to remind the world that the issues in Kashmir are not forgotten.
This, even though most of them caused primarily due to Pakistan-sponsored cross border terrorism .
Kashmir Solidarity Day is also a national holiday in the neighbouring country.
Kashmir being a part of India, its citizens have taken umbrage to KFC, Domino’s, and the other companies supporting Kashmir Solidarity Day.
As people took to Twitter to condemn these companies and call for their boycott, one by one, they tendered apologies.
So, Kia Motors said in a statement that an “independently-owned dealer” made the “unauthorized” post using its own accounts.
It added: “We deeply regret the offense caused by this unofficial social media activity.”
Meanwhile, KFC India tendered an apology on similar lines. It said on Twitter: “We deeply apologize for a post that was published on some KFC social media channels outside the country.”
It added: “We honour and respect India, and remain steadfast in our commitment to serving all Indians with pride.”
We deeply apologize for a post that was published on some KFC social media channels outside the country. We honour and respect India, and remain steadfast in our commitment to serving all Indians with pride.
— KFC India (@KFC_India) February 7, 2022
Domino’s bows to pressure
Following the outrage, Dominos India also apologized for the posts made by its Pakistan counterpart.
The company claimed in a tweet: “We respect and honour everything the country has to offer.”
It also said in a statement: “We regret and apologise for the unsolicited social media post published on Domino’s social media handles outside the country.”
Read the full statement here:
This is the country we have called our home for the last 25 years, and we stand here to protect its legacy forever. We respect and honour everything the country has to offer. pic.twitter.com/8II6XuLxb0
— dominos_india (@dominos_india) February 8, 2022