Water is one of the most important things that all the living beings need to survive and its scarcity is among the biggest concerns for all of us at the moment. However, what is more worrying is that majority of us are ignoring this problem and some are actually not aware of the seriousness of the issue.
On the Republic Day of India, News 18 along with Harpic organized an event – “Mission Paani Waterthon” in order to promote water conservation and hygiene. The event was hosted by Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar who talked about the importance of saving water along with the benefits of hydrotherapy. The “Kesari” star also came up with some simple ways of saving water, such as giving only half glass of water to guests who come home as they can ask for more if they feel thirsty, by stopping the use of flush and using tap water for urinals and installing sensor taps so that water wastage can be controlled in a pretty good manner. Akshay also talked about how hydrotherapy helped his body in recovering after rigorous workout session.
There are still many villages in India where women have to walk miles for getting water as there is no source of clean and safe drinking water in their villages. How serious this problem is can be understood by the fact that old men in some villages are getting married again to young women because their wives are getting older and are not able to walk long distance for water.
Akshay Kumar walked 21 km on treadmill in order to understand what those women go through who have to walk long distances for water.
Akshay Kumar walked 21 kilometers on the treadmill to feel the pain of women who walk 21 kms and more everyday to get safe drinking water. Join him at #MissionPaani Waterthon, a @CNNnews18 and @harpic_india initiative towards water conservation and hygiene. pic.twitter.com/fqxiUKQ5tg
— Mission Swachhta Aur Paani (@SwachhtaPaani) January 26, 2021
However, this didn’t go well with social media users because many of them felt that Akshay Kumar made fun of those women by walking on treadmill wearing sport shoes in an AC room while those women have to walk barefoot on uneven path carrying utensils under the sunshine.
Here are some of the selected reactions:
We are surrounded by a bunch of jokers, who identify themselves actors/politicians/activists/heroes.
— Subhakeerthana (@bhakisundar) January 26, 2021
Get married off to a man with existing wives ONLY to fetch water. Because the other wives are getting older and can't carry enough water.
Yes, your dreams, your youth, your entire life is now worth a pot of water. Much like being on a treadmill.https://t.co/nJioBtlop0
— Neeraj Ghaywan (@ghaywan) January 26, 2021
I switched on the air conditioner all night at 16 degrees. To understand how our farmers braved it out in the cold.
— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) January 26, 2021
For #MissionPaani , Akshay Kumar walked on a treadmill for 21kms to understand the plight of women who travel long distances to fetch water.
I think it's the greatest stunt he has ever pulled off because I've never seen a spineless man walk that far 🤣
— Khader Pathan (@KhaderPathan1) January 26, 2021
Walking on a electricity powered treadmill inside an air-conditioned studio wearing sneakers and talking about the plight of women who have to walk kilometres to fetch water. 🤦🏽♂️
Hypocrisy thy name is Akshay Kumar. pic.twitter.com/TUznZmFx9R
— JayJay (@JamProlio) January 26, 2021
Someone should have arranged 45-50°C temperature sunlight , a damaged slipper pair and some stones to put on treadmill while he is walking "with water filled utensils in his hands".
That could have given him a real feel.
— Kisan Samarthak (@PoliticalHutiy1) January 26, 2021
AC mein, sports shoes pehen ke, khaali haath treadmill par chal ke @akshaykumar is trying to empathise with barefooted women who walk on broken rural terrain with pots of water on their head in 40 degrees Celsius.#KuchBhi #Canadian https://t.co/HSTvK5RPGr
— Mango Man (@__MangoMan__) January 26, 2021
Waiting for "Akshay Kumar insists on sleeping with producers to understand the casting couch issue"
— Kajol Srinivasan (@LOLrakshak) January 26, 2021
I can do that too on a treadmill. Just to understand what @akshaykumar went through doing that. It’s a sham to say that he did it to understand what these women go through fetching water. It’s a bloody joke on them by Akshay KUMAR.
— Sumon Kar 🇬🇧🇮🇳🇪🇺 (@5K4R) January 26, 2021
Im still pissed at this.. So let me get this straight, he's gonna walk on a treadmill, in the comfort of his home, with comfy shoes, and he thinks thats equivalent to Women fetching water barefoot from long distances, in the scorching heat?? @akshaykumar Get the fuck out of here! https://t.co/rxwhKBsupK
— Amyy80 (@Amyy_80) January 26, 2021
I wonder if he ever considered…hmm, idk….actually talking to these women and amplifying their voices instead of engaging in this trivializing mockery of their struggles?
— Asmita (@asmitaghosh18) January 26, 2021
Put aside the treadmill, come out of the ac room. Walk for hours barefoot on uneven roads & desert areas with more than one water container, only then u will understand @akshaykumar https://t.co/S9Ypr2mv0d
— мєєиαкѕнι (@Meenakshiiik) January 27, 2021
— Dis’qualified (@_vksingh_) January 27, 2021
Was it stupidity on the part of Khiladi Kumar or did Twitter users over-react? What is your opinion on the whole matter? Let us know.