When did you take a radio cab last? And when you did, did you think about your driver's religion?
While most of us would raise our eyebrows at such a question, Twitter user Seelam Veerapa Naidu found himself in the centre of a raging debate because he tweeted to Ola Cabs yesterday and demanded that they allow him to choose his drivers, because "being a Hindu, he preferred a Hindu driver".
@Olacabs Being a Hindu i usually prefer Driver of Hindu Faith Only , Particularly in Hyderabad.. pls Give us a chance to Choose a Driver .— Seelam Veerapa Naidu (@SVeerapaNaidu) April 6, 2015
Naidu, predictably, has been getting a lot of hate online, but Ola Cabs' reply to the tweet will make any Indian proud:
@SVeerapaNaidu Sorry, we do not discriminate against our drivers on the basis of their religion.— Ola (@Olacabs) April 6, 2015
The Delhi government last month requested the Centre to block web-based apps of taxi operators Uber, Ola Cabs and TaxiForSure, alleging that these companies were not complying with a ban order imposed by it.
All app-based cab services were banned in the National Capital after a driver of Uber, the US-based online taxi-hailing company, was accused of raping a female passenger.
Meanwhile, Uber, a competitor, responded to Ola's tweet.
@Uber_Delhi Thank you, appreciate it.— Ola (@Olacabs) April 7, 2015
Naidu went on to explain himself.
@Olacabs Why Shld we see it as Discrimination instead of Customer Preference.— Seelam Veerapa Naidu (@SVeerapaNaidu) April 6, 2015
And issued an apology, well sort of, to Ola.
@Olacabs My intention is not to hurt any one .— Seelam Veerapa Naidu (@SVeerapaNaidu) April 7, 2015