"To all biryani lovers across the globe, I am biryani. And I have been wronged". Thus reads the petition by MTV India, seeking "justice for biryani".
Indian foodies are up in arms, demanding an official emoji for their beloved biryani, the savoury, spicy rice dish cooked with generous quantities of meat and love. And leading the fight is none other than MTV India, which started the quirky petition on Change.org last week.
Appealing to the emotions of desi food and biryani lovers, the petition invokes the injustice faced by the popular dish, even as other dishes such as pizzas, burgers, noodles, cakes and salads have their on emoji.
"I am biryani, the country’s greatest emotion but unfortunately not an emoticon," the petition stated, adding, "It’s up to you to change that! Fight for me, fight for your love. Sign the petition and help me become an emoticon!".
The petition also mentioned the accomplishments of the popular dish, adding that every minute, 43 orders for biryani were placed in India, totaling up to 2,000 orders placed online in a single day. However, despite its popularity and demand, the biryani has no emoji.
While in 2017, Hyderabadi biryani managed to get its own postage stamp, there are no emojis.
Since being posted last week, the petition has already garnered over 1,500 signatures and counting. But why is MTV India suddenly so interested in seeking justice for biryani?
Turns out the reason is a lot more novel than just a mere whim to push the status of what many casually call one of India's national foods.
MTV India said in the petition that for ever ten signatures the petition collects, the organisation along with its NGO partner robin Hood Army, will feed a child.
The petition would require 15,000 signatures for Unicode Consortium, the international non-profit organisation that deals supervises all things emoji, would need to consider the plea.
Meanwhile, Indian Twitter is on fire with desi foodies from all corners of the country sharing the petition for getting more support. Many appreaciated MTV India's move.
We all are really very obliged & thankful to MTV for this beautiful initiative. That genuinely so beautiful and yummy and worth eating. Biryani Emoticon pic.twitter.com/9JFH1rqLMx— Iconic Amit ☠️🚩 (@IconicVampire1) November 19, 2019
It's human nature to see emojis and feel excited, loved the whole idea of this emoticon. Let's get the best chefs out, now the emoticon of biryani is around, let's get our biryani pics out. We all are obliged & thankful to MTV for the Biryani Emoticon— Bitchy Kakubai. (@ohh__teri) November 19, 2019
Stop being Biryani elitist. All biryani eaters are equal even if all biryanis are not. Stop the Biryani discrimination. Say no to hate!#BiryaniEmoticon
Let the Biryani Emoticon become the icon for equality of all biryani eaters. pic.twitter.com/Jd37xy8hkV— Anand Balasubramanian (@absaysthis) November 19, 2019