Please don’t call our players illiterate: Sports Minister to Javed Akhtar

Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel has hit out at Bollywood lyricist Javed Akhtar, who had recently branded India’s top sporting icons “hardly literate” in his tweet in support of Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur.

“Please don’t call our players illiterate. You’re a champion in your field and they are champions in their own field. India is proud of them,” Goel stepped up and defended the country’s sportsmen.

The entire drama was triggered by this message from Gurmehar:


As the tweet drew thousands of reactions from across social media, Virender Sehwag was at his wittiest best.

Soon after, India’s bronze medalist Yogeshwar Dutt followed suit.

However, Javed Akhtar didn’t seem to embrace the fun.

After Akhtar’s illiteracy jibe, our sports minister Vijay Goel had the final say.