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.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 26, 2017
Soon after, India’s bronze medalist Yogeshwar Dutt followed suit.
However, Javed Akhtar didn’t seem to embrace the fun.
If a hardly literate player or a wrestler troll a pacifist daughter of a martyr its understandable but whats wrong with some educated folks
— Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) February 28, 2017
After Akhtar’s illiteracy jibe, our sports minister Vijay Goel had the final say.
PLEASE DON’T CALL OUR PLAYERS ILLITERATE. You’re a champion in your field & they are champions in their own field. India is proud of them! https://t.co/L3sq7sQp5X
— Vijay Goel (@VijayGoelBJP) March 1, 2017