Shashi Tharoor Responds to Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar’s ‘I’m Not Upset’ Tweet, Says ‘You’re a Class Act’
New Delhi, Nov 21: It seems all is now well between Congress MP Shashi Tharoor and the newly crowned Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar. Tharoor was caught in a controversy over his pun on Manushi Chhillar and demonetisation after the Miss India won the Miss World pageant on Saturday. He later apologised for his tweet and asked people to ‘chill’. On Monday, Chhillar took to Twitter to tell Tharoor that she wasn’t upset, to which the Congress MP tweeted, “You’re a class act.”
“You’re a class act, Manushi Chhillar! Beautiful, smart and uncommonly gracious too. Still, if any offence was caused to any member of your family, sincere apologies. Like every Indian, I’m proud of you,” Tharoor tweeted on Monday after Chhillar said she wasn’t upset over his “tongue-in-cheek remark”.
You’re a class act, @ManushiChhillar! Beautiful, smart & uncommonly gracious too. Still, if any offence was caused to any member of your family, sincere apologies. Like every Indian, I’m proud of you. https://t.co/42wdOqV0wZ
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) November 20, 2017
It all began on Saturday after Manushi Chhillar won the Miss World 2017 pageant. Tharoor took to Twitter and said, “What a mistake to demonetise our currency! BJP should have realised that Indian cash dominates the globe: look, even our Chhillar has become Miss World.”
His tweeted was criticised by Twitteratti and also attracted criticism from the National Commission For Women. Tharoor apologised saying, “Guess the pun is the lowest form of humour, and the bilingual pun lower still! Apologies to the many who seem to have been righteously offended by a light-hearted tweet today. Certainly no offence was meant to a bright young girl whose answer I’ve separately praised. Please: Chill.”
However, the NCW asked him to “apologise properly”. “I was thinking to summon him but he apologised. But his apologies aren’t genuine. It seems he’s telling people to chill after apologising. I would suggest him that he must apologise properly to the nation,” said NCW Chief Rekha Sharma. “He hasn’t hit below the belt only the girl but also the nation because she got fame and name to the nation. Summon doesn’t mean we want to go to police or book him,we just want him to realise what he said was wrong,” she added.
However, it all ended when Manushi Chhillar herself tweeted, “A girl who has just won the World isn’t going to be upset over a tongue-in-cheek remark. ‘Chillar’ talk is just small change – let’s not forget the ‘chill’ within Chhillar.”