Shashi Tharoor Tweet on Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar: Apologise ‘Properly’, Says NCW Chief Rekha Sharma
New Delhi, Nov 20: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor is facing the wrath of not just the social media, but also the National Commission for Women over his tweet on Miss India Manushi Chhillar, who won the Miss World 2017 pageant on Saturday. Even as Tharoor apologised for his tweet, the NCW has said that his apology is not genuine. NCW Chief Rekha Sharma has sought a ‘proper apology’ from Tharoor.
“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 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.
Shashi Tharoor landed himself in a controversy after he tweeted, “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.”
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!
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) November 19, 2017
Tharoor was massively slammed on social media for his tweet. “This is not funny at all. Making fun of someone’s surname is not what we expect from you…disheartened,” tweeted a user. Haryana Women and Child Development Minister Kavita Jain said Tharoor “indulged in callous and reckless wordplay on new Miss World Manushi Chhillar”. She asked him to apologise and said the Haryana-born Chhillar was not just the pride of the state, but also of the entire nation.
Tharoor later apologised on Twitter. “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,” Shashi Tharoor tweeted.