Reacting to the controversy around the ‘chhillar’ pun made by Shashi Tharoor, Miss World Manushi Chhillar took to Twitter saying she “isn’t going to be upset over a tongue-in-cheek remark”. Manushi responded to a tweet by MD of Times of India Group Vineet Jain, in which he said that “light-hearted humour” should be taken more lightly.
“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,” tweeted a cheeky Manushi.
Exactly @vineetjaintimes agree with you on this. 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 ? @ShashiTharoor https://t.co/L5gqMf8hfi— Manushi Chhillar (@ManushiChhillar) November 20, 2017
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor's attempt to attack the Centre over demonetisation using the surname of new Miss World Manushi Chhillar appeared to backfire on Sunday 19 November with the National Commission for Women deciding to summon him over his "derogatory" remark.
Even though the beauty queen has taken the whole furore in spirit, the NCW demanded that he should apologise for allegedly degrading the achievement of Chhillar.
Tharoor apologised over his remark, which, he said was a "light-hearted" comment and also praised Chhillar.
Guess the pun IS the lowest form of humour, & 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 (@ShashiTharoor) November 19, 2017
NCW chief Rekha Sharma told ANI, “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 he must apologise properly to the nation”
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 he must apologise properly to the nation: Rekha Sharma, NCW Chief on Shashi Tharoor's tweet on Miss World Manushi Chhillar pic.twitter.com/ddVeUXMfQ7— ANI (@ANI) November 20, 2017
Tharoor’s original tweet was a pun on the word ‘chillar’, which in Hindi means ‘loose change’.
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
The commission said on Twitter it would summon Tharoor for his "derogatory and degrading tweet on our pride”.
Rekha Sharma, NCW Chief told ANIHe hit below the belt not just at 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.
Accusing Tharoor of degrading Chhillar’s achievement, a medical student who hails from Haryana, the NCW asked whether the Congress leader will call his own daughter a “chhillar”. The commission also added that, “he must apologise immediately.”
(With inputs from ANI)
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