New Delhi. On November 19 Congress leader Shashi Tharoor took to Twitter after India’s Manushi Chhillar won the Miss World crown.
“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,” he tweeted.
It was a tweet typical of Tharoor’s wit and humour as he played with the new Miss World’s surname with ‘chillar’, which means coins or loose change in Hindi, to take potshot at Modi government’s demonetisation drive.
However, the pun clearly did not go down with a large section of people who thought the tweet was not in good taste and an insult to a young lady who had just won the world beauty crown.
Tharoor was trolled on the social media for being derogatory to women. Even he drew condemnation from the National Commission for Women, which has so far ignored announcement of bounty by BJP members to kill Padmavati actor Deepika Padukone.
NCW said Tharoor degraded the achievement of a daughter who brought glory to the country and must apologise.
Tharoor eventually did apologise. He said that he had tweeted his comment in a lighter vein and meant no offense to 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!”Tharoor tweeted.
Chhillar, however, did not seem to take offence at Tharoor’s ‘chillar’pun. In response to a tweet by The Times of India owner Vineet Jain’s tweet that Tharoor’s comment was in a lighter vein, she tweeted, also tagging the Congress leader:“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 a small change – let’s not forget the ‘chill’ within Chhillar.”
Tharoor returned with another tweet praising Chhillar. “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.”
Chhillar, who also won the Head to Head and the Beauty Challenge in the competition, impressed the judges with her final answer. To a question about who deserves best salary, the 20-year-old medical student replied: “A mother deserves the highest respect, It’s just not about cash but also the love and respect that you give to someone. My mother has been a huge inspiration. It is the mother’s job that deserves the biggest salary.”
Chhillar won the Miss World title 17 years after Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra won it 2000. Besides Chhillar and Chopra, Yukta Mookhey, Diana Hayden, Aishwarya Rai and Reita Faria have also been crowned Miss World.