Union HRD minister Smriti Irani has posted an open letter on Facebook saying she will not accept trolls and will continue to do her job after a Twitter spat with Bihar education minister Ashok Choudhary turned ugly.
Their verbal duel that started on Tuesday after Choudhary reminded Irani about the new education policy that was scheduled to be announced by 2015 end. As the two ministers continued their war of words on the social media platform, users trolled them throughout the day.
“As the politician mumbled apologies and explained his “position” regarding the twitter spat to my state leader on the mobile while our contingent drove back from Bhagalpur last night; I watched his supporters trend a hashtag in my name, irrespective of their neta’s public apology,” she wrote in the letter signed as ‘Aunty National’ late on Wednesday.
“As those who scream murder and whip themselves up into a feminist frenzy at the drop of a hat tried to “endear” themselves to me on Twitter, I reflected on the near “Jerry Maguire” like moment that was upon me,” she said.
The human resource development minister went on to describe the struggle that girls and working women have to endure every day but are asked not to speak up because “It is not worth it. Nuksaan tumhara hoga, ladke ka kuch nahi bigadega”.
Irani also alluded to the row over her appointment in the Narendra Modi cabinet by enumerating her achievements as a politician saying “yet some “intellectual” says “anpad” the minute you are given the opportunity to serve as HRD Minister.”
“And suddenly the rules change. You, the creature who on every podium exalts the right of women to speak their mind is told don’t speak your mind. Ignore the trolls no matter how high they serve in their political systems. Ignore public attempts to humiliate you through sexual innuendos “kyunki nuksaan tumhara hoga unka kuch nahi bigadega,” she said.
Irani, whose letter was shared 1,868 times and attracted at least 400 comments, added that she will not apologise about who she is and the hard work she puts in. She also gave a list of things she completed as the HRD minister.
“So while many working women battle this challenge in confined working spaces, I spat it out on twitter for my office travels with me. But then there are some who say why talk about yourself at all, surely one day they shall realise the amount of work you have done,” she said.