The angry Indian’s hate list: What offended the country this week

From getting angry at railways cutting down nap time to check quarrels on trains to Sunny Leone’s Navratri-themed condom ad, here is a list of things that invited backlash from Indians this week.

india Updated: Sep 24, 2017 14:51 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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India is no stranger to outrage. As the outrage against Lord Ganesha last week has shown, we have several trigger points such as hurting religious sentiments, offending sensibilities and even rallying against political leaders. We never know when a poke could turn into a free fall.

From getting angry at railways cutting down nap time in order to prevent quarrels to Sunny Leone’s Navratri-themed condom ad, here is a list of things that invited backlash from Indians this week:

Railway cuts sleeping time

In a bid to put an end to quarrels between passengers in reserved train compartments, the railways decided to reduce official sleeping hours by an hour.

The railway ministry stipulated that passengers in reserved coaches can sleep only between 10pm and 6am, while allowing other passengers to sit on the lower berths for the remaining period of time. At present, passengers are permitted to sleep between 9pm and 6am.

The circular, however, advised passengers to cooperate with the sick, persons with disability and pregnant women to sleep beyond permissible limits, should they so desire.

People took to social media to mock and criticise the decision on Monday. One user jokingly asked the Indian Railways to declare eating and going to the bathroom time to make co-passengers feel comfortable. Another claimed it was a violation of privacy.

Sunny Leone’s Navatri-themed condom ad

A condom advertisement featuring Sunny Leone drew protests on Tuesday from a Surat-based group Hindu Yuva Vahini allegedly for insulting religious sentiments. The message on the ad, which was displayed on hoardings across the city, reportedly read in Gujarati: ‘Aa Navratri a ramo, parantu premthi’ (this Navratri, play, but with love).

Narendra Chaudhary, a businessman who serves as the group’s leader, said the ad cannot be “tolerated”, demanding that it be taken down.

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Ranbir Kapoor, Mahira Khan trolled for smoking

Controversy erupted after images of Pakistani actor Mahira Khan and Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor, which showed the two smoking, surfaced. Khan was trolled on social media earlier this week for wearing a “semi-naked dress” and both the actors were shamed for smoking.

However, many Twitter users lashed out for the criticism against Khan and celebrities Parineeti Chopra, Varun Dhawan and Ali Zafar came out in support of the Pakistani actor.

Ranbir Kapoor too came to Khan’s defence and said it is very unfair the way Mahira was being spoken about. “What is also sad is the inequality in judgment just because she is a woman,” he said.

Asura dressed as doctor

Durga Puja organisers at the Mohammad Ali Park in Kolkata sparked a controversy on Saturday by dressing up Mahishasura, the demon, as a doctor. The model showed a young man with a stethoscope and dressed in white apron taking money from patients.

While the organisers claimed they were trying to raise public awareness against fake doctors, associations of medical practitioners pointed out that the words “fake doctor” were not written anywhere on the clay model or in the pandal.

“This is an attempt to malign more than two lakh doctors in the state. This will send a wrong message to the people as well and break the trust they have in physicians,” said West Bengal Medical Council chairman Dr Nirmal Maji.

The puja organisers eventually shielded the idol with a screen and put up a placard with the words ‘work in progress’.

First Published: Sep 24, 2017 14:44 IST