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#DespiteBeingAWoman: Twitter's dig at Modi's remark on Sheikh Hasina

Prime Minister Narendra Modi complimented Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina's contribution to fight terrorism with the phrase, ‘despite being a woman’. Twitterati haven’t taken it upon them and attacked the Prime Minister’s statement with the hashtag #DespiteBeingAWoman.

india Updated: Jun 08, 2015 17:59 IST
Smitha T K
Smitha T K
Hindustan Times
Narendra Modi,Dhaka visit,Sheikh Hasina

So, what made news during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bangladesh visit? Yes, there was a historic land boundary agreement. He received an award on behalf of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee. His oratory skills were on display and there were meetings with top leaders of the neighbour country. And yes, there was some Pakistan bashing as well.

But on Twitter, Modi invited intense scrutiny on Monday for an entirely different reason.

While delivering a lecture at Dhaka University on Sunday, Modi had lauded his Bangladeshi counterpart, Sheikh Hasina, for her resolve to tackle terrorism.

Watch:Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'sexist' comment that has outraged Twitterati

"It is heartening that Prime Minister of Bangladesh, despite the fact that she is a woman, is openly saying that she has zero tolerance to terrorism. I would like to congratulate Sheikh Hasina for her firmness to deal with the menace," he said.

For the last two years -- during one year of office and during the one year of election campaigning, PM Modi has been known for his PR and oratory skills that have been a great hit with the masses.

But this time, Twitterati, who don't let any opportunity go by, came out with full force and accused Modi of making a casual sexist remark. And guess what? #DespiteBeingAWoman became one of the top trends of the day.

Twitteratti reacted to this trend with #Despitebeingaman.

First Published: Jun 08, 2015 13:20 IST