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Jwala Gutta slams social media trolls for calling her ‘anti-national’

The social media trolls targeted Jwala Gutta for her mother’s Chinese heritage and they also termed her ‘anti-national’.

other sports Updated: Jul 31, 2017 14:29 IST
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Jwala Gutta was attacked on social media due to her mother’s Chinese heritage.(IPL)

Social media trolls found a new target in badminton star Jwala Gutta as they attacked her on Twitter for being ‘anti-national’, since her mother hails from China. The badminton doubles star, whose mother Yelan was born in Tianjin, did not shy away from giving it back.

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Due to the long-standing tussle between the Indian Army and China’s People Liberation Army (PLA) at Doklam, a few internet trolls also tried to link the matter to Jwala’s mother’s roots and even attacked her sister Insi on Twitter.

“Is it because ur mother is from China that’s y u oppose Modi every time?” (sic), she was asked. Jwala was the one to give a fitting reply.

A person with Twitter handle ‘Xerox Boy’ wrote to Jwala, “did u ever think being a chinese citizen would have given u more opportunities in badminton? any regrets being Indian?” (sic)

The badminton star replied saying she is a proud Indian.

Once upon a time, Jwala was seen as the reason behind the split of former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin with his wife Sangeeta Bijlani. One of the trolls, who also tried joining the gang troubling Jwala, was also shot down.

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Celebrities are soft targets for social media trolls who can cause a lot of trouble and get away with it.

Recently, Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar faced a huge backlash for holding the Indian flag upside down with his picture going viral. The National Award winning actor had to apologise twice in public and also on social media, clarifying that the photo was clicked while he was trying to hold the flag correctly.

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Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan was attacked on all big social media platforms — Facebook, Twitter and Instagram — when he posted a picture with his wife in a burqa, but her hands emerging out of it, and her nail polish attracted the unwanted attention.

Mohammed Shami, the Indian pace spearhead, too had to bear the brunt of illogical fans who targeted him after he posted photos with his wife on social media.

First Published: Jul 31, 2017 13:41 IST