Haryana ministers slam Tharoor for joke on new Miss World

Chandigarh
20 Nov 2017

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor's attempt to attack the Centre over demonetisation using the surname of new Miss World Manushi Chhillar has invited strong criticism from two senior ministers in the Haryana government. Haryana Women and Child Development Minister Kavita Jain said Tharoor "indulged in callous and reckless wordplay on new Miss World Manushi Chhillar". She asked him to apologise and said the Haryana-born Chhillar was not just the pride of the state, but also of the entire nation.
"Tharoor has only exposed his own debased thinking by questioning the self-respect of our daughters, the pride of the country, and the brave community 'Chhillar'," Jain said in a statement here. "It is tragic that leaders of the Congress party which is headed by a woman do not respect women. Such low thinking is responsible for the Congress losing its base in the country," she added. Haryana Finance Minister Capt. Abhimanyu also criticised Tharoor. "A shameless comment deserves to be withdrawn and Shashi must apologise for this...can't believe...he can go so low...(sic)" Abhimanyu tweeted. Tharoor apologised for his remark, which, he said, was a "light-hearted" comment and also praised Chhillar. "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!" Tharoor had said on the micro-blogging site, apparently punning on the word 'chillar', which in Hindi means "loose change".
Meanwhile , Manushi Chhillar today said she is too busy enjoying her success as a beauty queen to be upset over Congress leader Shashi Tharoor's pun on her surname, which translates into "loose change" in colloquial Hindi.  "A girl who has just won the World isn't going to be upset over a tongue-in-cheek remark. 'Chillar' talk is just small change - let's not forget the 'chill' within Chhillar,' Manushi, the sixth Indian to win the title, tweeted. The Congress Member of Parliament had played on her name in a tweet yesterday. "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," Tharoor had said. The former minister's attempt to attack the Centre over demonetisation using Manushi's surname did not go down well with the social media.
However, Vineet Jain, MD, Times Group, the organisation behind the India chapter of the pageant, took to the microblogging site to say that Tharoor's comment was not offensive. "I saw @ShashiTharoor tweet regarding @ManushiChhillar. I wasn't offended even though she is a times girl. We need to learn to be more TOLERANT towards light hearted HUMOUR," he wrote. Manushi seconded Jain and tweeted, "Exactly @vineetjaintimes agree with you on this". After his comment triggered a heavy backlash, Tharoor apologised on Twitter, stressing he meant no offence to Manushi. "Guess the pun IS the lowest form of humour, and 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!" he wrote. (PTI)