BJP MP Mansukh Mandaviya who has taken over the post of Indian Union Health Minister in the recent cabinet reshuffle PM Narendra Modi was trolled on social media for his old tweets dating back to 2013-2014.
These trolls flooded the social media platforms, especially Twitter and Facebook, with memes where they attacked and mocked Minister Mandaviya.
On being asked what he thought of people who trolled him on Twitter all day today over his “articulation and language skills,” Minister Mandaviya said:
“I have no comments on that.”
Many prominent netizens and politicians have also come out in support.
Congress leader Tehseen Poonawalla said:
“Unfortunate to see so many fellow citizens trolling Mansukh Mandaviya ji for his lack of proficiency in English. Critic him on faults wrt his work & Ministry (sic)”.
Shiv Sena leader and Rajya Sabha MP Priyanka Chaturvedi tweeted:
“If the only criticism you hold against a minister is his proficiency in English rather than his work, it only reflects your shallowness. Just saying.”
Minister Mandaviya belongs to a farming family in Hanol village in Bhavnagar district. He was first elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2012 and re-elected in 2018.
To all those trolls who think it is alright to mock others for proficiency in a language, Prof. Anand Ranganathan’s advice is to leave their colonial mindset and judge people by their work rather than speech.
A few days back tennis great Roger Federer admitted at Wimbledon Tennis press meet that his English is poor.
However, in England, the country which is the birthplace and home of the English language supported Mr Federer got a standing ovation for saying that.
Noted Indian journalist Aditya Raj Kaul challenged the trolls to attempt reading just five sentences in Hindi.