New Delhi, June 12, 2016: Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar expressed her dismay when an Indian man put a picture of the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with an objectionable caption.
The Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar is a well-known celebrity in Pakistan and is also followed by Maryam Nawaz Sharif, daughter of the Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif, and several Indian personalities like CEO of Niti Aayog Amitabh Kant. Even Bollywood celebrities like Farhan Akhtar follow her as well.
She shared the picture and shot back stating:
“How about drawing a line somewhere? He happens to be the prime minister of your country. Remember?”
The picture is of Narendra Modi and President Hassan Rouhani of Iran. It is not clear whether the user wanted to hit-out at the growing Iran-India relationship or was it the usual social media behaviour of ridiculing politicians. Yet, the Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar found it to be offensive and her tweet was retweeted many times.
How about drawing a line somewhere? He happens to be the prime minister of your country. Remember? https://t.co/3EjtDjzP0B
— Mehr Tarar (@MehrTarar) June 11, 2016
Now here is the thing; the man in question, Joy Das is followed by the official Congress handle, INC India, and he remained stuck to his tweet despite the senior Pakistani journalist objecting to his choice of words in the caption.
Interestingly enough, Mehr Tarar is rumoured to be close to senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor and her proximity with the Congress leader drew much media glare when Sunanda Pushkar was alive.
Tohfa Kabool karo pic.twitter.com/6EANizeX27
— Joy (@Joydas) June 11, 2016
‘Tohfa Kabool Karo’ is a dialogue from the Bollywood movie 3 idiots in which characters are shown mooning (exposing/flashing their buttocks in submission/as reverence) at each other.
Many among the Pakistan’s journalistic circles have grown to like the Indian Prime Minister for his foreign policy exploits and his focus on bringing investment in India, however, this perhaps could be the first in which an Indian has been taken to task for issuing personal slurs against him by a leading Pakistani journalist.