Taimur Ali Khan controversy: MTNL issues bizarre justification for tweet celebrating Godse


India’s government-owned telecom operator Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited, the MTNL, has been facing huge condemnation after it posted a tweet in support of Mahatma Gandhi’s killer, Nathuram Godse and took a potshot at Saif Ali Khan’s son Taimur.


One user, known as Nita Ambani, had tweeted saying that while Hindus were scared of just extending support to Nathuram Godse, some Muslims took pride in naming their children Taimur. The official Twitter handle of the MTNL responded to that obscure tweet in agreement and wrote, “Difficult to swallow the truth.”

The tweet, which was later deleted, evoked massive condemnation from Twitterati.

Faced with growing condemnation, MTNL shared its official statement with a tweet that read, “At the outset, MTNL regrets the inconvenience caused by the two objectionable tweets circulated on social media and Twitter.com and purportedly made @MTNLOfficial.We strongly condemns the above tweets and committed to investigate the matter. Press release enclosed.”

The government-owned company claimed that its Twitter account was ‘compromised’ adding that the objectionable tweet may have been the handiwork of some hackers.

Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan had been blessed with a baby boy in December 2017. Their decision to name their child Taimur, after the 14th century Mongol invader had irked Hindutva supporters, who had taken objection to the Bollywood couple’s decision.


  1. MTNL has a debt of around Rs 19,000 crore. Unable to pay salaries, debt-ridden MTNL sought Rs500 crores from Telecom Department.
    Instead of thinking about the welfare of the employees future, the department shamefully praises the murderer of the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi.
    Defending the Twitter trail of competitor and using Mahatama Gandhi ‘Spectacles’ in letterhead is not acceptable.
    Let the department suspend the employee who uploaded the twitter. The apology is unacceptable if Mahama Gandhi’s picture with a quote of national unity is not uploaded.
    Jai Hind


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