“Chhoti jaati kisko bola pandit?”: Rajat Sharma faces condemnation for ‘lower caste’ tweet


India TV founder Rajat Sharma has been facing widespread condemnation for using ‘lower caste’ slur for some of the newly inducted ministers in the Narendra Modi cabinet.

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Ahead of the scheduled cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday, Sharma had tweeted, “Tomorrow, more than 25 OBC, SC and ST faces would be seen in the cabinet expansion. 20 leaders belonging to lower castes would be accommodated. Several leaders from backward and marginalised communities will become ministers.”

Sharma, an upper-caste Hindu, began to face widespread condemnation for his tweet.

As many as 12 cabinet ministers including Harsh Vardhan, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Prakash Javdekar and Babul Supriyo had to resign from the cabinet to make ways for 43 new ministers. Prominent among those included in the cabinet Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sarbananda Sonowal, Anurag Thakur, Ashwini Vaishnaw and Kiren Rijiju.