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.
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.”
कल मोदी के मंत्रिमंडल के विस्तार में 25 से ज़्यादा OBC, SC और ST के चेहरे दिखाई देंगे. 20 छोटी छोटी जातियों के नेताओं को जगह दी जाएगी. पिछड़े और वंचित समाज के कई लीडर मंत्री बनेंगे. #CabinetExpansion
— Rajat Sharma (@RajatSharmaLive) July 6, 2021
Sharma, an upper-caste Hindu, began to face widespread condemnation for his tweet.
What do you mean by chhoti jaati.. Could u let us know your measurements that make u decide these are chhoti Or these are badi jaati https://t.co/oCXJpxTa5f
— Shubham Saini (@shubh_hmpr) July 8, 2021
“Choti jati” sounds, , exactly like your “choti soch” @RajatSharmaLive https://t.co/grcS8pDLww
— Rishabh maurya (@Classical_Raj) July 8, 2021
इस ट्वीट पर मेरी आखिरी विनम्र रिट्वीट – छोटी जाति किसको बोला पंडत? https://t.co/x2EmyK5KFD
— Dilip Mandal (@Profdilipmandal) July 7, 2021
What a shameful tweet, in India still a big platform support https://t.co/Jw93xJSmd3 choti aur badi caste kya hoti hai. Human right should see the narrative and take action against such big gamer of media. https://t.co/0Hk46gTlEr
— Vevivikash (@vevivikash) July 8, 2021
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.