Smriti Irani gets second round of Twitter roasting


Union HRD Minister, Smriti Irani was in news on Tuesday. And, once again, it wasn’t because of her role as leading the country’s education ministry.

As is often the case, Irani was being hung, drawn and quartered on social media for what many termed as her ‘foot in mouth’ syndrome.

It was after she took offence to Bihar education minister Ashok Choudhary addressing her as dear. 

She refused reflect on her gaffe even when reminded by Choudhary and other social media users that the use of term ‘dear’ was correct in English in official correspondence.

Many users reminded her how her mentor and prime minister, Naredra Modi, had addressed Deepika Padukone and Asha Bhonsle as ‘dear’ in the past.

Some eagle-eyed managed to dig out the old letter of her cabinet colleague Bandaru Dattatreya, who had addressed her as ‘dear’ in his controversial letter demanding action against the Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula.

Soon, Irani was also reminded about her own Twitter conversation involving some journalists, who she had addressed as ‘dear.’

She had become an intense Twitter conversation all through Tuesday afternoon.

If she thought the social media users’ attention will die down as the day came to an end, she was blissfully mistaken.

Twitter users launched a new hashtag #DearSmriti to launch what came as a second round of social media onslaught against the controversial HRD minister in Modi’s cabinet.

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Irani’s educational qualification is a subject of court proceedings.

A court in the national capital had directed the Delhi University to produce evidence that Irani had indeed completed her Bachelors degree. In response, the DU had informed the court that it failed to find her degrees.