In March 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and top BJP leaders prefixed ‘Chowkidar’ to their names on Twitter as part of the party’s ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar‘ campaign.
Since then, their Twitter handles read Chowkidar before their names. Now this is sure to cause confusion.
A Twitter user posted this screenshot according to which CNN US mentioned Sushma Swaraj’s name as Chowkidar Sushma Swaraj.
It did give people a chance to make fun of the name and many already saw that coming.
Not the fault of CNN if the MOE goes bonkers.— SB (@docshovan) May 2, 2019
Any sane person will think so. You don’t expect a diplomat / a minister at such high level to use such salutations. Bit silly of BJP to do that.— Sadaf Sayeed 🇮🇳 (@Sadafsayeed) May 2, 2019
And if CNN looked at other Chowkidar handles, they might assume that all of the ministers are cousins, with the same last name. 😀 (since Indians tend to write their last name first)— Vijayanand Katikala (@vijayanandelias) May 2, 2019
😂😂😂 Not the first time though. BBC did the same for the PM.🤦♀️— Husna (@rumiesque) May 2, 2019
They must be wondering of how to even pronounce it 😂— Soniya Sharma (@soniyasharmahr) May 2, 2019
This is beyond funny 😁— Rajesh Rawat (@Sphinx15) May 2, 2019
World is on Trolling spree 😂😂— ɐɯɹɐɥs ɥssuɐ (@anshsharma) May 2, 2019
So silly to have the top officials of the country posing as Chowkidar for a political campaign. A political party does not come before the country. Our country does!— Kajal Pradeep (@KajaalPradeep) May 3, 2019
Seriously tho, it’s annoying and confusing— Radhika (@rads) May 3, 2019
I knew this would come one day.. I was just waiting to see it.. 😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣— Harsh Agarwal (@Harsh_slg) May 2, 2019
Too much fun… Chowkidaar is first name and Sushma became middle😂😂😂— Bikash Das (@dasbk82) May 2, 2019
Laughed harder after ages😂😂— Mano (@dejavu90new) May 2, 2019
Cant blame them as our politicians make fun on themselves for votes— Arulraj (@arulraj2005) May 2, 2019
and when she drops the Chowidkar tag, they will announce India has a new Foreign Minister 🙁— M S Mohamed Salihu (@msmsalihu) May 2, 2019
However, the publication later corrected the mistake and modified the article.