In a historically inaccurate statement which has come as a surprise for many, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that skirts have been a part of Indian culture.
Addressing an event held to mark the return of Indian cultural property in Washington on Monday, he said that two thousand years ago, artists had made sculptures at the Konark Sun Temple resembling the modern fashionable girl who wears skirts and carries a purse.
Konark ke Sun Temple mei 2000 saal pehle uss samay ke kalakaro ne aaj ki modern fashionable girl, jo skirt pehenti hai, (contd): PM Modi— ANI (@ANI_news) June 6, 2016
There are 2000 year old sculptures showing figurines wearing what modern fashionable girl wear who wears skirts & carries purses: PM— ANI (@ANI_news) June 6, 2016
His statement has been termed as factually incorrect because according to Archaeological Survey of India, the Sun Temple, famous for its erotic sculptures, was built in AD 1255 and not 2,000 years ago, reports Telegraph
And of course, we knows how many people in India view the skirt.
Here is his speech:
But the Twitteratti was in no mood to spare PM Modi for his statements. Here are some interesting comments :
Hmm, matlab women in India are safe in a skirt only if they are engraved in stone. K. @ANI_news— Malay Desai (@MalayD) June 7, 2016
Modi says Konarak temple is 2000yr old & Bhakts scramble to prove him correct despite evidence that says otherwise pic.twitter.com/KbOf93YAaR— SamSays (@samjawed65) June 7, 2016
I was at the Sun Temple recently. It is breathtaking. Missed seeing the sculpture of lady in skirt with purse though pic.twitter.com/hKfKJZE7PR— SamSays (@samjawed65) June 7, 2016
Modi’s team of Sadhvis&Swamys r against girls wearing jeans but Modi supports mini skirts, says our girls used to wear skirts 1000 yrs back.— Abdulla Madumoole (@AMadumoole) June 7, 2016
Aur tab se leke aaj tak RSS aur Modi bhakt uss Skirt 👗ke peeche pade hai.. pic.twitter.com/IpYGyIgUo9— উৎপল দত্ত (@VoiceOfPM) June 7, 2016