As Minister of External Affairs of India, Sushma Swaraj is doing some awesome work.
However, a recent tweet of hers in the wake of the rampant ‘Afro-phobia’ in the nation backfired immediately when she indirectly referred to Africa as a country.
I appeal to fellow Indians. Next time you meet an African citizen, pl shake hand and say ‘India loves you’.Pl RT— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) June 2, 2016
Even though she’d tweeted it in good faith, it evoked nothing but a backlash from the Twitterati.
@SushmaSwaraj sure madam, also do appeal to fellow bhakts: next time you meet a Muslim or a Dalit, pl shake hand and say ‘India loves you’.— pravin mishra (@mishra_pravin) June 2, 2016
.@SushmaSwaraj Please also appeal to Delhiites that next time they see a Northeastern person, say, “Delhi loves you”.— Mr. Tippler (@MrTippler) June 2, 2016
.@SushmaSwaraj African citizen? Africa is not a country— Sulabh Varshney (@sulabh_varshney) June 2, 2016
.@SushmaSwaraj Ma’am, first appeal to these Shiv Sena-MNS guys first, that next time they meet a Bihari guy, say “Maharashtra loves you”.— Mr. Tippler (@MrTippler) June 2, 2016
.@SushmaSwaraj I appeal to the BJP. Next time you meet a member of the LGBT community, pl shake hand and say ‘India loves you’.Pl RT— Hardik Rajgor (@Hardism) June 2, 2016
And of course, the trolls weren’t too far behind.
@SushmaSwaraj ma’am pls unblock me. Main toh indian hi hoon.— bedardi raja (@CopyWalaTweet) June 2, 2016
It’s okay ma’am. We got what you were trying to say.