The Kolkata-based newspaper The Telegraph has taken on HRD minister Smriti Irani for the second time during the ongoing JNU row.
On February 13, the newspaper had mocked Irani for arresting student union’s president Kanhaiya Kumar at the JNU campus, with a front page that looked like this:
The Telegraph may never have hit harder on its front page than it has done today. pic.twitter.com/zJYZ4CrOIc— Ankur Bhardwaj (@Bhayankur) February 13, 2016
Rather openly mocking Irani’s educational qualifications, the paper highlighted the various controversies that the minister has found herself in since taking charge of it.
So, all eyes were on the paper again after Irani’s impassioned – and dramatic – speech at the parliament on Wednesday. In a fiery exchange between her Mayawati over Rohith Vemula’s suicide, Irabi had said this:
“Agar mere uttar se aap santusht na ho to main apna sar kalam karke aapke charnoon main chhod doongi.” (if you are not satisfied with my reply, I will cut of my head and place it at your feet).”
Taking a jab, The Telegraph came up with this for its front page today:
Mother India, at your service and ready for the supreme sacrifice, here comes – said the short headline.
This seems to have riled up many, and has been evoking some strong reactions on twitter:
Some found the jab plain sexist:
When a man makes a passionate speech,he becomes a hero.A woman does it,she gets sexist headlines.Way to go Telegraph https://t.co/pnI9Ft9p1O— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) February 25, 2016
(By the way, here is a counter-point)
Hey Telegraph astounding sexist & ageist headline-good to know what u stand for This says a lot more abt u than her. https://t.co/N2VtEDXtB4— Advaita Kala (@AdvaitaKala) February 25, 2016
The Telegraph what is it with this sexist headline?! Attack an issue not an individual. You are not a Twitter Troll! https://t.co/BuOxBjPqXs— Rashi Kakkar (@rashi_kakkar) February 25, 2016
With one sexist headline, Telegraph has done the impossible. It has made me want to defend Smriti Irani. Congratulations.— Angry Brown Man (@AListRap) February 25, 2016
Some though it was not in good taste:
I feel The Telegraph calling Smriti Irani Aunty National is not in good taste.— Rasheed Kappan (@kappansky) February 25, 2016
The Telegraph is becoming too gimmicky. Also offensive, like today. Front page headline on Smriti Irani in extremely poor taste. Cheap shot.— Joyeeta Basu (@eeta) February 25, 2016
But then, some calm souls also saw the pun and the humour in it:
The Telegraph should realise that…— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) February 25, 2016
Telegraph is really upping the aunty with their headlines. such wow. so pun. pic.twitter.com/Nlc8Rsz7ZK— T. Gautham Shenoy (@theBekku) February 25, 2016
Ok, first of all, that Telegraph headline has the elegance of an Amul pun, so if you are retweeting with admiration, I am judging you hard.— AntiNational Element (@GultiGrinch) February 25, 2016