Recent years in port-truth Bharat have brought the worst out of Indian institutions that were supposed to be neutral. The official twitter handle of state-run telecommunications provider Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) on Thursday endorsed a tweet from a seemingly troll account that said, “Today Hindus are wary of supporting NathuramGodse. While Muslims feel proud even when they name their children Taimur.” The MTNL account said, “It’s hard to digest the truth.”
The said tweet was posted by an account called Nita AmbaniFan.
NathuramGodse, Gandhi’s murderer, became a topic of discussion during these recent LokSabha campaigns. While actor Kamal Hasan said that he was independent India’s “first terrorist”, Malegaon balst accused SadhviPragya Thakur said that he was a “patriot”. Pragya Thakur was severely criticised for her comments. Since 2014 when this regime first rode to power, talk of Gode temples springing up have regularly done the rounds.
The tweet created outrage among twitter users, with one user asking the telecom provider to change its name to “Official NathuramGodse.”
AisiTaisi Democracy tweeted,
After facing a lot of flak, MTNL deleted the tweet and shared an official statement saying, “At the outset, MTNL regrets the inconvenience caused by the two objectionable tweets circulated on social media and Twitter.com and purportedly made @MTNLOfficial.We strongly condemns the above tweets and committed to investigate the matter. Press release enclosed.”
Taimur is the child of actors KareenaKapoor and Saif Ali Khan. His name, which also resembles that of a 14th century Mongol invader has, has since the beginning generated a lot of interest among Hindutva supporters and media personnels.