Hope this letter finds you in the pink of health. It does seem like there are more than handful of Indians who don’t necessarily wish for your well-being in the past couple of days but I sincerely hope you’re doing good.
Without further ado, let’s discuss the metaphoric elephant in the metaphoric room. For years, you’ve been one to defy the odds. From modelling with Zeenat Aman to being at the inception of three renowned magazines. Your opinions and writings have garnered mixed responses for decades. Be it your take on Rekha’s voice and vocabulary. To bashing Deepika’s claim to the crown of the World’s Sexiest Woman. For most readers, it has always been the oregano on the pizza that everyone craved for. But instead, it happened to be the unnecessarily added chili that enraged the keyboard warriors. Public opinion does state it’s gone a bit too far.
Let’s assess the situation, shall we? We are a nation driven by sensitivity and emotions. We all remember Tanmay Bhatt’s Snapchat video that became the topic of every prime-time news hour debate on every TV station. There are a few things that the nation simply wants to know and a few that we don’t.
Maybe you are right about our Olympians, maybe you are wrong and nobody can take away your right to share your opinion either but the question that I simply fail to understand is why would you put out a tweet during a time when every Indian is high on patriotism and sporting achievements even if they don’t know that the 10m Air Rifle is a completely different event from the 10m Pistol and Abhinav Bindra participates in the former. (Just in case you yourself didn’t know that)
What I concur from my desk staring at my wallpaper of Sardar Singh and the Indian Men’s Hockey Team is that you like the attention. Maybe I’m wrong and accept my apologies if I am but from a layman’s point of view it seems like you were afraid you were losing relevance in the public eye. As the so-called Jackie Collins of India, it comes across as you were afraid you weren’t in the news anymore and simply had to conjure something up to address that. But to conjure something ridiculous at the behest of enraging a billion people? Geez, that’s an altogether new low.
Congratulations! You’ve done just that along with invoking the patriotism of a dormant Indian audience that hadn’t yet taken interest in the Olympics. And especially, just before Independence Day.
That ‘one’ in a billion enraged fan