Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor‘s column Let’s Talk About Trolls was published in Hindustan Times this evening, and it went viral within a couple of hours. But unfortunately, the column is not so much going viral for Sonam Kapoor’s writing against Internet trolls but rather for making fun of her for not knowing India’s national anthem well. The actress begins her column in HT, saying, “You might call me a ‘bimbo’, a ‘naachne wali’, but you know what, I’m a terribly self-assured woman. I have a strong sense of self and I don’t need you to tell me who I am.” She adds, “The trolls can be sexist and judgmental but I know I’m smart and capable of expressing an opinion. I’m a successful woman, a feminist, a humanist, a national award winner and I say this with a great sense of pride and satisfaction: I get to live a fairy tale life every single day. I walk the international stage, I’m an avid reader with a library full of books, I am a consumer of news, an engaged Indian and so very capable of having a discussion on any issue, with anyone. Just because I’m an actor, it doesn’t mean I can’t have an opinion. I’ve spoken up often.”
But it seems people are not really reading her column, rather are busy tweeting a picture of hers from the daily. The photo quotes Sonam Kapoor as saying that the words or the saying “Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Issai…” are part of our national anthem! Jana Gana Mana the national anthem does not have these words, but some people on Twitter are saying that the entire song Bharat Bhagyo Bidhata as written by the great poet Rabindranath Tagore does contain words to that effect. So, Sonam Kapoor may be right, without knowing that she is right! A Twitter user said in her support, “Actually, the second stanza of jana gana mana has the words “Hindu Bauddh Shikha Jain, Parasik Musolman Christaani”. #NationalAnthem.”
Read the tweets trolling Sonam Kapoor and in support of her! The actress also tweeted to the trolls, “Thank you so much twitter for the amazing response to my article and also to the #trolls who proved my point by the way they responded.”
— Harjeet (@IHarjeetR) April 21, 2017
She goes on to write a powerful post about being a public figure in the world of social media, and how she herself had responded to author Shobhaa De calling her names on Twitter. National Film Awards 2017 Winners announced: Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor, Mohanlal get congratulatory messages on Twitter!
Sonam Kapoor confessed in her column, “I admit that there have been times when I have reacted to the abuse that comes my way. Yes, I’ve fallen for the bait but have also apologised. I responded when author Shobhaa De said, “(Sonam Kapoor) doesn’t cut it in the sex appeal stakes.’’ My parents made me realise I was wrong to have hit out at her, saying, “60 something porn writer.” I’m glad that my father, Anil Kapoor, has helped me to focus on the glass half full. I’m glad he showed me the mirror.”
But we felt a pinch when Sonam Kapoor signed the column as, “A proud naachne-waali”. Ouch! That must have hurt her so much. Really, Internet trolls should grow up.