New Delhi, September 16:  Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Smriti Irani on Saturday said the New India will be ruled by merit and not dynasties. Irani speaking at a media event said New India is defined by people who dare to dream and who strive only on the basis on their merit.

Speaking at India Today Mind Rocks 2017 event, Irani, who is also the Textile minister, said that in ‘New India’, people will have more respect for them those who reach at the top through their hard work.

“‘Tu jaanta nahi mera baap kaun hain’, (You have no idea who my father is) won’t work in New India, ” said Irani while addressing the people. These comments regarding dynasty and merit comes amid the recent spat between the Congress and the BJP when Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi defended dynastic rules in the country while speaking in UC Berkeley.

 Irani said that New Delhi is a land of equal opportunities, a place where all women are respected. She also gave tips to girls and women on how to tackle eve-teasing. “If you ask any girl sitting here, none will say that you can glorify eve-teasing by any means,” she said.

On Blue Whale Challenge, which is linked to deaths of several children in India and worldwide, Irani said this audience knows and understands that Blue Whale Challenge is not something they should indulge in.

“Have discussions with your children, don’t leave it up to other institutions or third-parties,” IANS quoted Irani.

She also said: “I beseech parents to have a conversation with their children to explain the difference between a good touch and a bad touch.”