On the eve of Diwali, Indian sports stars such as PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Mary Kom and paddler Manika Batra took to Twitter to voice their support for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharat Laxmi initiative, which aims at empowering the women of the country.
Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju also tweeted a video which lauded their achievements. The female sportspersons wrote the same message: “I thank @narendramodi sir for his initiative to honour and empower women this Diwali. Acknowledgement motivates us to work harder and make India proud. #bharatkilaxmi.” The message was also shared by boxer Nikhat Zareen and wrestler Pooja Dhanda.
The same message which was pasted on all their individual Twitter handles did not go down well with fans, who accused the female sportspersons of ‘copy-pasting’.
Some fans suggested that the message could have been more personalised, while some reckoned that they could have retweeted the message.
Some fans shared screengrabs of ‘the message’ tweeted by Mary Kom, Saina, Sindhu, table tennis star Manika Batra and wrestler Pooja Dhanda.
A few fans pointed out that Dhanda in fact “forgot to remove the “Text: ” bit which was to be stripped off before tweeting rest of the text.”
Meanwhile, last month PM Modi urged people to launch a campaign to honour daughters who have made a mark with their achievements in various fields for the public good.
“Daughters are considered as Lakshmi in our culture. Can’t we felicitate daughters in our villages and cities by holding public programmes?” Modi had suggested in his monthly ‘Mann ki Baat’ radio address.
The Prime Minister said on Diwali, Goddess Lakshmi is welcomed at homes as it is believed that she brings prosperity and happiness.