A Little Note to India – Shruti Seth Writes an Open Letter to Narendra Modi & Others Who Abused Her on Twitter

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Earlier, we informed you about how famous TV actor and anchor Shruti Seth became a victim of hate speech on twitter after she opposed PM Modi’s #SelfieWithADaughter campaign.

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Shruti had to bear uncontrolled trolling and nasty messages on her twitter timeline. Now when it has some what stopped, Shuri has taken some time out to write an open letter to every one – to the users who made hate speech, to other Indians and ofcourse, PM Narendra Modi.

Below is the exact text of the open letter shared by Shruti Seth on Twitter. Its a must read and it makes more sense than Modi’s SelfieWithDaughter campaign itself.

So, guys please do give it a full read and possible share it with others.

 

 

A little note to India,

I write this to an entire nation because no one individual can be held responsible for bringing about change in the mindset of a billion odd people. Change can only happen if there is awareness at an individual level.

On the morning of 28th June, I made the grave mistake of expressing my views on an initiative called #selfiewithdaughter which had been blessed by our PM. Most people found it to be a sweet gesture and a means to create awareness about female infanticide. I, sadly, didn’t find the idea very palatable. Keep in mind that I have an eleven-month daughter of my own. But I expect more from the man who’s supposed to usher in a new era of change, not just tenuous surface-level initiatives.

I then made a graver mistake of posting this opinion on Twitter. So not only did I dare to think, I also dared to place my thoughts in the public domain.

And then, at the risk of sounding overly-Shakespearean, the floodgates of hell opened. I was subjected to a tsunami of hate tweets. 48 hours of non stop trolling. The tweets were targeted at me, my family, my ‘Muslim’ husband, my 11 month old daughter and, of course, my non-existent, dwindling, no-good career as an actor.

I had made an unsavoury comment about our Prime Minister by calling him – *gasp* – #selfieobsessed and asking him to choose reform over gimmickry. Was I wrong? Was I too harsh? Apparently, for those who support him and the ruling government, unquestioningly so. I, as a member of the tax-paying electorate of India, did not have the right to comment on his policy. I had dared to challenge his authority. I had abused the highest office of the country (which is the President, by the way).

And so I deserved to be punished. And punished In a manner commensurate with the vitriol that the anonymity & access of Twitter so easily provide.

Men and women alike said the most vile things about me, stripping me of all my dignity as someone’s daughter, wife and mother and most importantly a woman. Men who were busy hash-tagging their selfies with their daughters one minute called me slanderous names the next. Asked me if I knew who my real father was. Questioned if I had been sexually abused as a child and hence was opposed to the idea of a selfie with my father. And these are the relatively polite ones. Well done, gentlemen. Your daughters must be so proud.

Women, who are meant to empower each other, asked me if I was a prostitute and if I was planning on doing the same with my daughter. Whether I was trying to gain some fame and resurrect my failed career by using the prime minister’s name. I shudder to think of the deep respect your sons will have for the opposite sex.

So here’s the thing. What is the point of taking selfies with your girls when you’re also responsible for creating the most toxic environment for them to grow up in? How will taking a photograph nullify the misogyny and patriarchy that is so deeply entrenched in our society? Why bother to increase the number of girls being born when you choose to treat them with such indignity and disrespect?

All those who trolled me incessantly for forty eight hours, did you for once stop and think that I, too, am someone’s daughter? Did you ever ask yourselves how you’d feel if it were your daughter at the receiving end of all that hate? I’m guessing the answer is a big, resounding “No”. Because, you know, you were too busy pouting for the camera & getting ‘likes’ and ‘RT’s to your #selfiewithdaughter.

As for our esteemed PM, I have this to say to him:

Dear Sir,

If you truly wish to empower women I urge you to condemn this kind of hatred being spread in your name.

Regretfully, I deleted my initial tweet because of the backlash. But I stand by what I said and I’ll reiterate it here: “Selfies don’t bring about change, reform does. So please try and be bigger than a photograph. Come on!”

And as for my initial reservation about the initiative being nothing more than eyewash, I am deeply saddened to see that, in the end, I was proved right.

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8 thoughts on “A Little Note to India – Shruti Seth Writes an Open Letter to Narendra Modi & Others Who Abused Her on Twitter

  1. selfie won’t change anything… but similarly the rainbow profile pics are also meaningless but you never oppose them… accept it, the main intention of the left liberals is to take a dig at Modi no matter what… rather than doing anything meaningful for the society…

    1. MindTheNews Network

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      Who doesn’t oppose rainbow pics ? We do and I think most of sensible people out there do so too. Its the same set of people who are supporting stupidity of selfie or rainbow pics.

  2. well said shruthi……. selfies wont make a change…n we expect more than tis frm our honourable PM…..
    n to al those abusers, think as an individual n giv ur opinion rather than supporting a political party n its leader….

  3. Surprising that a once Hindu female whose only thing to show for a semblance of a career (if at all there was one ever) was to be partially stripped naked by Arjun Rampal in Rajneeti has the gumption to talk ideology and politics, Shruti is just trying to live up to her image that she played on screen ……that of a political harlot…..And now that she has jettisoned her identity for a muslim male she just wants to show her Islamic husband how much she is in love with him by viscerally attacking Modi and Hindus which she presumes will be her pathway to matrimonial bliss and probably even an orgasm by a lacerated circumcised Muslim dick who in all likelihood is chasing four vaginas to impregnate….simultaneously…..Ch Ch Shruiti we understand your competition and hence your compulsion but it was your choice Baby in the first place, as like many Hindu women before you, you thought no Hindu men would be good enough for you…Good to see the level of indoctrination that she has imbibed so shortly after her marriage that now even she has the temerity to crawl out of wood works to take a potshot at Modi

  4. It is because of living in India that she can wear any sort of dresses despite married to….let us rather not speak about that part…and so openly criticize the PM…I urge to send her to Dhaka on this month of Ramadan…to roam around the streets without a drop of water and all covered from head to toe as a perfect wife of a “Muslim” or even utterly just as a woman…Muslim or non-Muslim…then wish to see her “freedom of speech” etc. etc.

  5. There is singular wretchedness against Shruti that has percolated down even here in the form of Audity Falguni and a rotten-minded Michael.

  6. There must be important for the people to raise their voice for the justice in a society because every man and women are equal in this society . The education gives the awareness to the people that the people are equal and no is important on the basis of profession every one has its own personal life no buddy have a right to discuss on it. So there should be a need to spread the awareness about the human rights in the people and this could only be happen through education.

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