Tamil Nadu BJP leader Tamilisai Soundararajan is a bit of a favourite with the state’s trolls and meme makers. And a recent award that the leader reportedly won has sent them working overtime.
Recently, the President of the Tamil Nadu unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party was conferred the ‘Distinguished Service and Excellence Leadership Award 2017’ by the International Human Rights Peace Commission. The award was conferred to her in a ceremony in Chennai.
However, the award was widely reported to be for ‘Best Female Leader’ or ‘Best Indian Woman Politician in 2017’. As to why this is, your guess is as good as ours.
“No matter which award it is, I dedicate it to the people and my party. These awards give me a boost to do my work more dedicatedly. According to me, I’m a strong BJP leader till now. In this regard, there is no chance of change in the leadership. There are a lot of rumours, but nothing else,” she told Thanthi TV after winning the award.
Social media, however, couldn’t digest it. One Twitter user wanted to know on what basis she got the award.
“Students can 'kathi kathi' (scream loudly and) study, but they shouldn't study with 'kaththi' (knife),” said Tamilisai. May be it's for speeches like this that she got an award?”
இந்திய அளவில் சிறப்பாக செயல்பட்ட பெண் அரசியல் தலைவர் விருதைப் பெற்றார்#தமிழிசை
நெட்டிஷன்கள் இல்லாமல் இருந்திருந்தால் தமிழிசையை இந்திய அளவில் யாருக்குமே தெரிந்திருக்க வாய்ப்பில்லை
— சிதறல்கள் (@mujib989898) January 31, 2018
“Tamilisai has won a best politician in India award. If there were no netizens, no one in India would know she exists.”
The memes, of course, came flooding.
Some even insinuated that she gave herself the award! The text is often embossed at vessel stores, giving rise to the memes.
Emboss it properly. It should say, “Best Woman Politician.”
2017ஆம் ஆண்டுக்கான சிறந்த பொதுநல சேவைக்கான விருது தமிழிசைக்கு வழங்கப்பட்டது
என்ன டுமீளு நாச்சியப்பன் பாத்திர கடைல உண்ண பாத்ததா பையன் சொன்னான்
டுமீளு : அப்படி எல்லாம் ஒன்னும் இல்லயே தம்பி
— Troll bakths (@trollvishal) January 30, 2018
In this, the person says:
"What Dumeel, apparently my boy saw you at the Nacchiyappan vessel store?"
Dumeel: Hey nothing like that…
In October 2017, Tamilisai was renamed to ‘Dumilisai’ on her Wikipedia page. ‘Dumeel’ translates to ‘sound of gun.’
Since it is Tamilisai we are talking about, can BJP National Secretary H Raja really be left behind?
In this meme, BJP National Secretary H Raja and 'Dumeel' (supposed to be Tamilisai) are speaking.
H Raja tells Dumeel: "Hey Dumeel, so you're going to use this (the award) you'll become an MLA in Tamil Nadu, then you'll make the lotus bloom in the state and you'll become a big person. And I'll have to campaign for you and put your posters up. Do I look like an idiot?"
This one, well, speaks for itself.
The tweet announces the news of Tamilisai winning the award for ‘Best Woman Politician’, and then says:
“It’s a bit hard to digest, but let’s just move past it thinking it is today’s joke”.