Actor Priyanka Chopra recently put up a photograph in which she's in conversation with Prime Minister Modi in Berlin, thanking him for taking time off to meet her. However, PC might not have expected the backlash she would face for this.
In the picture, Priyanka is seen wearing a dress that bares her legs and moreover, she's sitting with one leg crossed over the other - as non-sanskaari as it gets in the textbooks of the moral police. Within no time, the picture attracted comments from offended Modi fans and "patriots" who felt the actor had insulted the Indian PM by her "inappropriate" attire and style of sitting:
She has her choice to wear what ever she wants.. At least she is much more decent than most of the Indians.
We shuld mind our own business.
Not wanting to get into a controversy, Shriya issued a clarification that she'd arrived at the venue from a shoot and didn't have the time to wear something more "appropriate". She also said that she was sorry to have offended people.
That same year, tennis star Sania Mirza was dragged to court for disrespecting the national flag by sitting with her feet pointed to it. Sania, who was only 21 at the time, was so affected by the controversy that she said that she'd even considered quitting the game and that it had impacted her preparations for an upcoming Grand Slam.
Interestingly, when Michelle Obama was the First Lady, she was widely appreciated on social media for not covering her head when meeting with a Saudi leader. However, it later emerged that Saudi Arabia doesn't really require female visitors to cover their heads when they are in the country and that several female dignitaries had met Saudi kings and leaders for years without doing so.
Maybe it's her or maybe because it's the year 2017, Priyanka chose to laugh off the hot air about her "inappropriate" dress by posting an epic response: a photograph with her mother in which both women can be seen baring their legs, with the hashtag #itsthegenes.
To be fair, Priyanka wasn't the only person who was trolled for the photograph. Though Modi was err...fully dressed and sitting in the sanskaari-approved fashion, he came under flak for meeting with an actor when he'd not met with protesting Tamil Nadu farmers in Delhi and being out of the country constantly:
Vasanthan D No offence to u Ms.Chopra..He has time to meet u, even if he hasn't he ensures he allots time to meet u, but our TN farmers r still struggling to get an appointment to see him and to share their misfortunes of cultivating food for us...and he doesnt gives a damn about our farmers ! That hurts us (Tamils) to the core...
People who are seldom seen in India. pic.twitter.com/C092t0RqVXâ€” SAGAR (@sagarcasm) May 30, 2017
Miss World with Won't miss any part of the World. pic.twitter.com/pakHARyaKdâ€” Gabru Tippler (@MrTippler) May 30, 2017
PC: I love visiting Indiaâ€” à¤…à¤¤à¤¿à¤¶à¤¬à¤¾à¥› (@IamSunilPathak) May 30, 2017
Modi: same here pic.twitter.com/YXJ3hm2TSV