The Council of School Certificate Examination (CISCE) has reportedly prescribed several popular books of our times, including Harry Potter, The Hobbit, Amar Chitra Katha and Titin, for English Literature classes in its schools.
Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty was recently asked for her views on the board's move and this is what she said.
"Books like Lord Of The Rings (LOTR) and Harry Potter as part of the syllabus is a great move because it cultivates imagination and creativity at a young age. They should include books like Little Women, as it encourages respect towards women at a young age. Even a book like Animal Farm can teach the little ones to love and care for animals."
No sooner did a clip of Shetty's comment, in which she misinterprets Animal Farm- George Orwell's dystopian novel based on the Russian Revolution of 1917- started doing rounds on social media, Twitterati created the hashtag "ShilpaShettyReviews" to troll her.
However, there are also some who have supported the actor.
In defense of Shilpa Shetty, even Gulliver's Travels is satire, but kids enjoy it. Animal Farm bhi enjoy kar lenge, as fantasy, not satire— Rahul Roushan (@rahulroushan) November 28, 2016