Twitter Controversy On Smriti Irani’s Appointment As HRD Minister

The twitter controversy raised by Ajay Maken, Madhu Kishwar who have criticized the appointment of Smriti Irani as the HRD minister for her educational qualification.


Ever since Narendra Modi took over as the 15th PM of India on the 26th of this month, new controversies have surfaced. The dream cabinet he presented recently which ushers the logic of “more governance and less government” is being pierced by critics. The first on the radar is the 38-year-old youngest cabinet member Smriti Irani, who has been appointed as the minister of Human Resource Development of India.

With Twitter being the death bed of political controversies today, this one began on the educational qualification of the minister. It started trending on Twitter after Congress leader Ajay Maken began to share his critical thoughts questioning the educational qualification of the minster and whether will she able to deliver. Some of the politically motivated tweets shared by Maken are listed below:

This got Smriti Irani to trend since yesterday; she is holding the top position even today on the India Twitter trends. And on the other hand, Maken who headed the Congress’ communications department in his last role got criticized  as “sexist” and “elitist” not only by BJP and Modi supporters but even J&K CM Omar Abdullah didn’t spare him.

The BJP government has termed the Congress dig on the HRD minister as “unfortunate”. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad contended that she had been given the portfolio by Modi on the basis of her “capabilities”.

“The way Smriti speaks, both in Hindi and English… The Prime Minister has given her the portfolio (of HRD) on the basis of her capabilities,” said Prasad, who also holds the portfolio of Telecommunication and IT.

While we thought the issue has been settled, the controversy gained momentum once again when well known journalist and Modi loyalist Madhu Kishwar criticized Smriti Irani’s appointment as Union HRD minister.

Kishwar, who is quite popular on Twitter, tweeted her discomfort and even challenged the degree that Irani claims to posses.

Speaking to TOI over phone, Kishwar said, I did not pledge lifelong allegiance to a devotee’s club. If I see something going wrong, I will speak up. HRD is the most important ministry. The country can’t afford to waste another five years. I owed it to India to tell the truth about Modi earlier. So why would I not stand my ground today?”

Looks like the Modi cabinet will have a challenging ride with Congress - which is yet to settle with the collateral damage from elections - waiting to take a dig. Social media will only help fuel the cause.