Tharoor’s selfie with 6 women MPs with ‘attractive place’ tweet sparks row




Senior Congress leader on Monday posted a selfie with six women MPs on with a caption:”Who says the Lok Sabha isn’t an attractive place to work?”, triggering a controversy with many netizens accusing him of sexism.


Tharoor later apologised for offending “some people” and said the “whole selfie thing” was done at the women MPs’ initiative in “great good humour and it was they who asked me to tweet it in the same spirit”.


“Who says the Lok Sabha isn’t an attractive place to work? With six of my fellow MPs this morning,” he said and posted a picture of himself with Supriya Sule, Preneet Kaur, Thamizhachi Thangapandian, Mimi Chakraborty, Nusrat Jahan Ruhi and Jyothimani.


His tweet sparked controversy with many accusing him of “sexism” and “objectification”.


Reacting sharply, Commission for Women chairperson Rekha Sharma tweeted, “you are demeaning their contribution in parliament and by making them an object of attraction. Stop objectifying women in parliament”.


“Incredible that someone, as exposed to equality discourse, as @ShashiTharoor would attempt to reduce elected political leaders to their looks, and centre himself in the comment to boot. This is 2021, folks, ” tweeted Karuna Nandy, a Supreme Court advocate.


Responding to Nandy’s tweet, badminton player and Arjuna awardee Jwala Gutta tweeted, “not really Karuna. I think we need to take a few things in a lighter note..and not see everything with a magnifying glass..And this was a compliment to all the women in the Parliament which is generally stereotyped!! just my opinion.”

Commenting on Tharoor’s remark, a user said, “women in the Lok Sabha are not decorative items meant to make your workspace ‘attractive’. They are parliamentarians and you are being disrespectful and sexist.”








No man seems to be beyond casual everyday sexism, another netizen said.


After the online backlash, Tharoor tweeted, “the whole selfie thing was done (at the women MPs’ initiative) in great good humour & it was they who asked me to tweet it in the same spirit.”

“I am sorry some people are offended but I was happy to be roped into this show of workplace camaraderie. That’s all this is,” the MP from Thiruvananthapuram said.


However, TMC MP Mauhua Moitra defended Tharoor and tweeted “not surprised that a bunch of ugly trolls attacking @ShashiTharoor on a non-issue to detract attention from this non-attractive government’s decision to not allow a discussion on the farm act repeal.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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