Twitter CEO trolled in India for holding a placard that read ‘Smash Brahminical Patriarchy’

(IANS)

  • Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, has been trolled on the social media platform after a picture of him surfaced holding a placard that read ‘Smash Brahminical Patriarchy’ during his India visit.
  • Twitter India’s legal head has said the picture was taken at an event for India’s minorities and was in fact a gift from a Dalit activist.
  • Some Twitter users accused Dorsey of "bigotry" and "racism" after the poster went viral
Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, has created controversy after a picture of him surfaced holding a placard that read ‘Smash Brahminical Patriarchy’ during his India visit, prompting a volley of angry tweets from several Indian users.

Twitter India’s legal head Vijaya Gadde apologised for the move and clarified the picture was taken at a closed-door discussion with a group of women who shared their experiences on using Twitter, and was, in fact, a gift from a Dalit activist in connection to a movement to empower Dalit women. The Dalits are the most marginalised community in India and have been subject to centuries of discrimination and caste-related violence.

Twitter India also tweeted the incident was a “a tangible reflection of our company's efforts to see, hear, and understand all sides of important public conversations that happen on our service around the world.”

Some Twitter users accused Dorsey of "bigotry" and "racism" after the poster went viral

Among the Twitter users that criticised the picture were Mohandas Pai, a former finance chief of software exporter Infosys who called it a shame.

While in India, Dorsey participated in a roundtable with Journalists, activists and writers talking about the Twitter experience in India, when a journalist attending the discussion tweeted his picture with the placard.

Dorsey was recently in India having high profile meetings with PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi and Shah Rukh Khan.

With inputs from IANS.
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