Twitter CEO trolled in India for holding a placard that read ‘Smash Brahminical Patriarchy’
- 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
During Twitter CEO @jack's visit here, he & Twitter's Legal head @vijaya took part in a round table with some of us women journalists, activists, writers & @TwitterIndia's @amritat to discuss the Twitter experience in India. A very insightful, no-words-minced conversation 😊 pic.twitter.com/LqtJQEABgV— Anna MM Vetticad (@annavetticad) November 18, 2018
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.
Recently we hosted a closed door discussion with a group of women journalists and change makers from India to better understand their experience using Twitter. One of the participants, a Dalit activist, shared her personal experiences and gifted a poster to Jack. https://t.co/96gd3XmFgK— Twitter India (@TwitterIndia) November 19, 2018
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.
What a shame; How can people put such a hate poster and malign a community: @jack How can you as ceo of @twitter be party to this kind of hate? Shocking; this is @brahminphobia of the worst kind https://t.co/bWU0eBo9yG— Mohandas Pai (@TVMohandasPai) November 19, 2018
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.