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After Modi's jibe, trolls deface Renuka Chowdhury’s Wiki page, calling her Shurpanakha

Charu Kartikeya | Updated on: 13 February 2018, 11:48 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP MPs in the Rajya Sabha may have drawn flak for comparing Congress MP Renuka Chowdhury's laughter to that of a demoness, but that hasn't deterred some people from enjoying the ridicule.

Chowdhury had let out a loud burst of laughter during Modi's speech in the Upper House on 8 February, which the PM said reminded him of a laughter heard in the Ramayana TV serial years ago. The comment was an allusion to the many famed demonesses in the popular TV serial and their loud laughter.

Taking cue from the response that Modi's allusion elicited among BJP members and followers, a user on Wikipedia has edited the page dedicated to the Ramayana TV series telecast in 2008 and has listed Renuka Chowdhury as the actor who played the role of Shurpanakha in the series 

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The edit is in the name of a mysterious user who goes by the name of @yashthepunisher on Wikipedia.

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The edit was still there on the website by the time of publication of this story.

On 8 Feb, when Modi cracked that joke, a large number of BJP MPs broke out into instant laughter, on cue, mocking Chowdhury, accompanied by a loud thumping of desks with both hands. In an indication of the inherent patriarchy behind the jibe and the response it elicited, at least two female BJP MPs could be clearly seen hesitating from sharing the enthusiasm of their male party colleagues.

First published: 12 February 2018, 18:44 IST
Charu Kartikeya @CharuKeya

Assistant Editor at Catch, Charu enjoys covering politics and uncovering politicians. Of nine years in journalism, he spent six happily covering Parliament and parliamentarians at Lok Sabha TV and the other three as news anchor at Doordarshan News. A Royal Enfield enthusiast, he dreams of having enough time to roar away towards Ladakh, but for the moment the only miles he's covering are the 20-km stretch between home and work.