In the last few months, ministers across states in India have been under fire on charges of faking their educational qualification. Maharashtra education minister Vinod Tawde and Union HRD minister Smirti Irani have had to face public embarrassment, while former law minister in Delhi, Jitendra Singh Tomar, had to resign over the matter.
Now, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's qualifications have come under the scanner. The matter seems to have been raised by an RTI activist, whose plea to get information about Modi's educational background was turned down by the PM Office and the Election Commission.
While the PMO asked the activist to access information on the PM's website, the Election Commission guided him towards the affidavit filed by Narendra Modi during the last General Elections.
What has further seemed to fuel the controversy is that while an MA from Gujarat University was mentioned on the PM's website earlier, the information had now been removed.
#DegreeDikhaoPMSaab (show your degree PM) began trending on Twitter late afternoon of 7 August, as Twitterati react to the news strongly.
Not having a degree doesn't make anyone a criminal but faking does. That's why #DegreeDikhaoPMSaabÃ¢ Dr Rakesh Parikh (@drrakeshparikh) August 8, 2015
Degree not in MA Politics but Degree in MAA politics (from using mothers pic to Ganga Maa to Obamaa ) #DegreeDikhaoPMSaabÃ¢ Sir Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhaqat) August 8, 2015
Bhakths are on the way with Photoshopped IIT degree of our beloved PM. #DegreeDikhaoPMSaabÃ¢ Indian Satires (@IndianSatires) August 8, 2015