Open letter to Shruti Seth - A civil response to a deluded minor celebrity

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Let's just agree that what Shruti Seth tweeted about Modi's #SelfieWithDaughter would have gone completely unnoticed had she not been a minor celebrity. What is twitter not if a place for venting your biased uninformed political frustrations. All sides do it in equal numbers.

It's a selfie Shruti Seth, not a magic trick.
But since the question was asked and it appeared in the headlines of all "big media" - it should be answered. Why #SelfieWithDaughter?

Why not?

Was it asked during the moronic ice-bucket challenge? It neither begin in India, nor many even knew the reason of it. Just another fad, in the garb of minimal effort "social good" which in reality is always a mean to grab a little more attention everytime. A wet T-shirt contest that everybody had their fun with.

None of the Adarsh Liberal Folks questioned it's relevance then.

The real question is how much effort it takes to take a #SelfieWithDaughter? How much effort it takes for a PM to start a mini trend to show how a large part of India has changed it's attitude. May be in the process inspire a few who still don't appreciate their daughters.

None.
Does that mean reforms are not in works? Does each initiative need to be a complete solution to a problem?
But then come the party pooper "civilians" with their moral high ground on the face but stone-carved political loyalties in their hearts. They'll shit over anything as long as it doesn't happen at the hands of their chosen demi-gods. The real issues are never their concern.

Why assume that only affluent takes selfies? 

Is it not a kind of elitism? Smartphone is no luxury anymore. Does Shruti Seth even know that positive response to #SelfieWithDaughter in low female ratio states like Haryana. If PM Modi is using his charisma to drive social messages and making it "cool" to have a daughter, what is wrong with that? All with minimal effort, in a few tweets.

Do you see farce, Shruti Seth, in this father-daughter selfie? Don't you see the India changing?
I can bet that Shruti Seth hadn't peeped a meow had the exact same had been initiated by the "new-age" Kejri-team. Though none will ever be said about the coterie of wife beaters that revolved around that leader.

Or, the 520 Crore Rupees are burned in a no-issue ad-campaign whose only agenda is to communicate that what a wonderful God-like figure is Kejriwal.


Meanwhile, somebody who is working on the ground knows that social problems cannot be achieved without changing individual attitudes. And individual attitudes change overtime by facilitating social-messages into popular media, and not just boring government ads.

Which other prime minister chose to make 'toilets' his top priority? Which other regime had began their reigns with making female infanticide and girl-child education as their top priority? How much does Shruti Seth and the likes of her know about the success of 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' ?? Does she think easy access to banking is not helping poor house wives in villages?
These are real efforts on the ground. And it is boring tedious work. Sorry madam Shruti, you won't be interested in such 'sarkari' details.
What your likes get hung up on is one sexist statement here and there. All hell should break loose then, halt everything and debate the statement for a 1000 hours, that is real work. Imagine why you're not in governance.

The problem with you and other social media liberals is that you are way too pleased with your contribution. And contributions are tweets, endless debates, over-the-top-but-unrealistic moral posturing, but no real awareness or ground work. You leave that for the "others" - less fun old people.

The reality is no one is perfect and no solution is begin-all end-all to a problem. It's always a continuous process.

But what is the contribution of cynics like you who want their quick 15-minutes?

A tweet. May be a selfie in their car while driving?

Selfie While Driving must be really empowering? Heard of traffic rules?
Or, play the role of some slutty student politician, so much women empowerment, since you believe in symbols so much.

Courtesy: Rajneeti (2010 film) - Acting, yes. But women empowerment?
I'm quoting these examples to highlight your hypocrisy - your words sound so righteous, but your actions are reckless.

You are really perturbed by all the hate on twitter for you. You think you're that important? It's not organised hatred, BJP didn't organise this, Modi definitely didn't ask those random anonymous people to call you names. This is how they chose to exercise their freedom of expression.

The hate is not even against you, it's against the tribe you joined with your public statement. And that tribe is behind no one in dishing out as much hate. Don't believe me? Try reading the tweets of other Adarsh Liberals, impeccable English, but the passive aggression is poisonous, much more than the the few overzealous right wingers you come across.
Is this any better than a few cuss words? Lies are more poisonous.

You don't appear that untouched to cussing on social media yourself.

Still, that hate and name-calling you received on twitter is unpleasant, agree; shouldn't have happened. 

But it is as virtual as your contribution to society as an individual. You trolled and you got trolled, all in the name of freedom of expression. Now please, quit making it a feminist issue and the whole victimhood parade ... will leave you with this comic strip to lighten the mood.

Written by Ishaan Mohan Bagga

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