‘Sanskaari Babuji’ Alok Nath’s ‘un-sanskaari’ moment on Twitter


Veteran actor Alok Nath’s characters conforming to traditional norms in films which made him famous as the ‘sanskaari Babuji’, did something exactly opposite of his ‘sanskaari’ image, on Twitter.

Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s launch of the ‘#SelfieWithDaughter’ campaign, the actor was one among the many who shared selfies with their respective daughters on the micro-blogging site.

However, noted women's rights activist and columnist Kavita Krishnan, questioned the campaign and tweeted, “Careful before sharing #SelfieWithDaughter with #LameDuckPM. He has a record of stalking daughters.” Kavita’s post was an oblique reference to the two-year-old ‘Snoopgate’ controversy where Modi’s aide Amit Shah allegedly surveilled a woman illegally under the former's orders.

The ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun’actor was among the many who were outraged by the activist’s post. Alok responded with an ‘un-sanskaari’ tweet calling Kavita a “bitch.”

“@Ra_Bies @kavita krishanan jail the bitch,” read the actor’s tweet, which was later deleted.

Twitteratis called theeleated.d, which was later itckote,eir selfies with their respective daughters on the micro-blogging site. 58-year-old actor’s response as ‘sexist’ and ‘hate speech’ and criticised him on the social media.

“Who would have thought the on-screen graceful @aloknath would be a rabid right-wing misogynist bigot. Thank you twitter,” posted a user. “I for one am shocked, shocked that Alok Nath, being a middle aged Indian 'sanskari uncle', has little respect for women and dissent,” read another tweet.

One user tweeted a meme of the actor’s picture inscribed with the words ‘UPLOADS #SELFIEWITHDAUGHTER CALLS ANOTHER WOMAN “BITCH”’ on top and ‘SANSKARI!’ at the bottom of the image.

However, those who were furious at Kavita’s post supported the actor and tweeted, “He just said what a LOT of people wanted to say after seeing THAT tweet of hers,” while others were unhappy with the actor for diverted public anger away from its ‘rightful’ recipient, Kavita.

Meanwhile, one user regretted that the campaign for gender equality was reduced to a war of tweets by two persons, while another said all the mud-slinging on Twitter reflected the “the emptiness of social media gender equality campaigns.”