Renowned journalist Tavleen Singh recently found herself at the receiving end of a barrage of criticism after she shared a fake picture of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Twitter. Tavleen Singh went on to share a photoshopped image of Uttar Pradesh CM drinking cow urine.
Soon after she shared the image, social media users slammed her by sharing the real image where Yogi Adityanath can be seen drinking water from a hand pump. A number of people lashed out at her for mocking the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh by sharing a fake photo of him. However, she defended herself stating that she thought that the cow’s urine was “sacred” and that she thought the photo was “genuine”.
Here’s the picture that she shared on her social media account:
And then someone corrected her:
Have some shame Tavleen. pic.twitter.com/9FFH5Vniri
— Nupur (@UnSubtleDesi) June 12, 2017
This is what she said to defend her stand after being attacked by the Twitterati:
No. I thought cow’s urine was sacred for Hindus and thought it was a genuine picture. Is it not sacred? https://t.co/xekGSBFYRb
— Tavleen Singh (@tavleen_singh) June 12, 2017
If cow’s urine is sacred why are so many Hindutva followers ashamed of that picture? It looked genuine to me so I posted it. https://t.co/DsTfRxKu4T
— Tavleen Singh (@tavleen_singh) June 13, 2017
However, clearly several people were not pleased with her defence and continued to attack her for her post:
i didnt know this journalist is so nasty and has so much disgust for hindus. how shamlessly this woman is defending that tweet is remarkable
— xZorroJr (@xZorroJr) June 13, 2017
Surprised by Tavleen Singh! Was balanced and non-partisan in her column. Now she’s gone off the deep end, lost objectivity. Too bad!
— Poroma (@PoromaMunshi) June 13, 2017
We are not ashamed of picture , we are ashamed of journalists like you!!
— Vinod Rai (@Kumar_VinodR) June 13, 2017
Have lost all the respect for you, Tavleen! Now you’re stopping down to Sharing photoshopped pics of a man just becauseyou hate him! Shame!
— Pavan Joshi (@Pavan_Joshi_RW) June 12, 2017
Someone even demanded the Uttar Pradesh police to take strong action against the Tavleen for posting a fake photo. Following which, the UP Police tweeted saying that a case has been registered and an enquiry has been initiated.
— UP POLICE (@Uppolice) June 12, 2017
Tavleen Singh is noted columnist and has worked with reputed organisations including The Statesman, The Telegraph, Sunday Times, London. She also writes for India Today and Indian Express.
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