As if Sports Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel wasn’t enough for getting details of Indian athletes wrong, joining him in doing so is Haryana’s Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. During an event at Bahadurgarh where India’s bronze medallist Sakshi Malik was presented with a cheque of Rs 2.5 crore and also announced the brand ambassador of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao campaign in the state, Khattar said that silver medallist PV Sindhu belonged to Karnataka.
In the video posted by ANI, Khattar can be heard saying that he is proud of India’s two daughters “Sakshi Malik from Haryana and Sindhu from Karnataka”. He can even be heard asking one of his officers “kya naam” while mentioning Sindhu during his address, which clearly shows just how much he is aware of “India’s daughters”’ achievements.
It’s difficult to comprehend how ministers of their stature manage to make such mistakes on public platforms. People were only recovering from Goel’s embarrassing mistakes of getting Dipa Karmakar’s name wrong and adding the picture of Dutee Chand against Srabani Nanda’s name While conveying his best wishes when Khattar’s gaffe came to the fore.
People on social media were obviously quick to notice and couldn’t stop laughing and taking a dig at Andhra Pradesh VS Telnagana fight. Take a look at these.
@ANI_news Fair enough.. for southies everyone north of Hyderabad is a sardar.. so haryana waala saying she is from karnataka is no big deal.
— Orifice of RG (@0rifice0fRG) August 24, 2016
— Krishanu (@itzKrishanu) August 24, 2016
@ANI_news Clever than ignorant?! He just escaped to fall into the controversy of AP vs. Telangana. ;-)
— क्षितिज (@Kshitij_jai) August 24, 2016
Shukar hai 2 hi medal aaye..jyada aate toh iss tarah ke uncle confusion me baawle ho jaate https://t.co/vqZEtrVSAH
— Rofl Gandhi Novelist (@RoflGandhi_) August 24, 2016
It’s quite appalling how the one hand we try and cover up the ineptitude of the state and central governments in supporting athletes by showering them with accolades once they’ve won despite the challenges, and on the other, we still get such basic things as their name wrong on multiple occasions. Such gaffes just show how serious our leaders when they’re making lofty, congratulatory speeches.