New Delhi, March 3: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing flak from the opposition after he cracked a joke on dyslexia, apparently in an attempt to take a jibe at Congress President Rahul Gandhi. The video of PM Narendra Modi's remarks on dyslexia went viral on social media with opposition leaders slamming him for mocking a sensitive subject. PM Modi made the joke during an interaction with students.
PM Modi was interacting with students during the grand finale of Smart India Hackathon being hosted by Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur on Saturday evening. When an engineering student told the Prime Minister about a program that could help dyslexic children who face reading and writing difficulties, he interrupted and asked, "Will this program work for a 40-50-year-old child too?" PM Narendra Modi at Patna Rally: 'Congress Demoralising Armed Forces by Asking For Proof of Air Strike'.
This was an apparent dig at Rahul Gandhi. PM Modi and the students burst into laughter as seen in the video. But PM Modi wasn't done yet. In response to PM Modi's question, the girl replied: "Yes sir, it will work." "Then that will make the mothers of such children very happy," PM Modi commented, to another round of laughter. As the video PM Modi's remarks went viral, many including opposition leaders called out him. Karnataka Professor Forced to Kneel, Apologise For Facebook Posts Criticising BJP and Praising Imran Khan.
Watch PM Modi cracks joke on dyslexia:
Here are some tweets slamming PM Modi's remarks on dyslexia:
Shameful and distressing. Some of us have dyslexic or disabled relatives, friends, children and parents. Sattar saal mein pehli baar, a person with this crassness occupies the chair of the PM. Enough, Mr Modi. Yeh hain sanskar aapke? https://t.co/8wBvtjPy7q
— Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) March 3, 2019
Dyslexia is one of the most common learning disorders that affects 3-7% people, (traits in upto 17-20%). It is genetic (heritable) that affects reading, writing & hence learning skills but not a marker for intelligence. Poor judgement by the PM to mock a neurological condition pic.twitter.com/lJczhocUYV
— Dr. Sumaiya Shaikh (@Neurophysik) March 3, 2019
Cant believe. PRIME MINISTER making fun of Dyslexia !!https://t.co/uj8OmUi3eO
— Vinod Kapri (@vinodkapri) March 2, 2019
God! When we thought @narendramodi cd not go any lower, he still manages to stoop.
As a parent I do not want my kid to listen to a speaker who'd use dyslexia as a slur and here our Prime Minister uses dyslexia to insult @RahulGandhi
This is wrong on so many levels!!! https://t.co/gQ2IZVvY0m
— Preeti Sharma Menon (@PreetiSMenon) March 3, 2019
The Prime Minister of India keeping it classy as ever. Cracking a joke about dyslexia to target a political opponent. pic.twitter.com/qLoQMwKxVH
— Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) March 3, 2019
A member of a lynch mob will be the most likely candidate to mock at dyslexia or any other mental challenge
I would really recommend they consult a psychiatrist- especially if they have access to powerful weapons
— Sid (@sidmtweets) March 3, 2019
PM Modi and leaders of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are known for making fun of Rahul Gandhi often painting him as an immature leader. Many have called him Pappu on camera. Responding to the tag, Gandhi in a recent interview said: "I don’t get disturbed by this (Pappu). I appreciate the attacks from my opponents and I learn from them."