Indian Foreign Minister Trolled on Twitter by Fellow Countrymen

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was trolled over Social Media Twitter by a targeted group of fellow countrymen who were unhappy on alleged humiliation of an interfaith couple by a Passport Officer in capital of India's Northern State,Uttar Pradesh. Media reports in India suggests that a Hindu wife along with her Muslim husband  went up to said Passport Officer to get bothe of their passport renewed when the incident happened. They complained to Ministry of External Affairs in Delhi that the Passport Officer Vikas Mmishra not only humilaited them but even asked to change the Muslim husband in to Hinduism and also angered on him for marrying a Hindu girl. Ministry of External Affairs in India soon steped in and transfered the said Passport Officer to another neighboring town of Gorakhpur in same state.

Then started the trolling as the TV Media started beaming in bytes and visuals of couples in trouble. The instant news triggered Twitter followers of Sushma Swaraj to pinpoint her to the extent of abusing.This continued for days. TV News media in India who had broken this story remained silent on language and abuses of Twitter followers and some news men even smelled Prime Minister office's hatched plan in this whole issue.

Sushma her self came out and spoke about issue days after

richa anirudh@richaanirudh

Shameful is a small word... More power to you @SushmaSwaraj ji and respect for you has gone up many times. Wish we could have even half of your grace and dignity. Please stay as calm and strong as you can be

Sushma Swaraj@SushmaSwaraj

I was out of India from 17th to 23rd June 2018. I do not know what happened in my absence. However, I am honoured with some tweets. I am sharing them with you. So I have liked them.

5:42 PM - Jul 1, 2018

She even went up to the extent of releasing a poll to get opinion of public.

Sushma Swaraj@SushmaSwaraj

Friends : I have liked some tweets. This is happening for the last few days. Do you approve of such tweets ? Please RT

10:49 PM - Jun 30, 2018



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In a very decent way she condemned language used by her followers 

Sushma Swaraj@SushmaSwaraj

लोकतंत्र में मतभिन्नता स्वाभाविक है. आलोचना अवश्य करो. लेकिन अभद्र भाषा में नहीं. सभ्य भाषा में की गयी आलोचना ज़्यादा असरदार होती है.

11:14 PM - Jul 1, 2018

But when one of the follower challenged her to dare to block her she even took that step to by blocking that fan immediately. 

Sushma Swaraj✔@SushmaSwaraj

Intezaar kyon ? Lijiye block kr diya.

Sonam Mahajan✔@AsYouNotWish

Yeh good governance dene aaye the. Yeh lo bhai, achhe din aa gaye hain. @SushmaSwaraj ji, I was once a fan and fought against those who abused you, ab aap please, mujhe bhi block kar ke, inaam dijiye. Intezaar rahegaa. ;…

9:29 AM - Jul 3, 2018

When I Asked whether the Ministry of External Affairs is contemplating taking any action against the trolls,

Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar had said, "The EAM (External Affairs Minister) has responded to those

malicious tweets and the trolling which she was subjected to in her own way and in a manner which she deemed

fit. I don't think I have anything further to add on that."

.On Thursday evening MEA gave detailed report on whole issue-

On issue of the passport of Ms Tanvi Seth:

In the last couple of weeks, a lot of misinformation has been going around in the matter related to the issue of passport to Ms. Tanvi Seth. Let me take you through the case step by step in a factual manner as there is a need to separate facts from fiction.

  • Ms. Tanvi Seth submitted her passport application at PSK Lucknow on 20 June

  • Passport was issued to Ms. Seth after careful examination of the documents submitted and following due process as per the Passport Act.

  • Since the passport was issued on a post-PV basis, a police verification was carried out. The PV report sent to RPO Lucknow was to be based on a decision taken in December 2017 that PV will be undertaken only on two points – whether the applicant is a citizen of India and whether the applicant has any criminal case pending against him or her. These two aspects were converted in to a six point PV form. This decision was communicated to the DGPs of all states and UTs to implement the PV norms from 1 June 2018.

  • In the Tanvi Seth case, there was no adverse report on all six points mentioned in the revised form. The police officer doing the verification added two comments on his own based on which the PV report was put under adverse category.

  • The first point says that the name of the applicant in the passport form is Tanvi Seth while in her marriage certificate her name is Sadia Anas, and the second was a discrepancy in her address on the ground that her rental address in NOIDA is not mentioned in the PP form by the applicant.

  • I will clarify these two points. On the marriage certificate, under the revised passport application rules, there is no requirement for submission of a marriage certificate at the time of application of passport. Therefore, the name in the marriage certificate is not relevant to the issue of passport.

  • Second, on the address – Tanvi Seth had submitted her Adhaar Card and a joint bank account as a proof for her name and address which was the same as mentioned in the application form. Therefore, the issue of passport to Tanvi Seth was found in order based on the existing rules.

  • I would like to categorically state that all existing norms were followed during the issue of passport to Ms. Tanvi Seth. I hope this clarifies the matter and puts to rest all misinformation in this regard.

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