When 'insensitive' minister Vijay Goel was dubbed 'modern-day Gandhari'

Feb 01, 2017, 07:54 IST | mid-day online correspondent

Vijay Goel
Vijay Goel

Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel has made it a habit to get roasted on social media for his goof-ups. From his 'pushy and rude' entourage had misbehaved with the Olympic 2016 organisers and flouted rules to mis-spelling Dipa Karmakar's name to taking sports tips from actor Suniel Shetty, the minister has been awarded a gold medal for his 'goof-up marathon' by Twitterati.

The Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports has once again landed in a fresh controversy after he blindfolded himself and swung a cricket bat with other officials present during an event to inaugurate the second Twenty20 World Cup for the Blind in New Delhi recently.

The Press Information Bureau released the photograph, and Twitterati got into the act.

Trolls targetted him for being insensitive towards the visually challenged. Some Twitterati even dubbed him a ‘Modern day Gandhari’ (Gandhari was the mother of the Kauravas in the epic Mahabharat, who despite being sighted had spent her life as a visually impaired after blindfolding herself as her husband, King Dhritarashtra, was blind.)

Goel, who inaugurated the 2nd T20 World Cup Championship for the Blind on Sunday, tried to explain his actions. He said that he had been requested by the organisers to play blindfolded as an encouragement to the visually impaired players. He even tweeted a poster of the event which featured prominent cricket players – Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir, Ashish Nehra, Ajinkya Rahane, KL Rahul and Umesh Yadav – all blindfolded. But to no avail.

The trigger-happy Twitterati didn't want any explanation, they only wanted blood (metaphorically speaking).

This is what they had to say:

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