On Wednesday, the BJP President Amit Shah informed his followers on twitter that he is suffering from swine flu. Shortly after, reports emerged that he has been moved to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi for treatment. Just as the news broke, wishes for his speedy recovery started pouring in from various corners of the country. However not everyone were decent enough. There were some, who pretty shockingly, appeared delighted with the news of Amit Shah suffering from a serious desease.
What was even more shocking, that many of those who just couldn’t conceal their joy about Amit Shah’s health, were journalists, a profession that demands nothing less than utmost neutrality.
Minutes after the news about Amit Shah suffering from swine flu flashed across the media, Quint journalist, Stutee Mishra took to twitter to ask, whether “people die of swine flu” The tweet, very obviously, did not go down well with sensitive people irrespective of their political or ideological leanings. It also left the institution she works for, the Quint, in an embarrassing position, who were later forced to issue a public apology. “An insensitive tweet by Stuti Mishra, an employee of The Quint has been brought to our notice. The Quint strongly condemns any such statement. Due action will be taken. The entire Quint team wishes BJP President, Shri Amit Shah, a speedy recovery,” the Quint wrote in a tweet.
Stutee however, was not the only one who seemed to be celebrating the ill health of another person. NDTV journalist, Sunetra Choudhary, who has a long history of celebrating when BJP leaders get diagnosed with swine flu, couldn’t refraining herself from expressing joy, this time around either.
Sunetra took to twitter to express her happiness over the news. Soon she was joined by Maya Mirchandani, a former NDTV employee, who is currently with the Wire.
Some self-proclaimed feminists seemed to cross all the limits of human decency and sensitivity.
Meanwhile, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal visited Shah at AIIMS while Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted to pray for his early recovery. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, too, is undergoing treatment at AIIMS over the past couple of days. He has been shifted to ICU and his condition is stable now, reported PTI. Prasad was admitted to the hospital on Monday with complaints of chest congestion.