The Indian badminton team etched their name in history after they defeated 14-time champions Indonesia by 3-0 and lifted the Thomas Cup 2022.
The team that never qualified for the finals of the Thomas Cup in 73 years got roaring applause from people online for their victory.
Historic moment for Indian Badminton! Congratulations #TeamIndia 🇮🇳
— Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) May 15, 2022
Historic moment for all Indians! 🏸👏🏻
What a day for Indian Badminton.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 15, 2022
However, among these lauds was a tweet by an IAS officer which sounds tone-deaf and allegedly demeaning. IAS officer Somesh Upadhyay tweeted a picture of an anti-mosquito racquet after the Indian team’s victory and wrote:
“Indonesians are surprised how Indians got better at badminton than them.”
Indonesian are surprised how Indians got better at badminton than them. pic.twitter.com/rW01DMXyjN
— Somesh Upadhyay, IAS (@Somesh_IAS) May 15, 2022
Even if his tweet was intended in good humor, people online didn’t like it at all. The bureaucrat who also calls himself a ‘sports enthusiast’ was bashed for his ‘disrespectful’ and ‘cheap’ remark against the Indian sportsmen.
This is how people reacted:
— Aashirwad Gupta ☔ (@GuptaAashirwad) May 16, 2022
This is absolutely in bad taste and insulting the hard work of our Badminton players. Coming from a civil servant that too
— Anubrata Choudhury 🇮🇳 (@anubratach) May 16, 2022
Bad tweet… humour should be acceptable only to a certain limit
— Amit Ray (@Iamamitray) May 16, 2022
No wonder IAS officers have become a joke in this country. https://t.co/oKdHHmZpHP
— Manoj Gupta 🇮🇳 (@oemanoj) May 17, 2022
— Rishabh (@analyst_ris) May 17, 2022
This is that thin line of difference between knowledge and wisdom… https://t.co/px7fE0bfs8
— Komal (@thekomalchauhan) May 17, 2022
Joke..not in good taste https://t.co/BiGJRs1cOF
— sanjeev (@hailsanjeev) May 17, 2022
Again shows why sports in India has lacked due to such third grade officers who mock achievements. https://t.co/WQbozL4K70
— . (@whatisthisyk1) May 17, 2022
Disgusting! Utter disrespect and lack of appreciation for those who invested blood and sweat to achieve such heights.
— Setting Straight (@SettingStr8) May 17, 2022
You know, it isn't mandatory to tweet every WhatsApp forward. Maybe it's a middle-aged bureaucrat thing… https://t.co/UL1QYGioh6
— Abhimanyu Mathur (@MadCrazyHatter_) May 16, 2022
Absolute trash captions like this doesn't suits at all a IAS tag verified person. If you don't know the right place and right timing of sarcasm then better not to even try it also and keep away from posting such illogics. https://t.co/b9cbIkplty
— KC🇮🇳 (@ThisIsKunaljit) May 16, 2022
His tweet definitely comes across as negligent and distasteful. What do you think?