“Not Mrs. Milind Soman”: Ankita Konwar responded to her tweet about racism after Mirabai Chanu won the Olympics
Ankita Konwar corrected Twitter users who were calling her Mrs. Milind Soman. After weightlifter Mirabai Chanu won a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday morning, the fitness enthusiast raised awareness of racism in India.
Taking to Twitter, Ankita Konwar had tweeted, “If you’re from Northeast India, you can become an Indian ONLY when you win a medal for the country. Otherwise, we are known as ‘chinky’ ‘Chinese’ ‘Nepali’ or a new addition ‘corona’. India is not just infested with casteism but racism too. Speaking from my experience. #Hypocrites.
This tweet received mixed reactions from her followers. One user said, “Not sure if I should like this message as I am ashamed of this fact, discrimination is part of our culture,” to which Ankita said, “Realising it actually covers the basics.” “Yes in general, you are right. But there are a lot of us here who think everyone from Nagaland to Mumbai & from Kashmir to Kanyakumari is a proud Indian irrespective of their religion, caste & color. Cheers,” another user said. “And that’s how we become a country! (heart emoji).”
However, one user was disappointed with Ankita’s tweets. The man tweeted, “Very negative approach…….. at least not expected from Mrs. Milind.” Ankita responded, “I’m Ankita Konwar.”
Milind and Ankita got married in Mumbai in 2018. The couple celebrated their third wedding anniversary in April. Sharing a picture of them together, Milind had captioned the post, “3 years!!! Happy anniversary @ankita_earthy Still seems like yesterday this is the smile that warms my heart, this is the sweetheart that makes me smile…”