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Smriti Irani has a sense of humour, but no one is laughing

Amrutha Pagad
Amrutha PagadDec 21, 2021 | 18:48

Smriti Irani has a sense of humour, but no one is laughing

Almost all of us remember being slapped by our parents, many of us might joke about it as adults too. But many of us too – including the parents – perhaps wonder if things could have been done differently.

Union Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani thought a message shared by her mother on modern vs old parenting style was funny. But not everyone found it as hilarious.

smriti-insta-1_122221031509.jpgInstagram post by Smriti Irani. Photo: smritiiraniofficial/Instagram

Irani has since deleted this post. The Union minister joked about the parenting during her childhood, saying that one slap by her mother would set her 'chakra, karma, aura', and everything else straight. What was her dig at? - Modern parenting involving the help of professionals like child psychiatrists and psychologists; or in other words, professionally dealing with mental health.

Some netizens agreed with Smriti Irani and also shared the role played by 'Bata chappals'. 

capture-5-1_122121054038.jpgComments on Smriti Irani's Instagram post. Photo: @ smritiiraniofficial/Instagram

And the Union minister also agreed that the slap-style parenting of the 80s and 90s kids made them more disciplined. In other words, Irani said she seconded this type of parenting.

untitled-2_122121053829.jpgSmriti Irani agrees with a netizen over the old parenting style. Photo: @ smritiiraniofficial/Instagram

Others did not find it as hilarious.

Some hit out at Smriti Irani for endorsing and normalising child abuse being the Union Minister for Women and Child Development. Others fumed at her for ridiculing seeking professional help for mental health issues, by comparing professional therapy to slap-style parenting.

Then there were also others who said that perhaps Irani was not slapped tight enough by her mother for her to be making such comments. And yet others said that Irani was making such remarks in her position because she never made it to therapy.

Smriti Irani put out another Instagram post after receiving the backlash, saying that it was in jest. Of course, netizens did not buy into what they called an ‘excuse’. This post also stands deleted now. 

Several surveys and studies have shown that Indian parents find it perfectly okay to physically hit their children, in order to discipline them. A UNICEF report in 2020 listed 30 ways Indian parents ‘abused’ their children physically, verbally, and emotionally.

Other reports have demonstrated earlier how parental abuse negatively impacts a child – from their brain development to long-term consequences.

What do you think of Smriti Irani's post?

Last updated: December 22, 2021 | 15:17
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