After 1 year of cold, has Ira Trivedi and Centre patched up?

New Delhi, Jun 22 (IANS): One year seems to be a long time to forgive and forget. Yoga host and granddaughter of top Congress man of yesteryears -- Ira Trivedi seems to have been rehabilitated by the Narendra Modi government, a year after the national broadcaster Doordarshan blacklisted her for her vocal opposition to beef ban and her alleged statements that were construed as disparaging for one community.

But after a year in the cold, Trivedi held a webinar on Monday morning at 11 a.m., facilitated by the Ministry of Tourism, notwithstanding social media outrage.

However, that too didn't go down well with many trolling the Tourism Minister Prahlad Patel himself, which prompted 'Incredible India' to delete a tweet that read: "Our renowned Yoga Guru Ms Ira Trivedi in this webinar will cover breathing techniques and yoga asanas to strengthen immunity and respiratory strength."

It also gave a link to register for the webinar which took place as scheduled. The webinar was hosted by one Rangarajan Parthasarthy, whose social media account says he works with the Union Tourism ministry.

In fact, that's not all. She was also named in a Ministry of Culture panel discussion with two union ministers -- Culture Minister Prahlad Patel and Shripad Naik who heads the AYUSH ministry, on June 20, between 6.30 and 8.30 p.m.

So, what changed in the last one year?

Government insiders say, her unequivocal apology may have been considered. After her vocal opposition to beef ban, a sensitive issue for many and past comments where Hinduism was called to be "regressive" by her, she clarified she herself was a vegetarian.

But what may have worked for Trivedi, after a year Doordarshan took all her previous shows off record may be her unequivocal apology last year where she tried to undo the damage.

She said, "I also deeply cherish, respect and live by Hindu Dharma, please ignore any screenshots of tweets that may have been taken out of context. I respect all religions and texts, but Hinduism is at the heart of my practice."

However, even if the current government has stated to rehabilitate her, social media is an unsparing space, that even forced a government handle to delete a tweet promoting her webinar.

She not only called those who batted for the ban on consumption of beef as "dumbo" but also alleged, "modern day hinduism is deeply regressive".

Last year, then Chief Executive of Prasar Bharti, Shashi Shekhar had to publicly step in following which an internal advisory was issued to take all her shows off air, from all languages of DD. However, with a year gone by, that seems to be a matter of the past for both Ira Trivedi and the Modi government.

Speaking to IANS, Trivedi clarified: "There is no government unhappiness whatsoever... It is completely a thing of the past."



Title : After 1 year of cold, has Ira Trivedi and Centre patched up?


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