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Self-Respecting Indians Slam Ivanka Trump For 'Glorifying' Bihar's 'Cycle Girl' Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Daughter of US President Donald Trump, Ivanka's tweet on Jyoti Kumari's cycling feat during the coronavirus lockdown has earned more brickbats than bouquets

Self-Respecting Indians Slam Ivanka Trump For 'Glorifying' Bihar's 'Cycle Girl' Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
People were stunned to learn about the plight, as well as courage displayed by Jyoti Kumari. Courtesy: Twitter

The news of a 15-year-old girl Jyoti Kumari taking her injured father to home in Bihar's Darbhanga -- 1,200 km from Gurugram --  on a bicycle during the coronavirus lockdown, has impressed US President Donald Trump's daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump.

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Praising Jyoti, Ivanka on Friday shared the news on Twitter and wrote the "beautiful feat of endurance and love has captured the imagination of the Indian people and the cycling federation".

But, her tweet failed to impressed self-respecting Indians, who slammed her for "glorifying" the "horrific experience" of a teenager.

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah and Congress MP Karti Chidambaram also joined their fellow Indians to chide Ivanka.

Replying to Ivanka's tweet, Abdullah wrote: "Her poverty and desperation are being glorified as if Jyoti rode 1,200 km for the thrill of it. Government failed her, that's hardly something to trumpet as an achievement."

Chidambaram, tagging Indian Prime Minister Narender Modi and Bhartiya Janata Party, wrote: "This is not a feat of excellence. It’s a feat fuelled by desperation caused due to the callous attitude of the @BJP4India government headed your “friend” and “host” @narendramodi".

Here are some more reactions:

Jyoti and her father lived in Gurugram in Haryana. Her father Mohan Paswan was injured in an accident during the lockdown, leaving him unable to go home. Following this, on May 10, Jyoti left along with her father from Gurugram on a bicycle for Darbhanga. She arrived home on May 16.

People were stunned to learn about the plight, as well as courage displayed by Jyoti.

Earlier, the Cycling Federation of India (CFI) said that it will invite Kumari, a class eight student, for a trial next month.

CFI chairman Onkar Singh told PTI that if Kumari passed the trial, she will be selected as a trainee at the state-of-the-art National Cycling Academy at the IGI Stadium complex in Delhi.

"We spoke to the girl this morning and we have told her that she will be called to Delhi next month as soon as the lockdown is lifted. All the expenses of her travel, lodging and other will be borne by us," Singh said.

"If she needs to accompany somebody from home, we will also allow that. We will see in consultation with our Bihar state unit on how she can be brought to Delhi for a trial," he added.

The buzz is a reminder of the hype that Kambala racer Srinivasa Gowda generated with a sensational run in a local race, which prompted comparisons with Usain Bolt in social media and an invitation from sports minister Kiren Rijiju to appear for trials.

Gowda, however, declined the offer, acknowledging the difference between his craft and competitive running at the highest level.

(With inputs from agencies)

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