You're Nasty: Tennis Legend Martina Navratilova Runs Into Indian Twitter

23/02/2016 12:32 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2012 file photo, former tennis player Martina Navratilova, arrives for the Laureus World Sports Awards in London. Navratilova will be among the 12 celebrity contestants on the next season of the ABC dancing competition, premiering March 19. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, file)

Tennis icon Martina Navratilova got a taste of being on the wrong side of India's 'right' on Twitter yesterday. However, she responded with spunk and logic when BJP's fans tried to accuse her of being a meddlesome outsider.

Yesterday, Navratilova tweeted out a link to an New York Times op-ed on the JNU standoff. The op-ed has been written by Indian columnist Nilanjana S Roy.

As expected, BJP followers and fans of the Narendra Modi government didn't take too kindly to a 'foreign' tennis star commenting on India's issues, that too in agreement with criticism against the present government.

So a slew of comments asking her to mind her business and focus on her own country followed.

Some asked her to mind the businesses of countries other than hers, as long as it was not India she was talking about. (Or perhaps they didn't know which country she belongs to.)

However, Navratilova engaged with most commenters on her timeline with patience, grace, wisdom and logic. She explained why slogan-chanting is not anti-national, admitted to the lapses in American's own political narrative and resolutely batted for free speech. Here are some of her responses.

And when the tweets defied both reason and decency, the tennis legend had the perfect answer.

The last international tennis star, who had gotten a taste of India's Twitter nationalism a while back, was Maria Sharapova. Back then, her admission that she didn't know who Sachin Tendulkar is, earned her a lot of grief on social media. Navratilova here sums up what Sharapova must have felt about Indian Twitter trolls - 'nasty' it is.

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