Neera Yadav, Jharkhand's Education Minister, has become the butt of jokes on social media for paying floral tributes to a former Indian President who is still alive.
During a function at a school in Koderma in Ranchi's Hazaribagh district, Yadav was spotted garlanding the photo of APJ Abdul Kalam.
It has to be noted that, according to Hindu tradition, garlanding a person's photo as a mark of respect implies the person is dead.
After the photos of the minister 'paying homage' to Kalam were shared by people on social media, Yadav has been attacked by Twitterati for her colossal ingorance. The news was also carried by Prabhat Khabar newspaper.
Other than Yadav, the presence of Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Manish Jaiswal, the school's principal Umesh Prasad and many others at the event and their ignorance has also been criticised by social media users.
However, in response to the blooper, the minister has reportedly claimed there isn't anything wrong in garlanding photos of great leaders, as it is a way of paying respect to them.
Check out some online reactions below:
— Nistula Hebbar (@nistula) July 22, 2015
BJP's Education Minister in Jharkhand paid tributes to Ex President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, this is their education! pic.twitter.com/tyvgxTibUt
— रचित सेठ (@rachitseth) July 22, 2015
SHAME! on jharkhand education Minster, Dr.Neera yadav,, its really shocking, pic.twitter.com/p5mQSSBkiA
— Amish Kumar (@1c2800d4853641d) July 22, 2015