MUMBAI: Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar on Monday said she is not upset that Congress leader Shashi Tharoor referred to her as "chillar", which means small change.
Manushi, a medical student from Haryana, won the title in China, ending 16 years of drought for India at the international beauty pageant.
After her victory, Tharoor had tweeted: "What a mistake to demonetise our currency! BJP should have realised that Indian cash dominates the globe: look, even our Chhillar has become Miss World!"
This post didn't go down too well with some social media users who pointed out there is a difference between Manushi's surname "Chhillar" and the word "Chillar" - in spelling and meaning.
Exactly @vineetjaintimes agree with you on this. A girl who has just won the World isn’t going to be upset over a tongue-in-cheek remark. ‘Chillar’ talk is just small change - let’s not forget the ‘chill’ within Chhillar @ShashiTharoor https://t.co/L5gqMf8hfi— Manushi Chhillar (@ManushiChhillar) November 20, 2017
Later, Tharoor took to his social media pages and asked people to chill.
You're a class act, @ManushiChhillar! Beautiful, smart & uncommonly gracious too. Still, if any offence was caused to any member of your family, sincere apologies. Like every Indian, I'm proud of you. https://t.co/42wdOqV0wZ— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) November 20, 2017
"Guess the pun is the lowest form of humour, and the bilingual pun lower still! Apologies to the many who seem to have been righteously offended by a light-hearted tweet today. Certainly no offence was meant to a bright young girl whose answer I've separately praised. Please: Chill!"
Manushi's reaction on the issue came on Monday in response to a post by Jain of Times Group, organisers of the Miss India contest.
"I saw Shashi Tharoor's tweet regarding Manushi Chhillar. I wasn't offended even though she is a Times girl. We need to learn to be more tolerant towards light-hearted humour."
Manushi is the sixth Indian to win the Miss World pageant after Priyanka Chopra brought the crown in 2000.