#MeToo hurricane at Modi govt's doorstep; MJ Akbar put in dock by journalist Priya Ramani

New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Oct 9: Now the #MeToo Tsunami has reached the door-steps of the Modi government as veteran journalist and also a minister with a prestigious portfolio. Two senior scribes have come up with allegations against Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs MJ Akbar.Senior Journalist Priya Ramani, while writing in the Vogue Magazine in October last year had mentioned about a meeting with then editor MJ Akbar at a hotel in Mumbai. The senior editor had made inappropriate advances, wrote Ramani.“I escaped that night, you hired me, I worked for you for many months even though I swore I would never be in a room with you alone,” Ramani wrote her magazine piece.And now in October 2018, the allegations against Akbar have surfaced all over again.“The right-wing trolls who suddenly turned feminists when it came to criticising sexual transgressions from men in liberal media are conspicuously silent on MJ Akbar,” tweeted Abhishek Baxi, a journalist and a contributor at Forbes Magazine.

Baxi’s tweet was picked up by another senior journalist, Rohini Singh, who went a step further and accused another “top cabinet” minister of inappropriate conduct towards women in the past.“Not just MJ Akbar. A top cabinet minister indulges in such inappropriate talk about clothes women journalists wear. But he won’t be outed for obvious reasons!” Singh wrote on Twitter. Comedians Tanmay Bhat and Gursimran Khamba on Monday "stepped away" from AIB amid the sexual harassment allegations surrounding the comedy collective's members.This comes after a slew of sexual assault allegations surfaced on social media against the members of the comedy group, and some accused Tanmay of not acting on complaints against Utsav Chakraborty."We have been closely monitoring the sequence of events on social media around the allegations against AIB and also against our co-founder and CEO Tanmay Bhat. We cannot overlook Tanmay's role and in light of this he will be stepping away from his association with AIB until further notice," read a statement from Vidhi Jotwani, AIB's Head of Human Resources.

In another episode, Senior journalist and political editor of Hindustan Times, Prashant Jha, earlier in the day tendered his resignation after a woman lawyer accused him of sending inappropriate messages on Whatsapp.After a long wait nana Patekar did speak about Tanushree Dutta's allegation only to say that 10 years back it was a lie and even 10 years after in continues to be a lie.