Indians rally on Twitter using Abba Jaan, a Muslim term for father, after BJP leader's slur

The Twitter trend saw people sharing heart-warming stories of paternal love and benevolence.
The Twitter trend saw people sharing heart-warming stories of paternal love and benevolence.PHOTOS: TWITTER

NEW DELHI - Ms Viji Venkatesh has always referred to her father as Babuji. A Tamil growing up in the 1960s in Delhi, where her father worked as a bureaucrat, she and her family adopted the term - used to refer to a man with respect - instead of appa, the Tamil word for father.

But on Monday, Ms Venkatesh, 70, tweeted a 1950s black-and-white photo of her late Babuji working at his desk and referred to him in another manner - Abba Jaan.

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