Viren asks what Suhel Seth was doing in a sports panel.
Former India hockey captain Viren Rasquinha was taken aback this Sunday at the Times Lit Fest in Mumbai when his presence on the sports panel of the event was questioned by socialite Suhel Seth.
Olympic Gold Quest’s Chief Operations Officer, Rasquinha drew attention to Seth’s obvious ignorance and arrogance by posting a series of tweets on his Twitter handle, after the embarrassing incident took place. The 34 year old Viren also called out the fest’s director Bachchi Karkaria, calling her “condescending”.
“Had an excellent session @TimesLitFest on the next big thing in sports. And an unfortunate encounter with an obnoxious Suhel Seth. As my session ended, Suhel Seth comes on stage and says ‘don’t know what that bald guy was doing on a panel on sport, whats (sic) he done’.”
“It’s so disappointing when I am invited by the Times Lit fest to speak and get dissed on stage by a guy who doesn’t even know who I am. Even more disappointing to have the times lit fest director Bachchi Karkaria, behave condescendingly.
“What’s with these cosy clubs? I really do wonder though how Suhel Seth holds forth on everything under the sun and what exactly is his domain expertise.”
Shortly after, Sunil Seth also took to Twitter to apologise for the encounter.
“@TimesLitFest I am deeply sorry that I didn’t know who VIREN was and he has been a stellar sportsman and served Indian Hockey admirably!”
For those of you who still don’t know who Viren Rasquinha is, besides being a former Captain of the Indian national hockey team, Viren was conferred the Arjuna Award in 2005, was part of the Indian team that won the 2002 Asian Games silver medal, was a member of India’s Athens Olympics’ hockey team and also won the gold medal at the 2001 Junior World Cup, the 2003 Asia Cup and the 2003 Afro-Asia Games.
Is that good enough for you, Mr. Seth?