Newly sworn-in Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced earlier this week that the controversial metro shed will be shifted back to Aarey Colony in Mumbai. Reacting to the news, Raveena Tandon reiterated her earlier stand that the wildlife and flora and fauna of the area should be protected at all costs. However, her tweet drew criticism. One person called Raveena Tandon “shy” for seeming to disagree with the decision to shift the shed to a forest area after it was moved by the Uddhav Thackeray government.
“Does elite @deespeak @TandonRaveena @zoru75 know the struggle of middle class Mumbaikars?” the person asked her. In response, Raveena wrote, “Until 1991, I used to travel like this. And being a girl was also physically harassed by nameless trolls like you. Before I started working, I saw success and got my first car. Troll her. Nagpur ke ho, hara bhara hai aap ka city. Happy. Don’t begrudge anyone their success or earnings.”
I traveled this way until 1991. And as a girl I was also physically harassed by nameless trolls like you. Before I started working, I was successful and earned my first car. Troll her. Nagpur ke ho,hara bhara hai aap ka city.lucky. No one will envy his success or earnings 🙏🏻 https://t.co/NW5pjEihtK
— Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) July 2, 2022
In a series of tweets, she added, “Everyone’s life is not a bed of roses @SunainaHoley ji. Everyone was trying to get somewhere. You must also have a house/car. The day heat waves/floods/natural disasters hit, the common man will be affected first. The elitists are the first to flee to their Swiss chalet. All developments are welcome @SunainaHoley ji, everyone is praying that more is done to offset environmental losses/ protect wildlife. Today, India boasts of an increase in tiger numbers, but due to the loss of forests on roads and railways, the number of leopards and tigers is increasing. I am sure @SunainaHoley ji that our government will do everything to see the interest, safety and comfort of all and take the right decisions and measures. We hope for a bright future for all our children, yours, mine, everyone, this planet.
Soon, another Twitter user posted a video of a local train and asked Raveena when was the last time she traveled on a local train. In response, Raveena replied that she traveled in buses and trains growing up and was molested. “Teens, I traveled by locals/buses, got teased, pinched, everything most women go through, got my first car in 92. Development is welcome, we have to be responsible, not only for the project, but wherever we are cutting down forests , to protect the environment/wildlife,” she wrote.
A few years back, Raveena and several other Bollywood celebrities had opposed the cutting down of hundreds of trees in Mumbai’s Aarey Colony for a metro project.