Released after nearly eight months of detention, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah seemed to be out to make a point on social media on Tuesday. After posting a series of tweets in which he thanked those who stood by him during the period and also cheekily offered quarantine tips amid widespread coronavirus lockdown, Abdullah has now modified his Twitter bio. It now starts with describing the leader as a "former PSA political detinue".
For those of you wondering if Abdullah did a Shashi Tharoor, detinue refers to the "crime of wrongful detention of goods or personal possessions".
The modified bio, which now reads, 'Former PSA Political detinue, former CM of J&K state, former Union Minister, former MP, former MLA. Vice President JKNC’, went viral on Twitter with many sharing it on their timelines.
Some ridiculed the number of times the word "former" was used in the bio.
Hmmm, kaafi "formers" in the bio there. #omarabdullah pic.twitter.com/mxZOz1VJfB — Samiya Latief (@Samiyalatief) March 24, 2020
@OmarAbdullah bio is worth reading.#omarabdullah pic.twitter.com/X8Q0xacsA1 — Bhartendu Sharma (@Bhartendulkar) March 24, 2020
Others found it "interesting".
However, some remained unimpressed by the move.
Omar Abdullah adds "Former political PSA detinue " in his Twitter bio as he walks out from detention centre.He thinks he has done something extraordinary.Lemme remind him that there r thousands of young boys languishing in different jails under this draconian law.#omarabdullah — Faizan bukhari (@Faizanbukharii) March 24, 2020
When you are trying to gain sympathy .. Omar Abdullah changed his bio pic.twitter.com/qgqRtuw53L — Iqbal Manzoor (@IqbalManzoor16) March 24, 2020
Check his Twitter bio . He says " Former PSA detinue ". As if he is only one to go through this . Lmao ! — Faizan bukhari (@Faizanbukharii) March 24, 2020
Abdullah, who was detained in Srinagar under the Public Safety Act for eight months, tweeted about having lunch with his family and about finding the world a changed place after his release. The leader had been detained after the government of India abrogated Article 370 on August 5. Four other leaders including Haji Abdul Rasheed, Nazir Ahmed Gurezi, Mohammad Abbas Wani and former minister Abdul Haq Khan were also released from detention recently.