The Vande Bharat Express, officially launched as India's fastest train so far, was inaugurated on 15th February by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The train can reach a maximum speed of nearly 160km/hour and can contain 1,128 passengers at once. The train's first trip to Varanasi from New Delhi was successful. However, a day after its launch, it broke down on its way back to the capital city, 120 km away from the destination. As per the railway's statement, an 'external hit' caused the trouble.
Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, the chairperson and Managing Director of Biocon Limited, a leading biotechnology company of India, took to Twitter to point the glitch, but it didn't end on a great note. "Reflects poorly on Engineering & quality systems of ICF," she wrote. The Vande Bharat Express is a much ambitious outcome of PM Modi's Make In India initiative and Shaw's analysis didn't go down well with Twitterati.
Shaw has now taken to Twitter to apologise, but the apology clearly is a reluctant one. Neither does she try to keep it discreet.
Not that her apology has satiated her disappointed followers, though!