Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Pravin Togadia is facing severe criticism for allegedly delivering a hate speech against Muslims in Bhavnagar, Gujarat. As per reports, he said that Muslims should be stopped from buying property in Hindu-majority areas.
Even as the Election Commission seeks the footage of the supposed 'hate speech', Bollywood celebs spoke out against divisive politics.
Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar shared a story on Togadia saying, "If moron was a country, here's the president".
If Moron was a country, here's its President. http://t.co/BZ39d2ZQEV— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) April 21, 2014
Writer Shobha De wrote on Twitter, "Pravin Togadia, you are a disgrace to modern India. We give YOU 48 hours to withdraw hate comments and take back open threats."
MTV Roadies host Raghuram tweeted his anger saying, "Seriously disturbing to find some ppl agreeing with togadia. BJP-RSS-VHP communal hate appeals to them."
Seriously disturbing to find some ppl agreeing with togadia. BJP-RSS-VHP's communal hate appeals to them. #NaMorons— raghu ram (@tweetfromRaghu) April 21, 2014
VJ Nikhil Chinnappa wrote, "Heil Togadia. Today it evict Muslims and then? Parsis, Sikhs, Jains, Christians and Jews? Excuse me while I go shopping for jackboots."
Filmmaker Rajat Kapoor's tweet had a taste of satire. He wrote, "Togadia for PM - Come on, we al want a man of action..!"
Togadia for PM- come on, we all want a man of action.. !— Rajat Kapoor (@mrrajatkapoor) April 21, 2014
Actor Richa Chaddha wrote. "The British did it to us, ruled and impoverished us for 200 years. And our disgusting politicians are at it again. DIVIDE AND RULE!"
The British did it to us,ruled and impoverished us for 200years. And our disgusting politicians are at it again.DIVIDE AND RULE!— Richa Chadha (@RichaChadda) April 21, 2014
Actor Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub, best known for his role as Murari in Raanjhana, was among the most vocal critics. Venting his anger on Facebook, he said, "Togadia is a seller of hatred and every religion has such sellers. What surprises me is the fact that they get buyers! A normal Hindu does not have any such insecurities about his religion," he wrote.
Founder of Art of Living, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, wrote on Facebook, "When India has so many challenges, it is unfortunate that we still have people with medieval mindset. Indians are intelligent, they won't buy into these nonsensical provocations. #Togadia #GirirajSingh."