History of communal hatred on new Tripura governor's Twitter timeline
BJP leader and new Tripura governor Tathagata Roy is an active man on Twitter: he has more than 14,000 followers. But being popular, unfortunately, doesn't guarantee sensitivity.india Updated: May 14, 2015 18:37 IST
Tathagata Roy, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Tripura governor, is an active man on Twitter: he has more than 14,000 followers. But being popular, unfortunately, does not mean being sensitive.
The leader tweeted on Wednesday that as he takes up his new responsibility as a governor, there will be "no more political tweets".
Thanks to all twipple who congratulated me. Please appreciate that I can't reply individually. And,alas,no more political tweets— Tathagata Roy (@tathagata2) May 13, 2015
To understand what Roy must have meant by 'political tweets', we need to dig a bit deep - his 'political' tweets were not limited to the criticism of the Left and the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal, or highlighting the good work by of his party in the state and the country.
Roy's tweets have been accused of being communal and promoting hatred between communities.
Overwhelming Hindu majority is ESSENTIAL to maintain a multi-religious society & secular state. But West Bengal is slipping— Tathagata Roy (@tathagata2) December 17, 2014
Roy appreciated the 2002 Gujarat riots, spread apprehensions about Love Jihad, and even hinted at an 'Islamic takeover' of West Bengal on Twitter. A number of his tweets also talk about the plight of Bengali Hindus in Bangladesh and alludes to the hypocrisy of the political class while dealing with cases of violence on Hindus.
The tweet for which Roy drew most flak was the one in which, commenting on the 'fighting back' nature of Hindus, he wrote, "One exception was Gujarat, 2002. I'm glad you appreciate what the Hindus did then."
But that's just the tip of the iceberg on his Twitter timeline.
For example, in the following two tweets Roy alleges Hindus were under attack from Muslims and risk being "annihilated".
"Attack by Muslims on Hindus at Ghazipur, Bangladesh. Attack by Muslims on Hindus at Mallikpur, W Bengal, India. What awaits us Bengali Hindus?" he tweeted.
Attack by Muslims on Hindus at Ghazipur,Bangladesh. Attack by Muslims on Hindus at Mallikpur,W Bengal,India. What awaits us Bengali Hindus?— Tathagata Roy (@tathagata2) April 23, 2015
"Hindus of West Bengal: either chuck yr 'secular', 'politically correct' values and polarise. Or prepare to be either annihilated or converted."
Hindus of West Bengal: either chuck yr 'secular','politically correct' values and polarise. Or prepare to be either annihilated or converted— Tathagata Roy (@tathagata2) April 23, 2015
As India debated the much-talked about 'Love Jihad' and forced conversions, Roy congratulated the BJP's Uttar Pradesh unit for highlighting it.
"Congrats UP BJP fr bringing issue of Love Jihad to the fore. We in West Bengal must perhaps do the same to save hapless gullible Hindu girls," tweeted Roy.
Congrats UP BJP fr bringing issue of Love Jihad to the fore. We in West Bengal must perhaps do the same to save hapless gullible Hindu girls— Tathagata Roy (@tathagata2) August 24, 2014
Hindu right-wing proponents allege 'Love Jihad' is a conspiracy by Muslim men to expand their community by pretending to be Hindus and tricking Hindu women into marrying them.
In response to another conversation on Twitter regarding illegal migration from Bangladesh into India, Roy had responded:
"Refugees must be given refuge. Almost all Muslims (expt Qadianis and ppl like @taslimanasreen) are infiltrator."
In another post And Roy's 'political views' are not limited to his Twitter profile only.
On his blog too he has written extensively on the threats of Islamic fundamentalism, exodus of Kashmiri Pandits and the 'misdeeds of Mohandas Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru'.
On the supposed rise of Islamic fundamentalism in West Bengal, Roy wrote:
"To my mind the Muslim fundamentalists in this state are testing the waters. As soon as they have dominated an area their design is to make it unlivable for Hindus. Mamata's encouragement to this, with her tongue hanging out for Muslim votes, is helping matters… 30-40 years from now Bengali Hindus will have to start packing their bags from this state-just their great-grandfathers had to, from erstwhile East Pakistan and Bangladesh."
In a post on the growth of Muslim localities in West Bengal, Roy wrote:
"Then a butcher shop selling beef is opened there. The sight of the carcasses and the yellowed fat glistening on the bodies of what used to be pavitra gomata disturb the Hindus. The smell of beef being cooked wafts all over the locality and enters the nostrils of Hindus. Young Muslim men, in lungis and banyans, or Black pyjama suits strut about, on foot and motorcycles. Occasionally they look at nubile Hindu girls, smile lewdly and sometimes scratch their privates. The Hindus, especially the fathers and brothers of the girls, are upset. But being Hindus, they grumble and do nothing else."
A changed man now
Regarding his tweets, Roy told reporters that he was a changed man now, moving beyond politics now.
"Until the President of India appointed me governor, I am every inch a politician and, therefore, entitled to my political views. If those hurt someone's idea of political correctness or political hypocrisy, I am sorry. But I am not that same person anymore. I am beyond politics now," he told the Indian Express.
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