Today, 26/11/2018 marks the 10th Anniversary of the ghastly Mumbai attacks which killed over 150 people within a span of 3-4 days.
Tributes have been pouring in all over social media, in solidarity with the people who died, especially for the men in uniform who placed their life in the service of nation and its fellowmen. Amidst all the posts and tweets online, Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy too tweeted about the 26/11 attacks today.
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Unfortunately and in an extremely insensitive tone, he wrote,
“[Today is the] 10th anniversary of the Paki-sponsored slaughter of innocents (except Muslims) at Mumbai. Does anyone remember why we didn’t even downgrade our diplomatic relations with the Pakis (let alone break off such relations and go to war)?”
This tweet was not only factually incorrect, but also infuriated many users who questioned the office of a governor posting such a communal remark openly.
@narendramodi @PMOIndia@rashtrapatibhvn Mr Tathagata Roy governor of Meghalaya doesn't deserve to remain in high constitutional position…making such insensible comments on 26/11..Very very shameful.. such person don't deserve any respect.
— Rupabarna Gupta (@rupabarna14) November 26, 2018
— Clean Politics (@whymeumesh) November 26, 2018
— MA in Entire Pol. Science 🍄 (@Mushroom_Ka_Dad) November 26, 2018
Meghalaya Guv #TathagataRoy tweets "10th anniversary today of the Paki-sponsored slaughter of innocents (except Muslims) at Mumbai, popularly called 26/11…."[sic]
and later deleted it claiming he was 'misinformed'.
This level of garbage can only come out from bigots! pic.twitter.com/CEvoQjm8Mt
— Irony Of India (@IronyOfIndia_) November 26, 2018
After a huge outrage over this highly heartless comment, Roy admitted that he was wrong in posting the same. He later deleted the tweet.
However, he even posted another tweet, which read,
“I was misinformed of the Paki-sponsored killers of 26/11 having spared Muslims. In fact several Muslims were killed. It was a mistake of facts and I am sorry for the same. The relevant tweet has been deleted.”
But this tweet was deleted as well, reasons will be best known to the governor.
Currently, he has shared the below tweet at 2:19pm, stating that,
“The Tweet relating to 26/11 contained a factual mistake. It has been deleted with apologies. No further enquiries please.”
The tweet relating to 26/11 contained a factual mistake. It has been deleted with apologies. No further enquiries please
— Tathagata Roy (@tathagata2) November 26, 2018
Clearly he chooses Not to Spell Out the “Factual Inaccuracy” in his primary tweet nor acknowledges that it was highly irresponsible for him to single out a particular religion in the hour of grief, which was faced by everyone irrespective of their caste, faith or beliefs.
The official Bio of Governor of Meghalaya on Twitter reads as :
Right-wing Hindu socio-political thinker, writer, ideologue. Also Governor, Meghalaya.
This is how social media users replied back to him:
When eyes and brain are blinded by hate, you will tweet like you do.
You having no respect to the Constitution or your post, we the people of India also have no respect to you.
Act responsibly at least considering your age !!
— Jyothi 🌈 (@MrsNair_purple) November 26, 2018
Factual Mistake? That is such a lame excuse. As a citizen of India, I think it was a clear message against the secular nature of India.
— Pradeep പ്രദീപ് प्रदीप பிரதீப் (@Pradeep_tk) November 26, 2018
— #Kahnster ⛔ (@im_afsi) November 26, 2018
Your tweet is unbecoming of a Governor! You are not worthy of that chair! If you have even an ounce of self respect you will resign and go home! Choice is yours!
— COLONELS AMBROSIA (@COLONELAMBROSIA) November 26, 2018
But such statements of openly dividing people on communal basis is not new from the people holding high offices either in the government or being appointed by the parallel channels of government.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath on Saturday made similar remarks in Bhopal saying,
“Keep your Ali, Bajrang Bali is enough for us.” (clearly indicating that they only meant appeasement of the majoritarian Hindu community)
In February 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had drawn a parallel between Hindu and Muslim festivals and accusing the administration of practising discrimination on the basis of religion.
“If you create kabristaan (graveyard) in a village, then a shamshaan (cremation ground) should be created. If electricity is given uninterrupted in Ramzan, then it should be given in Diwali without a break. Bhedbhaav nahin hona chahiye (there should be no discrimination.”
Modi had told a rally in Fatehpur, apparently playing the Hindutva card in the postically crucial state where seven-phase elections were underway.
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