Bollywood actor and BJP parliamentarian Paresh Rawal found himself in the middle of a Twitter storm on Monday after he said that writer Arundhati Roy be tied to an army jeep, suggesting she be used in a manner similar to a Kashmiri man in the Valley last month.
“Instead of tying stone pelter on the army jeep tie Arundhati Roy!” the actor-politician tweeted.
Instead of tying stone pelter on the army jeep tie Arundhati Roy !
— Paresh Rawal (@SirPareshRawal) May 21, 2017
Roy, a strong critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is an award-winning writer whose views on Kashmiri separatism has been a cause for controversy.
If you are wondering what did Arundhati Roy say that evoked such a response from Paresh Rawal, let us tell you that in a statement she had said that even if India increases its military strength from 7 to 70 lakh in Kashmir, it won’t be able to achieve its objective. This got strong reactions too but nothing like Rawals. He had even commented, “70 lakh Indian army can’t defeat azadi gang of Kashmir – Arundhati Roy .Her birth certi in fact is a regret letter from maternity ward.”
70 lakh Indian army can’t defeat azadi gang of Kashmir – Arundhati Roy .Her birth certi in fact is a regret letter from maternity ward .
— Paresh Rawal (@SirPareshRawal) May 17, 2017
The reference to ‘tying up to an army jeep’ comes from that viral pic which had a man tied to a jeep as a human shield in Kashmir.
Rawal’s comments drew both support and criticism from several Twitter users, with some chipping in with more names they would like to see treated in that manner.
Hitting out at the actor-BJP MP, Congress General Secretary Digivijaya Singh said: “Why not (tie) the person who stitched the PDP-BJP alliance?”
@SirPareshRawal Why not the person who stitched PDP/BJP alliance ?
— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) May 22, 2017
His comments drew condemnation from many users on Twitter, some seeing it as an attempt to incite violence by an elected public representative.
@SirPareshRawal Your acting was often commendable but your prejudiced mindset is condemnable. Telling d army to hide behind a brave woman is shameful
— ziya us salam (@ziyaussalam) May 22, 2017
@SirPareshRawal Am deeply moved by your empathy that brings every character to life in movies. But I’m shocked by your ability to be so violent with words!
— Priyanka Borpujari (@Pri_Borpujari) May 21, 2017