MUMBAI: Hours after Bollywood actor and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Paresh Rawal raked up a Twitter storm after he took a jibe at noted writer Arundhati Roy, filmmaker and social activist Ashoke Pandit came in support of the saffron party leader asserting that Roy has always been an ‘anti-national’ person. Bollywood actor Swara Bhaskar, on the other hand, has slammed the Hera Pheri star.
“I support Paresh Rawal’s statement because it is a real expression and emotion. Arundhati Roy has always been anti-national; she has been supporting the terrorists in Kashmir,” Pandit said.
“She is not the only one to be blamed; there are many more, who deserve to be tied to a jeep and be treated the same. So, with heart and soul, I support Paresh Rawal,” he added.
Earlier, Rawal took to Twitter to post a seemingly out-of-context tweet that conveyed the idea of ‘tying’ Roy to an Army jeep, drawing reference from a similar incident when a Kashmiri resident was tied to a jeep last month. “Instead of tying stone pelter on the army jeep tie Arundhati Roy!”, the Lok Sabha member tweeted on late Sunday night.
Rawal’s tweet drew ire on the social media and people outrightly condemned the actor’s “education.” Many of them even highlighted the irony of his statement vis-a-vis his powerful performances in the movies.”
Bollywood filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri, actor Swara Bhaskar and several others have slammed Rawal for making the insensitive comment.
— Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) May 22, 2017
An award-winning writer, Arundhati Roy is known for her controversial views on Kashmir. She has also widely criticised the Army’s role in the Valley.
In April, a Kashmiri resident, allegedly a stone-pelter, was tied to an Army jeep as a human shield. This incident sparked an outrage in the Valley and across the country, following which an inquiry was launched into the incident.
(With ANI inputs)