Paresh Rawal, Fake News and Arundhati Roy

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Film actor Paresh Rawal was recently in the eye of the twitter storm. Mr. Paresh Rawal had published a tweet where he proposed noted writer Ms. Arundhati Roy, instead of a Kashmiri man, should have been tied to a jeep. Mr. Rawal’s tweet was in poor taste. As a member of parliament, he should respect all kind of points of view, mores so if the voice is that of dissent. Mr. Rawal faced a lot of criticism for his action. He was forced to delete his tweet. On top of this, it emerged that news to which Mr. Rawal reacted was a fake news. According to report, Ms. Arundhati Roy never gave any interview to any Pakistani channel about Indian army unable to defeat azadi proponents in Kashmir valley.

In the limited context of the current fake tweet, it may be true that Ms. Arundhati Roy did not comment on the events in Kashmir now. But if one looks her interviews on YouTube and her writings on the internet, we can understand which side Ms. Roy’s sympathy lies. I am quoting one such talk of Ms. Roy. This talk delivered at the university of Westminster, can be found on YouTube. Title of the talk is “Democracy and Dissent in China and India – Arundhati Roy with Dibyesh Anand.”

Listen to this talk or any other speech and/or writing, one may observe that Mr. Roy is extremely critical of India, Indian army and any / all institutions of India. In her many interviews and talks, including this one, Arundhati Roy openly asks why West should treat India differently? Why should India be labeled as a rising star? Ms. Roy had asserted that India has illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur, Nagaland, Tribal dominated areas of central India, Telengana and Goa. India has maintained her domination over these areas using armed forces.

Ms Roy even labeled Indian army to be worse than Pakistan army. She said, Indian army has killed her own people in Kashmir, North East, in naxal affected central India. It is true, many things have gone wrong in India. We are a young nation. What Ms. Roy does not tell her audience is the fact that Indian army is called only when protestors resort to violence. In many places mentioned above, Indian army was fighting rebels armed to their teeth.

In her enthusiasm to denigrate Indian state, did Ms. Roy forget about East Pakistan? Where men, women, and children were massacred by Pakistani army. Did she not know what happens in Balochistan? Where dissenters are routinely picked up killed and tortured. Or more recently, did Pakistani army not kill close to a million of her own people in tribal areas of FATA? Definitly, India does not have to fashion herself as mirror image of Pakistan. But comparing Indian army to that of Pakistani army is taking the argument a bit far.

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12 thoughts on “Paresh Rawal, Fake News and Arundhati Roy

  1. Abhay May 28, 2017 / 1:22 am

    Dissent can be respected, yet secessionist tendency should be highly denounced. I don’t know about the news was fake or not, but I have seen several videos where her anti India stance is palpable.

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  2. abhiray59 May 28, 2017 / 1:25 am

    I agree. I am not allowed to up load a video. But the reference I quoted clearly indicates her inclination.

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  3. Somali K Chakrabarti June 9, 2017 / 10:50 am

    Yes, Ms Roy’s often seems to be giving statements intended to influence people against India. Very strange she does that. As far as the jeep incident goes, I think it was the most practical thing the Officer could have done to save his men from the protestors.

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  4. abhiray59 June 9, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    Thank you for reading.

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  5. Durga Prasad Dash June 23, 2017 / 10:10 am

    Paresh Rawal’s reaction is as wrong as the anti India stance of Arundhati Roy.
    However, both have their majbooris.
    Paresh Rawal wants to show that he is one up in the who is more nationalist competition’.
    The western bias is such that Pro-India writers and artists hardly get international acclaim these days.

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  6. abhiray59 June 23, 2017 / 10:11 am

    True.

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  7. rationalraj2000 July 13, 2017 / 1:56 am

    My comment would be to borrow from your own post- ” Mr. Rawal’s tweet was in poor taste. As a member of parliament, he should respect all kind of points of view, mores so if the voice is that of dissent”
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    • abhiray59 July 13, 2017 / 7:28 am

      Thank you for reading.

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  8. how do we know July 15, 2017 / 3:41 pm

    But I agree! She is such a supporter of the secessionist movement in Kashmir, that I am sure she will volunteer to be the human shield to ensure that the misguided youth do not commit murder of the security forces. No good deed like helping the misguided back on the right track, and no better way than leading from the front. They are not dangerous. They are merely misguided, and Ms Roy is in no danger whatsoever, as per her own ideas. In fact, it is perfect way for her to stand up for her words and thoughts.

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    • abhiray59 July 15, 2017 / 8:21 pm

      Thank you for reading. Arundhati Roy is fiercely antiestablishment. She believes in individual freedom at the expense of nation. So I am not surprised at her thoughts and speeches.

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