Politicians, lawyers, writers and civilians took to Twitter on Wednesday to respond to the trending #MeTooUrbanNaxal, after filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri urged "some young people" to make a list of "Urban Naxals".
I want some bright young people to make a list of all those who are defending #UrbanNaxals Let’s see where it leads. If you want to volunteer with commitment, pl DM me. @squintneon would you like to take the lead?
— Vivek Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) August 28, 2018
Agnihotri's tweet has garnered a spectrum of reactions from across the Twitterati. Politicians:
There is only place for one NGO in India and it's called the RSS. Shut down all other NGOs. Jail all activists and shoot those that complain. Welcome to the new India. #BhimaKoregaon — Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 28, 2018
Had Gandhi, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and Sadar Patel been with us today, they would have surely appeared as lawyers for all these human rights activists who are arrested by Pune police dubbing them as maoists. This is nothing less than emergency, indeed. — Jignesh Mevani (@jigneshmevani80) August 29, 2018
I have no sympathy whatsoever for Maoism but freedom of thought, belief & expression are fundamental rights in any democracy. To arrest activists who have neither committed nor facilitated violence is to betray our democracy. This is not the India that Gandhiji fought to free. — Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) August 29, 2018
Journalists and writers:
As a biographer of Gandhi, I have no doubt that if the Mahatma was alive today, he would don his lawyer's robes and defend Sudha Bharadwaj in court; that is assuming the Modi Sarkar hadn't yet detained and arrested him too — Ramachandra Guha (@Ram_Guha) August 28, 2018
Hey @vivekagnihotri, I volunteer to be on your list. Let's tag @vivekagnihotri with the hashtag #MeTooUrbanNaxal and help him build his list. We should all help this man in his noble endeavour. https://t.co/zY1Azarv8l — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) August 29, 2018
Hi @vivekagnihotri, Dissent is important for our democracy to function and to hold our Government accountable. I intend to do exactly that. Put me on your list.#metoourbannaxal — Meghnad (@Memeghnad) August 29, 2018
All love and respect for those who are saying #MeTooUrbanNaxal but there are many out there who don’t really have the privilege of caste, religion, money or class, to even say this. They know if the hit list is *real*, they will be the ones picked first. — Ashwaq Masoodi (@ashwaqM) August 29, 2018
Put me on the list please #MeTooUrbanNaxal .... If bright young people are making lists to target their fellow citizens, they can't be very bright. .. https://t.co/Q8qVmpaVC3 — Harini Calamur (@calamur) August 29, 2018
In the ‘new’ India human rights activists will be arrested but no one wants to touch groups like Sanathan Sanstha! And the country stays silent! #BhimaKoregaon — Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) August 28, 2018
How about those of us who don't think the words 'intellectual' or 'liberal' are an insult,draw up a list of #loserfascists?The #LoserFascist is a risk to themselves and the world.U won't know whether they need psychological help or jail time! #LoserFascist — TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha) August 29, 2018
#UrbanNaxal is the new Anti-National The word "Anti-national" became a big joke and lost its actual meaning after ministers & trolls started using it for anyone and everyone mindlessly. Same thing is happening with Urban Naxal. That's why #MeTooUrbanNaxal — Dhruv Rathee (@dhruv_rathee) August 29, 2018
Getting news that Pune police have raided/arrested among the finest Human rights activists&dissenting voices, such as Sudha Bharadwaj (a human rights lawyer), Gautam Navlakha (Former Pres of PUDR), Fr Stan Swamy (a human rights activist) & Ors. Fascist fangs are now openly bared — Prashant Bhushan (@pbhushan1) August 28, 2018
If speaking against nonsense and standing up for what is right is naxalism then #MeTooUrbanNaxal @vivekagnihotri @rohini_sgh @pbhushan1 @paranjoygt @ArvindKejriwal @dhruv_rathee @BajpayeeManoj @ReallySwara — seasailor (@seasailor59) August 29, 2018
Urging people to list those who disagree with the current government is the kind of thing the Nazis did. Your bogus conspiracy theory about urban naxals has stifled dissent. Shame ! #MetooUrbanNaxal #undeclaredEmergency https://t.co/Ae5wrkUOMs — Naveen Suresh (@NavSuresh) August 29, 2018
Congratulations, BJP on the most successful recruitment drive for naxals in the history of urban India.#MeTooUrbanNaxal People prefer being called naxal to being seen as agreeing or even inoffensive to you. I imagine you won't be using the "lesser evil" argument for 2019. — Urban Naxal Vidyut (@Vidyut) August 29, 2018
can't believe that people are being arrested to promote a book. #UrbanNaxals
— Rofl Gandhi & Team (@RoflGandhi_) August 29, 2018
Agnihotri's posted the tweet calling for the "Urban Naxal" list after the Maharashtra Police on Tuesday raided the homes of prominent left-wing activists in several states and arrested at least five of them, as part of an investigation into the violence between Dalits and upper caste Peshwas at Bhima Koregaon village near Pune after the Elgar Parishad event on 31 December.
Telugu poet Varavara Rao in Hyderabad, activists Vernon Gonzalves and Arun Ferreira in Mumbai, trade union activist Sudha Bhardwaj in Faridabad and civil liberties activist Gautam Navalakha in New Delhi have been arrested under the Indian Penal Code's Section 153(A), which relates to promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language and committing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony.
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Updated Date: Aug 29, 2018 18:18:56 IST