Tathagata Roy tweets about Hindu-Muslim 'civil war', continues habit of making communal remarks

Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy is at it again. The former president of Bengal BJP, notorious for making highly communal statements, tweeted on Sunday about how Syama Prasad Mukherjee, who had founded the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, had said in his diary that "the Hindu-Muslim problem won't b solved without a Civil War".

Because of a backlash on Twitter, Roy soon took a U-turn from his statement, saying that he had never advocated a civil war between Hindus and Muslims in India.

If that was actually true, it is hilarious to assume that Roy was simply stating a historical fact without any reason or opinion behind it and was in fact neutral, even when he compared Mukherjee to Abraham Lincoln.

 Tathagata Roy tweets about Hindu-Muslim civil war, continues habit of making communal remarks

File image of Tathagata Roy. Image courtesy: @tathagata2/Twitter

This is not the first time, though, that Roy has made such an insensitive and caustic remark.

In January 2016, Roy had suggested that the bodies of the terrorists killed in the Pathankot attack be wrapped in pigskin. "I seriously suggest Russian treatment to terrorists' carcasses. Wrap them in pigskin,bury them face down in pig excreta. No chance of Houris," he had said on Twitter.

In November 2015, Roy — in an interview to The Economic Times — had said, "People have the right to eat what they want but the scales would be even when Muslims come out and have pork in the open. And that day, we can really call it war against intolerance."

In July 2015, Roy had called many people present present at the funeral of Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon "potential terrorists".

In April 2015, Roy had said that if Hindus of West Bengal did not reject secularism and polarise, they would be "annihilated".

In March that year, Roy had painted the 2002 Gujarat riots as positive action.

And back in August 2014, Roy had congratulated UP BJP for bringing up the infamous 'Love Jihad' issue and had even suggested that the issue be taken up in West Bengal.

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Updated Date: Jun 20, 2017 13:29:05 IST