Paresh Rawal Kicks Up Controversy With His Tweet

Actor-turned-politician Paresh Rawal on Sunday night kicked up a row by tweeting the army officer in Kashmir should have tied author-activist Arundhati Roy as a human shield to his jeep.

New Delhi: Of late Twitter has become a dais for celebrities and politicians to kick up controversies. As it is an open forum, the tweet is getting immediately noticed and leading to a storm.

On Sunday night around 11 pm, Bollywood actor and BJP MP Paresh Rawal adopted the same tactics. Giving his thoughts on an army officer using a Kashmiri as ‘human shield’ in the Valley, he said that he should have tied author- activist Arundhati Roy to the jeep instead.

Paresh Rawal tweeted, “Instead of tying stone pelter on the army jeep, tie Arundhati Roy !”

Arundhati Roy shot to fame in 1997 when her novel The God of Small Things won the Man Booker Prize for fiction. Her novel was both praised and criticised. Later, she became an extremely vocal political activist, frequently highlighting human rights issues within the country, angering the Centre. She was more of a leftist in her ideology.

Meanwhile, the statement of Rawal, the Ahmedabad East MP, comes almost a month after a video showed a Kashmiri being tied to an army jeep as an alleged human shield against stone-pelters during by-poll related violence in Budgam district of the valley.

As expected, his tweet gave the Congress another chance to target the already jittery coalition between the BJP and the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir.

Responding to Paresh’s tweet, Congress senior leader Digvijay Singh tweeted, “Why not the person who stitched PDP and BJP alliance?

Her new novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, is expected to hit stands and bookstores next month.

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