Paresh Rawal’s outburst against Arundhati Roy based on fake news
BJP MP and actor Paresh Rawal’s outrageous tweet against the author Arundhati Roy which ignited a Twitter war between his supporters and those who denounced him for advocating violence was based on Fake news that Arundhati Roy supposedly gave during a recent trip to Srinagar. In his tweet, the actor and BJP MP said “Instead of tying stone pelter on the army jeep tie Arundhati Roy!” – a thinly veiled reference to the April 9 incident where a Kashmiri civilian was tied to an army jeep and used as a human shield. Rawal’s tweet prompted many others on Twitter to endorse his call for Roy to be abducted and held hostage, with some adding their own threats and suggestions – that the writer be physically assaulted, burnt and shot. “It is [all nonsense]”, Roy told The Wire. She said she had not been to Srinagar recently or made any statements about Kashmir except for a short piece she wrote in Outlook last year. Rawal’s tweet linked to a post on the Facebook page of ‘The Nationalist’, “70 lakh Indian Army cannot defeat Azadi gang in Kashmir: Arundati Roy gives statement to Pakistani newspaper!” The ‘source’ of this Facebook post was a right-wing fake news site, postcard.news, which ran a story with the same headline on May 17. The story was bylined ‘Aishwarya S.