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Rajnath Singh's Tweet on Kashmiriyat Also Won him Hate

Rajnath Singh tweeted from his handle @RajnathSingh, “The people of Kashmir have strongly condemned the terror attack on Amarnath yatris. It shows the spirit of Kashmiriyat is very much alive.”

Uday Singh Rana | News18.com@UdaySRana

Updated:July 12, 2017, 3:10 PM IST
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Rajnath Singh's Tweet on Kashmiriyat Also Won him Hate
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New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh won praise from across party lines for his “statesman-like” responses to the Amarnath terror attack, in which he hailed the “spirit of Kashmiriyat”. Many, including former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, were all praise for the veteran leader. Not all, however, were impressed by the Home Minister’s measured response, indicating that they preferred tough action over tough words.

At 12:37 am on Tuesday, Singh tweeted from his handle @RajnathSingh, “The people of Kashmir have strongly condemned the terror attack on Amarnath yatris. It shows the spirit of Kashmiriyat is very much alive.”

In a strongly-worded reply to the Home Minister, author and Twitter user Suchi Singh Kalra tweeted, “Who gives a f*** about the spirit of Kashmiriyat at this moment? It’s not your job to placate. Just drag those cowards out and cull them.” But Rajnath Singh’s response to the tweet was both measured and firm. “Ms Kalra I certainly do. It is absolutely my job to ensure peace & tranquility in all parts of the country. All Kashmiris are not terrorists,” he said.

Following this exchange, Kalra deleted her Twitter account. While many praised Singh for “shutting down trolls”, his detractors included former India wrestler Geeta Phogat, who in an apparent dig at the Home Minister tweeted, “Bahut ho gayi ab aatank ki ninda, jalana padega inko zinda” (Enough criticism of terrorism now, we must burn them alive).

The tweet landed Phogat into a Twitter spat with many on the other side of the Twitter divide, including ‘Gujarat Files’ author Rana Ayyub. “These are our alleged national icons. @rajnathsingh pls take note,” Ayyub tweeted, eliciting a response from Phogat, “Log bekasoor mare ja rahe hain. Yeh dekh kar sacche Bharatwasi ke dil mein aag lagna laazmi hai. Aur yeh Bharat ki beti aapki tarah kayar nahi. Jai Bharat.” (Innocent people are being killed. It is natural that it will light a fire in the heart of a true Indian. This daughter of India is not a coward like you. Hail India.)

Phogat was not alone in her criticism. Others, in fact, were more direct in targetting Singh. Swarajya Magazine columnist Shefali Vaidya said, “Absolutely sickened w d way d libtard brigade hounded Shuchi Kalra off twitter n disappointed with @rajnathsingh 4 throwing her to d wolves.”

Another Twitter user said, “Finally @RajnathSingh ji took strong against #AmarnathTerrorAttack.. by targeting a person who asks to take action against terrorists. Bravo.”

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| Edited by: Huma Tabassum
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