New Delhi: The violence that rocked JNU Sunday evening saw Twitter flutter with reactions from all sides.
Let’s begin with a scathing attack on her own fraternity by actor Pooja Bhatt which should be enough to give them heartburn.
To members of my supposed ‘fraternity’who were meant to opine & dine with the ruling party this evening-trust you implored them to curtail the violence unfolding across the nation.Or at the very least,as part of the ‘scrumptious’ meal on offer,help yourselves to some humble pie.
— Pooja Bhatt (@PoojaB1972) January 5, 2020
Then actor Jaaved Jaaferi makes a rare appearance with this rhetorical question.
WOAAH!!! I wonder what she has been smoking 😂 https://t.co/a8fxKxQlnM
— Jaaved Jaaferi (@jaavedjaaferi) January 6, 2020
And comedian Kunal Kamra continues his one liners on ‘democracy’ in India.
India is a parody account of democracy.
— Kunal Kamra (@kunalkamra88) January 5, 2020
BJP’s IT cell head Amit Malviya has a stinging reply for artists, Bollywood actors and academicians who oppose BJP.
There is a motley group of Left leaning activists drawn from art, literature and Bollywood, lapsed academicians and failed politicians, who can’t win a municipal poll but are ideological mercenaries. Backed by opposition parties, they are the ones fomenting trouble on campuses…
— Amit Malviya (@amitmalviya) January 6, 2020
BJP supporter, academic and social activist Madhu Kishwar sees red and offers a helping hand to an ABVP member.
Will @AltNews take the trouble to confirm this? And suggest how to handle sich #SickularGoons?
.@VelentinaBrahma let me know if I can be of help in any way, especially if you don't have family in Delhi. https://t.co/AEw1hwrkx9
— MadhuPurnima Kishwar (@madhukishwar) January 5, 2020
Neither a BJP or Congress supporter, JNU professor Amitabh Mattoo enters the university conflict zone as a neutral observer.
As I entered the JNU campus an hour ago, I saw the most brutal violation of an institution.
— Amitabh Mattoo (@amitabhmattoo) January 5, 2020
Chairman of Mahindra Group Anand Mahindra also doesn’t care about the colour of people’s politics. He wants that most elusive thing — justice.
It doesn't matter what your politics are. It doesn't matter what your ideology is. It doesn't matter what your faith is. If you're an Indian, you cannot tolerate armed, lawless goons. Those who invaded JNU tonight must be traced & hunted down swiftly & given no quarter…
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) January 5, 2020
Executive Director Lalit group Keshav Suri is so alarmed by the violence that he sees a Tiananmen Square massacre in JNU.
Meanwhile, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar takes the attack to the Financial Times (UK) for its “shallow” understanding of India.
Dear @FT, Technologists across the world would be eager to get the tech possessed by you, which helps decipher that a masked mob is ‘nationalist’. Also, all universities & institutions in our country are secular.
— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) January 6, 2020
BJP’s Meenakshi Lekhi ‘poses’ with injured ABVP students, alleging they were lynched — well, at least she acknowledges lynching exists….
What you see is not what is. Reality lost in propaganda. Falsity found in pictures.ABVP students were lynched by Cong-Left combine when seeking registration of next semester. Let’s call out this selective bigotry and outrage. 😡🤥 pic.twitter.com/tUp3MI1DYB
— Meenakashi Lekhi (@M_Lekhi) January 6, 2020
To this, the Congress has a few answers. Here’s Shama Mohamed doing the maths.
— Shama Mohamed (@drshamamohd) January 6, 2020
Congress MP Manish Tewari also gives a rousing call to rise in protest against the violence.
As someone who led @nsui & @IYC at National level during turbulent 8O’s & 90’s am appalled by State sponsored Fascist thuggery in @JNU. All universities&Colleges must rise in Solidarity with JNU nationwide. I urge my colleagues in @nsui & @IYC to lead this battle against Fascism
— Manish Tewari (@ManishTewari) January 6, 2020
Shiv Sena’s Aaditya Thackeray, wants the ‘goons’ caught and punished.
The violence and brutality faced by students, while protesting, is worrisome. Be it Jamia, be it JNU. Students mustn’t face brutal force!
Let them be!
These goons must face action. They must be brought to time bound and swift justice.
— Aaditya Thackeray (@AUThackeray) January 5, 2020
And, there’s a tug of war in progress between social activist Umar Khalid and BJP’s Tajinder Singh Bagga — both should mind their language.
Repeating again, find a better lie next time shithead. https://t.co/blUNtvhoPA
— Umar Khalid (@UmarKhalidJNU) January 6, 2020
Former IPS Abdur Rahman who quit service over Citizenship Act, condemns last night’s violence in JNU.
Brutal attacks on students of JNU is highly condemnable.
This is an attack on free speech, expression and peaceful dialogue. We expect Delhi Police to rise on the occasion, do in depth and impartial inquiry and take strict action.#jnuunderattack
— Abdur Rahman (@AbdurRahman_IPS) January 5, 2020
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