Instead of tying stone-pelter on army jeep, tie Arundhati Roy: Paresh Rawal

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May 23, 2017 TOP STORIES 272 Views
Instead of tying stone-pelter on army jeep, tie Arundhati Roy: Paresh Rawal

BJP MP and actor Paresh Rawal recently hit out at prominent author Arundhati Roy, saying she should have been tied to an army jeep instead of the stone-pelter after she allegedly said not even 70 lakh soldiers can change the Kashmir scenario.
The actor said: “Instead of trying stone-pelter on the army jeep tie Arundhati Roy.” “Her birth certi [sic] in fact is a regret letter from the maternity ward,” he added.
Rawal’s comments were based on an incident where a Kashmiri man was tied to the fender of an army jeep by the armed forces, to protect themselves from stone-pelters in the Valley.
However, his tweet was soon stormed with criticism. Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh criticised the comment, and questioned: “Why not the person who stitched PDP-BJP alliance?”
It was followed by many others who couldn’t understand Rawal’s sudden attack on the author. But it was soon established that the comment was in the backdrop of her remark on the Kashmir situation.
A major controversy was sparked even after sources from the army said the man was a stone-pelter and the move was aimed to stop stone pelting on the 5-vehicle convoy.
However, 26-year-old Farooq Ahmed Dar had told The Indian Express that he was not a stone-pelter and never during his lifetime had he engaged in such activities.
“I work as an embroiderer of shawls, and I know some carpentry. This is what I do,” he reportedly told.
Dar said that he was forcibly captured, beaten up and tied to the bonnet even before he could give an explanation. He was captured at Ultigram, while he was on his way to vote for the Srinagar by-polls.
While Rawal lashed out against Roy for her statement, it should be noted that the contributions of the author to the country have been massive.
She was one of the campaigners against the Narmada dam project, saying that the project would cause harm to over half a million people. It was reported that Roy donated the all the money she got along with Booker’s prize during the Narmada Bachao Andolan.
Apart from winning the Man Booker Prize in 1997, the 55-year-old author has been a prominent political activist.
Best known for her novel ‘The God of Small Things’, Roy has also been vocal about the situation of unrest in the Kashmir Valley. She has also been actively involved in filming documentaries.
This is not the first time the author spoke on the Kashmir unrest. Back in 2008, in an interview with the Times of India, she expressed her support for the independence of Kashmir from India, citing the massive demonstrations in 2008.

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