Bollywood filmmaker and actor Anurag Kashyap on Saturday announced that he was leaving the social media platform Twitter after threats received by his parents and daughter.
Before deleting his Twitter account, Kashyap wrote in a series of tweets, “When your parents start to get calls and your daughter gets online threats then you know no one wants to talk. There is going to be no reason or rationale. Thugs will rule and thuggery will be the new way of life.”
His subsequent tweet read, “Congratulations everyone on this new India and hope you thrive. When I won’t be allowed to speak my mind without fear, I would rather not speak at all.”
Kashyap has been a fierce critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government’s policies. In May this year, he had tagged the PM on Twitter to allege that some of the BJP supporters had threatened her daughter on social media. He had written, “Dear @narendramodi sir. Congratulations on your victory and thank you for the message of inclusiveness. Sir please also tell us how do we deal with these followers of yours who celebrate your victory by threatening my daughter with messages like this for me being your dissenter.”
One Instagram user with Chowkidar prefix attached to his name had threatened to rape Kashyap’s daughter Aaliyah Kashyap.