Union IT and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday took an extraordinary step on Twitter to condemn those Hindutva supporters, who were expressing happiness over the gruesome killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh.
In his two tweets, Prasad minced no words when he said that ‘Expressing happiness on the killing of anyone is shameful, regrettable and totally against Indian traditions.’
He wrote, “Expressing happiness on the killing of anyone is shameful, regrettable and totally against Indian traditions. Social media is not for that. I strongly condemn & deplore the messages on social media expressing happiness on the dastardly murder of #Gaurilankesh.”
Both his tweets were shared and liked for thousands of times in no time. His condemnation earned him plenty of plaudits from even BJP’s critics.
The topic had gained momentum after Janta Ka Reporter first brought to light how some Hindutva supporters had begun rejoicing the murder of Lankesh, who was gunned down in Bangalore on Tuesday evening. They included individuals, who were being followed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter.
However, no sooner had Prasad tweeted, the RSS supporters began to troll him. While some asked him why he had cared to remember the alleged murders of RSS workers in Kerala, others took a potshot at him for his inability to win elections.
Here are some of the examples of Prasad was trolled.
Elsewhere, another cabinet minister in Narendra Modi’s government was busy praising a fake and right-wing propaganda website, Postcard News after it carried a piece expressing its ‘gratitude’ to the ex-railway minister.
Ironically, Prabhu’s praise for Postcard News came in on a day when it emerged that Lankesh in her last editorial had slammed the website for spreading dangerous communal propaganda in the election-bound Karnataka. The website had earlier published a fake story alleging that the Karnataka’s Congress government had imposed restrictions on Hindus celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi festival this year.
The state’s Director General of Police, RK Dutta, had to officially deny that the rumour spread by Postcard news was fake and had malicious design behind it.