Pakistani social media celebrity and Hindutva poster boy, Tarek Fatah, faced public anger on Sunday after his alleged Islamophobic remarks left many at Delhi’s literary festival utterly enraged.
A video of Fatah being rudely told to leave the event, Jashn-e-Rekhta, has now gone viral on social media platforms.
According to reports, Fatah had arrived at the event uninvited and allegedly began to address some attendees ‘jihadis.’ This prompted the organisers to told him to leave the venue of the event. Visibly unperturbed even in the face of humiliation, Fatah insisted on staying on by adding that he was not ‘scared’ of anyone.
This, according to some, was a tactic to gain the much-needed media attention.
Fatah, also suspected to be a Pakistani spy by many, has been hugely popular among the supporters of the Hindutva brigade in India because of his continuous attack of Islam and Indian Muslims. He’s been making frequent appearances on several channels, known for their allegiance to the Centre’s BJP government and Hindutva ideology.
His habit of calling anyone in disagreement with his hypocrisy had prompted students of Punjab university to beat him up in December last year. On that occasion, Fatah had called a Sikh student ‘Khalistani’ and referred to a Muslim student from Jammu and Kashmir as a ‘terrorist.’
He was invited there to deliver a TedX talk on Balochistan, when the fracas took place.
Gagandeep Singh Dhillon, a PhD scholar in geography, was quoted by Indian Express, “I was sitting at the physics canteen when Tarek came and began an informal interaction with students. We were discussing yesterday’s Nagrota terror attack. When he was talking to us, the department librarian came. When the students rose to show respect, Tarek told them, ‘Indians need to stop giving such treatment to their seniors’.”
Not so long ago, he had hurled abuses on Janta Ka Reporter’s editor-in-chief, Rifat Jawaid after he asked him uncomfortable questions on ABP News.
Many suspect that Fatah is acting at the behest of the Pakistani secret service, the ISI, to gain access to the Indian government, currently led by the BJP. The Madhya Pradesh ATS had recently busted a racket of Pakistani spies, which included a key functionary of the BJP’s IT Cell.
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