“Your news and tweet show you must be seeing Muslims even your dream”: Rajat Sharma of India TV faces brutal social media trolling for his latest tweet on coronavirus victim


Rajat Sharma of India TV has once again found himself at the receiving end Twitterati lashed out at him for allegedly giving communal colour to a coronavirus victim in Maharashtra’s Nagpur. This was after Sharma tweeted about the death of a man of COVID-19 in Nagpur. This came days after a veteran journalist lashed out at him for a similar attempt to communalise the gathering of migrant workers in Mumbai’s Bandra recently.

Rajat Sharma

Sharma had written in a tweet recently, “Abdul Latif of Nagpur hid corona. After his death it emerged that he had infected his sons, daughter-in-law, brother, sister-in-law, daughters, son-in-law, grandsons and the whole family. Even his friends, who met him unknowingly fell victims. In total, 55 positive cases have come and reports for 144 more are yet to come. People of Nagpur are surprised.”

No sooner did Sharma shared his tweet, he began to face incessant trolling for his emphasis on the religious identity of the corona victim. One user summed up when she wrote, “Your news and tweet show that you must be seeing Muslims even your dream.”

Here is how they reacted:

Many were quick to slam Sharma for his hypocrisy when they asked why he had not posted a similar tweet by revealing the religious identity of Suresh, who had organised a feast for 1500 people in Madhya Pradesh despite being tested positive for coronavirus in Madhya Pradesh. The authorities had to place the entire neighbourhood under quarantine.

Veteran journalist Nikhil Wagle had recently lashed out at Sharma for giving communal colour to the protest by migrant workers in Mumbai’s Bandra recently. This was in response to Sharma’s emphasis on ‘jama masjid (grand mosque)’ in his tweet posted soon after the visuals of hundreds of workers protesting near Bandra station went viral. Wagle had called Sharma ‘shameless.’