Filmmaker Aparna Sen fumed and smoldered as Republic's Editor-in-Chief questioned her and the Lobby who alleged the rise of hate crimes across the country.
After artists, filmmakers, and social activists wrote to the Prime Minister alleging hate crimes across the country out of concern, Republic's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami questioned the absence of the hate-mongering Lobby during other incidences of hate-crimes.
In response, Sen refused to answer a single question posed to her, and in frustration made a hand gesture.
She said, "Hi Arnab, you have started your whatabouteries, I am not going to answer any of your whatabouteries. Please address the issue. You are not going to succeed in shouting, I'm done. I refuse to answer"
Here are the questions Arnab asked:
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Around 49 celebrities across all professions in the likes of Bollywood, theatres, historians, and artists wrote to PM Narendra Modi claiming intolerance in the country under the BJP regime. In the letter dated to 23rd July 2019, the group of artists stated that they are 'deeply concerned' about a number of tragic events that have been happening in the country in recent times.
Explaining their stance further, the letter claims that the lynching of Muslims, Dalits and other minorities must be stopped immediately and that they were 'shocked' to learn that there have been no less than 840 instances of atrocities against Dalits in the year 2016 and that there has been a definite decline in the percentage of convictions.