As Arnab Goswami Exposes 'intolerance' Lobby's Hypocrisy, Here Are 10 Of The Many Things They Did Not Speak About

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As many as 49 celebrities across various platforms and professions including Bollywood, artists, historians and theatre have on Wednesday written a letter to PM Modi, alleging that there is intolerance in the country and a mindset of fear due to certain incidents. Also claiming that 'Jai Shri Ram' chants have become a war-cry, the letter further alleges lynchings in the slogan's name. 

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As many as 49 celebrities across various platforms and professions including Bollywood, artists, historians and theatre have on Wednesday written a letter to PM Modi, alleging that there is intolerance in the country and a mindset of fear due to certain incidents. Also claiming that 'Jai Shri Ram' chants have become a war-cry, the letter further alleges lynchings in the slogan's name. 

However, confronted on LIVE TV, the intolerance lobby of celebrities led by Bengali filmmaker Aparna Sen was unwilling to answer on a series of questions regarding matters where one would think they would have cited 'intolerance' in a similar measure but remained silent instead. 

WATCH | Arnab Goswami Confronts Aparna Sen And 'intolerance' Lobby On LIVE TV, Exposes Their Hypocrisy

Here are 10 of the many incidents on which the 'intolerance' lobby did not speak up:

1. BJP worker arrested for sharing meme on West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee:

In May 2019, BJP worker Priyanka Sharma was arrested in West Bengal for sharing a met gala meme on Trinamool Chief Mamata Banerjee on Facebook. The meme had a morphed picture of Mamata Banerjee’s face on Priyanka Chopra's met-gala look. Where was the intolerance lobby then?

READ | BJP Youth Leader Priyanka Sharma Arrested For Posting A Met Gala Meme On Mamata Banerjee, Sent To Judicial Custody For 14 Days

2. Rajasthan Congress government chargesheeted Pehlu Khan:

In a big controversy on June 29, 2019, the Ashok Gehlot-led Rajasthan Congress government as filed a charge sheet in the Alwar lynching case against deceased Pehlu Khan for alleged cow smuggling. On April 1, 2017, Pehlu Khan and few others were thrashed over suspicion of cow smuggling. While the chargesheet posthumously booked Khan, his supporters and protesters, on the contrary, maintained otherwise saying that he was only transporting cattle for the sake of selling and buying. What was the 'Intolerance' lobby doing then?

READ | Controversial: Rajasthan Police Files Chargesheet Against Deceased Pehlu Khan For Cow Smuggling In Alwar Lynching Case Of 2017

3. 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots:

Described as the "worst violence in Uttar Pradesh in recent history", riots broke out in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh in around August-September 2013, that resulted in nearly 62 deaths of which 42 victims were Muslims and 20 Hindus. On February 8, 2019, seven convicts were sentenced to life imprisonment by the court in connection with the riots. They were convicted by additional district and sessions judge Himanshu Bhatnagar for the killings of Gaurav and Sachin on August 27, 2013, and rioting. Why not one of the signatories raised his/her voice then?

READ | 2013 Muzaffarnagar Riots: Seven Convicts Sentenced To Life Imprisonment By Local Court

4. Muslim clerics ask minorities to pick up guns:

Two days back on July 22, Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe suggested that minorities should pick up arms in self-defense and said, “Our jihad is defensive jihad, there's no offence in our jihad. Justifying the call for guns for minorities, the cleric added that camps are being organised only to teach them how to fill the forms for arms license. 

READ | Amid Lynching Incidences; Lawyer Mahmood Pracha, Maulana Kalbe Jawad To Set-up Camps For Procuring Firearms Legally For Minorities In Lucknow

5. Temple attacked in Delhi's Chandni Chowk area:

Communal tension increased in the first week of July in Old Delhi's Hauz Qazi after a temple was vandalised due to a clash that broke between two groups over a parking lot. Security was tightened by the police and tensions increased between the localised of the area. Why was the lobby silent then?

READ | 3 Arrested, MP Harsh Vardhan Appeals For Harmony As Temple Vandalised In Hauz Qazi Area Of Delhi

6. 26-year-old man was murdered for saying 'Jai Shri Ram':

On July 7, 2019, the BJP party claimed that one of its workers, identified as 26-year-old Krishna Debnath, was beaten to death in West Bengal's Nadia district for chanting ''Jai Shri Ram". In the aftermath of the incident, WB BJP president Dilip Ghosh demanded Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's immediate resignation and saying that she has "failed to perform her duties in maintaining the law and order situation in the state". 

7. 7-year-old student beaten by school teacher for chanting 'Jai Shri Ram':

In another shocking incident, 7-year-old student of Class one of Sri Ramakrishna Sikshalaya in West Bengal’s Howrah district was beaten by his teacher inside the school premises for chanting 'Jai Shri Ram' slogans. The teacher reportedly thrashed the student named Aaryan Singh for chanting ‘Jai Shree Ram’ in the school premises. Responding to the incident, his father revealed that while other students were also raising chants of 'Jai Shri Ram', it was only his son who was beaten by the teacher. 

READ | SHOCKING: West Bengal Class One Student Allegedly Thrashed By School Teacher For Chanting 'Jai Shri Ram'

8. Critics of Kumaraswamy were arrested in Karnataka:

Why was it not a problem for the Lobby when Facebook page admins were arrested by Kumaraswamy’s police in Congress-JD(S) ruled Karnataka for sharing posts against the Chief Minister. The act was condemned by the Karnataka High Court on June 27, saying that “There appears to be a police Raj” in the state? 

9. Fanatics attacked Zaira Wasim leading to her decision to exit Bollywood

In one of the biggest controversies, this year, Bollywood woke up to Zaira Wasim's shocking and cathartic heartfelt letter on June 30 in which the actress announced her exit and dissociation from the film industry. While an array of celebrities backed Wasim in her decision, many eyebrows were raised on her, even then the Lobby was missing from the political discourse.

READ | 'I Officially Declare My Disassociation With This Field': In A Cathartic Post, Dangal Actress Zaira Wasim Announces Decision To Quit Bollywood. Read Her Letter Here

10. 5 cops were injured in a clash of groups protesting against Mob Lynching:

On 5 July 2019, clashes broke out in Nanpura located in Gujarat's Surat between protestors, who gathered to protest against mob lynching and the police. In the clash, four policemen were severely injured. Furthermore, a total of 12 people have been injured in the incident. Over 1,000 people had gathered to protest against the incidents of mob lynching in the country. In order to control the mob, police had to resort to fire in the air and lob teargas shells after the rally turned violent. 

WATCH | Crowd Protesting Against Mob Lynching Clash With Police In Gujarat's Surat; 5 Cops Injured 

WATCH | Arnab Goswami Exposes Aparna Sen And 'intolerance' Lobby With 12 Unanswered Questions On LIVE TV

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