Prominent Indian journalist Salil Tripathi’s Twitter account has been suspended and censored after he tweeted on other topics, including the anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid and his work on India’s shrinking democracy.
Authors, including Salman Rushdie and Amito Ghosh, were outraged after Tripti, who heads PEN International’s writers in the prison committee, had his Twitter account suspended without warning on Sunday.
A right-wing Hindu nationalist group called Desi Army, which has 26,000 followers on Twitter, claimed victory after the suspension. Kapil Mishra, a hardline leader of India’s ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), recently praised the Indian Army online, saying: “This team is targeting online government critics. It’s working wonderfully. “
Tripathi, who was born in Mumbai but lives in New York, is the author of various publications and assistant editor of The Minutes and Caravan of Indian Publications, and is often critical of Hindu nationalism. He has authored and recently authored a book on the implications of freedom of expression in India. Piece Under the title of Foreign Policy Magazine, because India has become a different country under the BJP government related to the erosion of democracy.
Sunday marked the anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid, a Muslim mosque that was torn down by a Hindu nationalist mob in 1992. Tripathi read while posting a video on his Twitter His own poem Which resolved the demolition in Gujarat, Indian independence and the 2002 religious riots, in which more than 1,000 people, especially Muslims, were killed.
His account was immediately suspended. A statement from Twitter said: “Tripathi’s account has been temporarily suspended for publishing our infringing list. Abuse Policy“
Speaking to the Guardian, Tripathi said: “Twitter’s decision-making has been ambiguous and arbitrary. Twitter is a private space that creates the illusion of being a public space, which is not explicit, and makes decisions about free speech and human rights without a mandate, expertise or ability.
Some prominent Indian writers, lawyers and journalists expressed anger over his suspension, Rushdie tweeted:
Ghosh wrote that he was “surprised to learn that Salil Tripathi’s Twitter account has been suspended. Salil is a well-known journalist, author and human rights activist.”
Author Neelanjana Rai tweeted: “Why has Salil Tripathi’s Twitter account been suspended? Earlier, he tweeted about the demolition of the Babri Masjid, and many people are constantly worried.” Hopefully, Twitter India will regain its voice soon, “said Sketu Mehta, who is also a writer.” Turpati was one of the most important human rights activists. Definitely suspend your account to Twitter India. unacceptable. India needs the voice of Salil!
Opposition Congress politician Shashi Tharoor also expressed concern. “I can’t believe it,” he wrote. “How can Twitter suspend the account of one of the world’s most respected writers, authors and human rights activists?” Doesn’t anyone use their intellect before taking such steps in their algorithm?
Tripathi called for intimidation and harassment of journalists working in India under the BJP government. “Journalists and writers have endured much worse situations than I have experienced at the moment,” he said. “They are real heroes.”
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