An American filmmaker – visiting India hoping to get some footage of violence against minorities as there has been a furore in both Indian and Western media over ‘minority persecution under the Hindu fascist government at the center’ – took to social media platform Twitter on Wednesday to express his severe shock after he didn’t find “entrails of minorities hanging from trees” in India. He had prepared himself for at least a glimpse of a church or mosque being burned to the ground by Trishul-wielding Hindu militants, but he was left shocked even on that front.
“Reading about India from these news outlets, I came to India fully prepared to find entrails of minorities hung on trees. I had at least reckoned I’d get a glimpse of a church or mosque being burned to the ground by Hindu militants. But this trip has been nothing but a huge shock. The closest I came to seeing violence against minorities was when @bwoyblunder wrote a satirical piece on Saba Naqvi!” he said, clearly exasperated, before going ahead and cancelling his subscriptions of New York Times and other such news websites. He even proceeded to remove the phrase ‘News Junkie’ from his Twitter bio.
Saga Rita Ghost, a prominent journalist, said, “Is this how guests are treated in India? Whatever happened to Athithi Devo Bhava? It’s just simply unacceptable for the Modi government to shock an American filmmaker hoping to find real evidence of minority persecution!” When asked whether the media could be mistaken in portraying India as unsafe for minorities, she called a guy who started to punch this correspondent while repeatedly shouting “asshole!” This correspondent was forced to buy his book to get him to stop punching.