Journalist Barkha Dutt today took to Twitter and shared an article of her’s, in which she talked about what it would be like if she was a Muslim. Talking about this, Barkha wrote, “I am agnostic and entirely non-religious; I do not self-identify with any religion and leave the required column blank in application forms. I suppose you could call me—as my beloved Twitter trolls will—(that dreaded word) a liberal, deracinated by her own lack of cultural roots. I concede that my secularism has suffered from a lack of mooring in faith. So I am not best qualified to see life through the prism of any religious identity. Yet, for the last week, a question has been gnawing at me, nibbling away, bit by bit, at my conscience and sense of comfort: what if I were Muslim?”
In her article published in The Week, Barkha further questioned that what would she feel to discover that her voice is now barely audible in the country’s political discourse because I am no longer needed to win elections? Or, that in the most populous state of India, not a single candidate of the party that stormed home with a mammoth majority was Muslim?
“Would I be able to celebrate Eid after seeing the photograph of Junaid’s blood-spattered body lying lifeless on a railway platform in north India? Pehlu Khan, flung to the side of a pavement by a murderous mob, his tear-stained face crying out for help that never came? Akhlaq, was murdered over beef rumours, and the body of a man accused of killing him was draped in the national flag, with a senior minister present at the village? What sense would I make of this new lexicon where words like ‘vigilantes’ and ‘lynching’ are casual normalisations of collective bigotry?,” she asks.
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) July 1, 2017
Expressing her thoughts about terrorism, Barkha Dutt wrote, “If I were Muslim, how much helpless rage might I feel about radical Islamists and terrorists who soil the name of my faith and then leave me to carry the cross of condemning them.”
Talking about the president’s iftar, which no BJP minister attended, Dutt wrote, “If I were Muslim, what might I feel as a citizen to learn that no Central minister attended an iftar evening hosted by India’s President?”
After her tweet, the2 Twitterati didn’t seem to agree with what Barkha wrote and started trolling her. Here’s how they reacted:
Why,your current husband is a Muslim & therefore technically, u r a Muslim too!You could not have married him without converting to Islam!
— PRAVEEN (@kala08_praveen) July 1, 2017
Lol what are u talking about, you already feel for muslims so much more than they feel about themselves!
— why_me (@rockingazor) July 1, 2017
Barkha aaj kal Tum bahut kam baras rahi ho,,,kya baat hai????
— Gormint chachi (@gormint_chachi) July 1, 2017
U just used their names but ur propaganda as showing Muslims as victimized by Hindus is clearly exposed
— उपासना (@humtopuchenge) July 1, 2017
The ammunition exhausted that’s why playing the same old game of throwing stones of the victim card
— Fredy Kelawala (@FKelawala) July 1, 2017
Cmon rosy, see her logic..no sanghi minister attended iftar this year so they should also not celebrate diwali….wow
— Sea farer (@World_neptuner) July 3, 2017