Where the mind is without fear? Anti-BJP Facebook page Humans of Hindutva goes offline

Humans of Hindutva would often take on the Hindutva brigade, lampooning current events on gau rakshaks, moral policing, casteism, religious discrimination, etc.

Humans of Hindutva, the popular Facebook page which often posted political satire targeting right-wing fundamentalism, has called it quits. The page would often take on the Hindutva brigade by lampooning current events focusing on gau rakshaks, moral policing, casteism, religious discrimination, etc.

Late on Thursday evening, the administrator of Humans of Hindutva decided on deleting the Facebook page after having received several death threats. Writing on his website Satyanash, the administrator, who wishes to remain anonymous, wrote, “I’m quitting out of my own accord. I’ve not been banned or mass reported. I have recently received some threats to my life which I can’t take lightly.”

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He went on to state, “I am outnumbered, live in a BJP state and come from a middle-class family with no political or police connections. I have no desire to end up like Gauri Lankesh or Afrazul Khan,” before revealing his intentions to delete the website too. “Congratulations to Hindutva on winning this David vs. Goliath fight.”

(Courtesy: Facebook/Humans of Hindutva)

The administrator’s decision to kibosh the project, he so enthusiastically began some months ago, establishes yet again that India today may be too sensitive for political humour.

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DailyO Editor Jairaj Singh‏ posted a tweet stating that the phone number of Humans of Hindutva’s administrator had made its way to trolls, who threatened his life.

Back in September too, the parody page had decided to deactivate the page saying that he realised it was “not worth a bullet in my fucking head.” However, the page returned from its brief slumber after seeing the boastful response from right-wing supporters. “I guess to stop now would be to play into the hands of the fascists I despise so I guess I’ll keep this going for a little longer.” he wrote.

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“I have received so many death threats that I have lost count. I have had so many strangers abuse my family that it doesn’t even rattle me anymore. I have had several people threaten to take me to court or file an FIR. All this for the simple crime of running a satirical page which takes pot shots at Hindutva (not Hinduism) and the politicians who cater to it,” he had written for The Wire back in October.

(Courtesy: Facebook/Humans of Hindutva)

However, it now seems that the administrator has learnt that the playing field was never levelled, to begin with — a realisation which some deemed wise and others dismissed as cowardice.