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Don’t want to end up like Gauri Lankesh or Afrazul: Humans of Hindutva deletes Facebook page

After starting the page in April, he had garnered an audience of lakhs on the social media platform. He was popular for his satire on right-wingers and Hindu fundamentalists.

Written by Surbhi Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: December 29, 2017 1:14 pm
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Eight months into it, the administrator of the Facebook page ‘Humans of Hindutva’ decided to call it quits and deleted the page on Thursday.

“I’m quitting out of my own accord. I’ve not been banned or mass reported,” he announced on his website Satyanash.com. “I have recently received some threats to my life which I can’t take lightly.”

After starting the page in April, he had garnered an audience of lakhs on the social media platform. He was popular for his satire on right-wingers and Hindu fundamentalists, in the popular Humans of New York format.

“I am outnumbered, I 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,” he further wrote.

The administrator preferred to remain anonymous since the inception of the page, and used to interact and give interviews through Facebook Messenger. Hence, he could not be reached for comment.

“I hope those who threatened me consider this as a victory and leave us alone. I have deleted the HOH page and will delete this website soon. Congratulations to Hindutva on winning this David vs Goliath fight,” he wrote.

Screenshot of the admin’s message before deleting account.

He had decided to quit in September, five days after journalist Gauri Lankesh’s murder. In a previous interview to the Indian Express, he had said, “I did plan on leaving and put up a goodbye post after a rather rough night.The reaction of the right-wing under these numerous articles made me realize why I started this page in the first place. Many were gloating about how the fear of a bullet worked and that dissenters should take note.”

The last conversation this reporter had with him was over a month ago, when he had raised concerns and allegations that Facebook was controlling its reach and visibility and that hundreds of followers found the page automatically unfollowed.

He had launched the page after a heated exchange with a ‘nationalist’ friend. Apart from the satirical website, Satyanash.com, which he launched in November, a book with Humans of Hindutva posts was also in the works.

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  1. Amit S
    Jan 1, 2018 at 11:54 pm
    Where one page went down, there are several others that will jump up to fill the void. s: facebook /HindutvaState/ , s: facebook /SusuSwamy/ etc are just a couple.
    1. duckwalker indian
      Dec 30, 2017 at 3:12 am
      Indian Express is a Madrasa n they give a platform to anybody who wants to defame or rant against d Hindus...no one ever gets trolled for writing a decent article...only d lynch mob Lutyens media n d jurnos who r a spinoff from Indian Express madrasa gets trolled....so does people like Shekar Gupta Barkha Rana Ayub Nidhi Razdhan sagarika etc to name a few liars who propogate n churn out lies n support people like Khanya Kumar etc who says Bharat ll be cut into pieces not be trolled back for their attempt to destroy this great Country just for their petty personal agenda....these people started flourishing becos ordinary honest citizens of this Country could nt take it anymore of their nonsense...do they expect us to grin and bear all our lives n only their opinion counts in this country
      1. duckwalker indian
        Dec 30, 2017 at 2:57 am
        this is amusing when people who troll us cant take trolls from us
        1. Gurvinder Singh
          Dec 30, 2017 at 12:35 am
          Trolls try their best to confuse the commentators. A few genuine citizens too get carried away. Truth anyway prevails and at the core of heart everyone knows it.
          1. Abhay Nandan
            Dec 30, 2017 at 12:12 am
            Whatever was motive of this man, whether he started to quit it a day or he is genuinely scared, this kind of event is unprecedented.
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