BJP MP Paresh Rawal targets scholar Partha Chatterjee for comparing Army chief to General Dyer

In a series of tweets against Partha Chatterjee, Paresh Rawal accused the academician of being ignorant, biased and "stupid". Coming to Bipin Rawat's defence, Rawal said General Dyer fired at a peaceful gathering while the Indian Army chief has to deal with terrorists.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 7, 2017 12:40 pm
Paresh Rawal, Partha Chatterjee, Bipin Rawat, General Dyer, PAresh rawal twitter, In a series of tweets against Partha Chatterjee, Paresh Rawal accused the academician of being ignorant, biased and “stupid”.

BJP MP Paresh Rawal hit back at scholar Partha Chatterji for his article on The Wire, comparing Army chief Bipin Rawat to British General Dyer. In a series of tweets against Chatterjee, Rawal accused the academician of being ignorant, biased and “stupid”. Coming to Rawat’s defence, Rawal said General Dyer fired at a peaceful gathering while the Indian Army chief has to deal with terrorists.

“Gen Rawat compared with Gen Dyer !!! the termite clan crawls out of woodwork again !!!,” Rawat tweeted. He followed this up with “Some maggots die in their own filth …!”, while replying to another user who said “attention is oxygen for these termites”.

Rawat then went on to say: “Partha Chaterji is a scholar n it’s so commendable he does not allow academic qualifications to come in the way of his ignorance n bias !

“Gen Dyer fired on peaceful crowd n Gen Rawat deals with terrorists ! O Chatterji wake up n smell some coffee !

“Scholar Partha Chatterji requires licence to be that stupid !!!”

On June 4, Chatterjee defended his article saying: “I have nothing to say. I have written what I have written. I am not changing anything at all.”

In an article titled “In Kashmir, India Is Witnessing Its General Dyer Moment”, Partha Chaterjee wrote: “There are chilling similarities between the justifications advanced for the actions of the British Indian army in Punjab in 1919 and those being offered today in defence of the acts of the Indian army in Kashmir.”

Chatterjee was referring to Rawat justifying the actions of Major Leetul Gogoi when he tied a Kashmiri man to the bonnet of his jeep to deter stone-pelters. Gogoi received a commendation card for “for sustained efforts on counter-insurgency”.

Earlier, Rawat was in the news for suggesting that the Army should tie renowned author and human rights activist Arundhati Roy to a jeep instead of a stone-pelter. “Instead of tying stone pelter on the army jeep tie Arundhati Roy!” Rawal had tweeted.

His tweet drew wide spread condemnation from users on Twitter, saying that the Ahmedabad East MP was inciting violence.

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    Shrey
    Jun 10, 2017 at 5:04 am
    Pity that Indian Express care not enough to check that it is Rawal and not Rawat.
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      Raj
      Jun 8, 2017 at 10:56 am
      Areee.. yeh phir comedy kar raha hei.
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        bbnotc
        Jun 8, 2017 at 9:54 am
        as an MP, ie elected public servant, of India, shouldnt Paresh Rawal be concentrating on his cons uency? In fact, what has he done for his cons uency?
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          Rajneesh
          Jun 7, 2017 at 7:43 pm
          Its very saddening to know that country first defence is getting criticized every day. These type of comparision only weakens our morality and will effect country on long terms. I think a simple person earning two quarters think logically than scholars. How can General dyer who attacked peaceful mob and killed innocent people is compared with Today's Indian General who just supported the brave act of Gogoi who made it sure that no stone pelters harm army personnel and people who come to vote. Indians need to think where they are heading. Being pseudo secular is not the way if we cant support our country. Statement by Partha Chatterjee is worst in history. Be Practical Chatterjee Saheb. I request you to please go Kashmir. Spend a month with Army. And then be in position to write something vulgur like this. People like Partha has just made our country to suffer. These people are nothing less than termites. I would say Partha Chatterjee is just a Termite in Biological Way!
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            Citizen
            Jun 7, 2017 at 5:54 pm
            Some of the pseudo intellectuals educated ignorant s are doing more harm to the nation for the sake of cheap media coverage and popularity in the name of freedom of speech. Hope media would put an end to those article and their statements by imposing self regulation other wise readers/corporate advertisers should bring them to their senses that is the only way we can help our law enforcement guys to do their job. Kudos to general and other uniformed guys. Jaihind
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              Parth Garg
              Jun 7, 2017 at 5:32 pm
              Paresh Rawal is the new self-appointed trouble-shooter of BJP govt. Good addition to the regiment of Courtiers.
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                Babu Gupta
                Jun 7, 2017 at 5:20 pm
                I fully agree with Paresh Rawal. Our brave and patriotic army should be supported against anti nationals, traitors and militants. Partha Chaterjjee is one of the most ed up guy when he compares our military chief with General Dyer.
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                  rkannan
                  Jun 7, 2017 at 5:12 pm
                  There can be a debate about the correctness of Maj Gogoi's actions but clearly the comparison betwen his action and that of Dyer is illogical. Dyer ordered his troops to fire upon a peaceful crowd. Gogoi avoided firing. Chaterji clearly needs a mental examination for his comments.
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