Surat trader followed by PM Modi on Twitter: ‘I never heard of Gauri Lankesh, I was a nobody until that tweet’

The 38-year-old has since deleted the tweet and changed his Twitter profile which earlier mentioned, among other things, “Honored To Be Followed by PM Sh. @narendramodi Ji”. It now simply announces “Hindu Nationalist” with 31,000 followers as of tonight — up about 3,000 in three days.

Written by Parimal A Dabhi , Kamal Saiyed | Surat/ahmedabad | Updated: September 9, 2017 8:50 am
Slain journalist Gauri Lankesh and the now-deleted tweet by Nikhil Dadhich (inset)

“Ek kutiya kutte ki maut kya mari saare pille ek sur mein bilbila rahe hain” (a bitch died a dog’s death and the litter began wailing in one voice).

Surat garments trader Nikhil Dadhich, followed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter, is at the centre of a storm over this tweet he put out shortly after the killing of Bengaluru journalist Gauri Lankesh on September 5. Ask him about it three days later and he says, “It was a normal tweet”.

The 38-year-old has since deleted the tweet and changed his Twitter profile which earlier mentioned, among other things, “Honored To Be Followed by PM Sh. @narendramodi Ji”. It now simply announces “Hindu Nationalist” with 31,000 followers as of tonight — up about 3,000 in three days.

“Many people posted positive and negative things on the death of Gauri Lankesh. I had never heard of or met Gauri Lankesh. I was a nobody until that tweet. Some people gave it a political angle and created a controversy. I now receive anonymous calls and have both good and bad experiences,” Dadhich told The Indian Express.

He says he does not know why the Prime Minister follows him on Twitter. “Ever since the last Parliamentary elections, I have been active on social media including Twitter. I am fond of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He is my ideal along with Swami Vivekananda.”

From Napasar in Bikaner district of Rajasthan, Dadhich was a regular at the RSS shakha in his village. He graduated from the Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati (MDS) University before moving to Surat fifteen years ago. He is still a regular at the shakha.

Dadhich, his wife, and two sons — 15 and 7 years old — live with the family of his elder brother. He has a shop in the Hari Om market in the Ring Road area which has been shut for a year now; he opened a women’s garment firm in Bhatena area in Salabatpura.

He said that after his tweet created a storm, his family was “under tension” and “my elder brother Jayant and relatives advised me to go to our native place and stay there for a few days, and keep my phone switched off”. “(But) I am getting good support from my social media friends,” he said.

His followers include Union Minister Giriraj Singh and BJP North Gujarat media cell in-charge Parag Sheth.

Asked about Dadhich, Sheth told The Indian Express: “Yes, I follow him. But I do not think I have met him ever. He does not hold any position in the party. He is probably from Surat or somewhere else.”

On the tweet about Lankesh, Sheth said: “If you connect the tweet with the subsequent comments on it, then I think it’s a nasty tweet and should be condemned.”

Sheth said he would not unfollow Dadhich on Twitter. “One person following another (on social media) does not give a character certificate to the latter. And I think it’s a norm of social media that once you have followed a person, you should never unfollow him,” Sheth said.

“Prime Minister has never blocked anybody. Before he assumed the office of Prime Minister, the previous PMO had blocked many Twitter handles. But Saheb has got all of them unblocked. He believes in dialogue with the people of the country and does not block anyone,” Sheth said.

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    TIKAKUMAR
    Sep 10, 2017 at 2:26 pm
    In fact 99.9 of the politicians , journalists in the country never knew who was en-cash Lankesh .It only after death a section of Media and politicians wants to en cash by shedding crocodile tears.Several journalists were also killed no politicians nor the media who are now crying so loudly never bothered to take up the cause because it did not suit them. at Lau Yadav's house a journalist was beaten up . Why no body in fact no politicians nor the media now so vocal raised hue and cry nor condemned it .It looks like these journalists are all paid to make such noises . Their antecedents should be investigated to find out their past alignment
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      SuryaNarayana
      Sep 10, 2017 at 2:24 pm
      40,000 Rohingya muslims have illegally entered India from Myanmar and they are being trained as terrorists, a member said in the Lok Sabha on Thursday and urged the government to take action against them. Raising the issue, BJD member B Mahtab said the situation is alarming. May be Rohingya Muslim as Muslims are terrorists they do any thing
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        sahil
        Sep 10, 2017 at 2:23 pm
        that he is a regular at the shakha is enough introduction of his intellect
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          Avnish
          Sep 10, 2017 at 1:25 pm
          I am all for Modi and his development agenda, but his rise has unfortunately given an opportunity to these hatemongers, narrow minded organizations like the RSS and others of its ilk to do whatever they want. India is not about Hindus only. What do you think Modi meant when he said Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas?
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            vikash
            Sep 10, 2017 at 10:11 am
            the death of gauri lankesh make her HERO.If she alive then she would be nothing but a journalist.
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