Marathi author gets ‘death threat’ after controversial remarks against PM Modi

"I do not accept Modi under whose tenure Gujarat carnage happened...but I have no problem with this Modi who talks of Buddha and Gandhi and goes to Pakistan for establishing peace despite threats to his life," Sabnis said.

Written by MANOJ MORE | Pune | Published:January 2, 2016 7:52 pm
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A day after the Pimpri-Chinchwad BJP unit asked him resign over his alleged derogatory remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Shripal Sabnis, author and president of the 18th Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan on Saturday remained defiant while asserting that he “will not apologise even if BJP members hang him.”

In fact, Sabnis, who has authored 29 books, on Saturday filed police complaint with Umarga police in Marathwada after receiving alleged death threats from two BJP members. Sabnis, a Puneite, had gone to Marathwada to deliver a speech at an academic institute.

“I have received two phone calls around 1 pm. today. The callers asked me to apologise for my remarks against Narendra Modi. They said if I do not apologise, they will kill me,” Sabnis said on Saturday evening. Sabnis added that he has filed complaints with Umarga police. It will be now the responsibility of the state government and the Chief Minister to ensure his safety.

On Friday, BJP Pimpri-Chinchwad unit burnt an effigy of Sabnis over his controversial remarks against the Narendra Modi relating to Gujarat carnage during his tenure as chief minister. Sabnis had made the remarks during a speech at a college at Akurdi Pimpri-Chinchwad on Thursday. “I do not accept Modi under whose tenure Gujarat carnage happened…but I have no problem with this Modi who talks of Buddha and Gandhi and goes to Pakistan for establishing peace despite threats to his life,” Sabnis had said, triggering protests from BJP which has threatened to stop him from descending on the dias of the Marathi literary meet which is going to take place in Pimpri-Chinchwad from January 15. Sabnis has been appointed president of the meet.

Sabnis said he has not said anything wrong and therefore there is no reason for him to apologise. “The Indian constitution has given me freedom of speech and nobody has the right to take away that right from me. I will speak against what is wrong and speak in favour of what is right. I have constitutional right for doing this,” he said.

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    Abhinav Gour
    Jan 2, 2016 at 4:30 pm
    It is unfortunate. Creative people should desist from speaking out but instead commit their opinions in written words. This will be a sure sign of their courage.
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  2. मनीष
    Jan 3, 2016 at 5:29 am
    Every time when India is terrorized by stanis, Indian Muslims have provided support to those stani terrorists. Enough is enough. Excluding the SICKulars, any Indian who wants to contribute to the war against terrorism in India, should stop buying things made in an Islamic country and stop doing business with a Muzzie owned store/business. You have to act!
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      Imran
      Jan 3, 2016 at 1:17 pm
      How some people justify killing of people on the basis of caste,Creed and religion.... I think they con not be considered as human beings..... They are the enemy of humanity.......
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        ambrish
        Jan 4, 2016 at 1:43 pm
        IT IS SURPRISING THAT DESPITE THE SUPREME ,COURT AFTER 12 YEARS OF INVESTIGATION UNDER CONGRESS RAJ GAVE CLEAN CHIT , SOME INTELLECTUALLY BLIND PEOPLE KEEPS HARPING ON WHAT THEY BELIEVE. IT IS DISRESPECTUL OF THE LANDS HIGHEST COURT AND SHOULD BE PUNISHABLE TO MALIGN SOME ONE. THIS CLEARLY SHOWS HATRED AND INTOLERANCE FOR THE P.M MODI. IT IS EQUALLY WRONG TO THREATEN SOMEONE FOR SUCH STUPID REMARKS.
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          Bijan Mohanty
          Jan 2, 2016 at 3:20 pm
          Modiji who speaks so much about tolerance inside and outside thwe country should take action against the intolerant elements within his party and other religious cadres. Why is he silent on action points ? Mere talk will not do.
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            Bijan Mohanty
            Jan 3, 2016 at 11:11 am
            An thinks that the w world is full of s. Pl. check up.
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              Bijan Mohanty
              Jan 3, 2016 at 11:18 am
              How do you know ?
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                Bijan Mohanty
                Jan 3, 2016 at 11:17 am
                Suppose you say Modi is a mad fellow , then what happens ? You are raising ic questions.
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