Writer and disability campaigner thrashed in Goa theatre for not standing up during national anthem

Award-winning writer and disability campaigner Salil Chaturvedi, who suffers from spinal injury could not rise to his feet, when he was thrashed by a couple standing in the aisle above him.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:October 20, 2016 2:30 pm
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A disabled person was allegedly assaulted at a multiplex in Panaji, Goa when he didn’t stand up while the national anthem was being played, according to a Times of India report on Wednesday. Award-winning writer and disability campaigner Salil Chaturvedi, who suffers from spinal injury could not rise to his feet, when he was thrashed by a couple standing in the aisle above him.

According to the report, the husband hit Chaturvedi while the woman shouted “why can’t he get up?!” Chaturvedi turned and asked them “why don’t you just relax? Why do you have to get into people’s faces? You don’t know the story here. You will never know”.

Following this the couple again shouted at him and spoke about standing up during the anthem. However, later realising their error they backed out and fearing a police case, left the theatre.

As quoted by TOI, Chaturvedi said, “I can’t go. I’m afraid someone will hit me even harder, and worsen my spinal injury. I just don’t understand why it seems impossible for so many people to express patriotism in a non-aggressive manner.”

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    Onkar Singh
    Oct 21, 2016 at 7:52 am
    They reflect the traits of Modis,Advanis,and the one- dimensional RSS,and pseudo nationalists,pseudo- patriots,some will say why should Modi be accused?He is to be accused because he is a coward.As a head of the country,he doesn't know how to conduct himself.When the Dalits were thrashed in Gujarat he broke his silence when it dawned on the BJP that there would be a backlash of Dalits in UP elections.And when he opened his mouth,he was cowering cowardly.These people who stand up during National Anthem,should also question the corrupt politicians.But these don't have the capacity and courage to criticise them.
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      IyerIyengar
      Oct 20, 2016 at 11:56 am
      Or it could be that the right wing brigade of India is being exposed for what it it. A fake movememt with no real goals and manned by people who live off corruption instead of working hard like the rest of the citizens. "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel" Samuel Jackson.
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        IyerIyengar
        Oct 20, 2016 at 11:54 am
        Reciting a song does not mean anything. How will you gauge someone's level of respect? What does respect mean? You are parroting the talking points of a jingoist. No one should be made to display their patriotism. If you want to live in a country that mandates that, move to North Korea or stan. You are not fit to be in a free civilized society.
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          abhijit
          Oct 20, 2016 at 12:02 pm
          If true, very sad that people cannot distinguish between a disabled and a normal person.
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            Mathurwa
            Oct 20, 2016 at 4:43 pm
            More loyal than Royal chest beater fake patriots
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              Anuradha Kalhan
              Oct 20, 2016 at 11:13 pm
              The nation has reached an all time low under the sway of -lt;br/gt;pathetic, backward, primitive,aggressive Hindu Nationalism!
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                arc
                Oct 20, 2016 at 5:23 pm
                Read The Rise and Fall of Third Reich. You will know.
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                  arc
                  Oct 20, 2016 at 4:43 pm
                  Yes that is fascism, but fascists never know it.
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                    mark
                    Oct 20, 2016 at 5:25 pm
                    Well said, my friend.
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                      D
                      Oct 20, 2016 at 9:40 am
                      Wither India!lt;br/gt;that's what RSS want.
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                        pundit
                        Oct 20, 2016 at 5:51 pm
                        Hitherto inconsequential, intellectually void, socially looked down upon kind of people, of late have become very chauvinistically patriotic. The present government, with little achievement in every front have made nationalism as their only agenda to attract such people and they are successful to an extent. As pundit Nehru prophetically said,'The Communalism of the majority can easily be mistaken for Nationalism.
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                          Proud Bhakt
                          Oct 20, 2016 at 12:42 pm
                          SICKular , leftist , anti-national Libtards like you will see fake everywhere except in urself.. If you disrespect national anthem by not standing up , you will be beaten . Plain and simple. No use pretending to have spinal injury afterwards.
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                            Proud Bhakt
                            Oct 20, 2016 at 12:44 pm
                            You are NOT a patriot , you are a leftist-Libtard pretending to be one of us. If you disrespect national anthem by not standing up , you will be beaten . Plain and simple. No use pretending to have spinal injury afterwards.
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                              PS Azurite
                              Oct 20, 2016 at 9:47 am
                              The pseudo nationalism and the hype created around by so called rightists is a dangerous precedence. Citizens should be taught to follow the law of the country. Ban all those groups who are indirectly encouraged by main stream political parties.
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                                António de
                                Oct 20, 2016 at 6:16 pm
                                Fake Patriotism fuelled by present government!
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                                  Proud Bhakt
                                  Oct 20, 2016 at 10:28 am
                                  He is just doing Drama and lying about his spinal injury . How did he get to the theatre if he is paralyzed ?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;They should have thrashed him mercilessly , until he stood up to respect the National Anthem .lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;If you are paralyzed , why did you go to movie theatre ? Either get up for the national anthem or stay at home.
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                                    Loveall
                                    Oct 20, 2016 at 11:03 am
                                    You need not keep ur name as proud bhakt ,ur comment is enough to show that u r bhakt just from the moronic thinking u have ......cant expect better from a bhakt ...
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                                      ashamed
                                      Oct 20, 2016 at 12:14 pm
                                      It shows how these "nationalists" are becoming bold and brazen. They are taking law into their own hands with impunity. They are becoming the judge, jury, police and executioners. We need to awake before India turns into another Afghanistan or a Central African country.
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                                        Jai
                                        Oct 20, 2016 at 1:38 pm
                                        Bharat Mata Ki Jai.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Bhartiya Vasi Hai Hai.
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                                          JayHind
                                          Oct 21, 2016 at 4:55 am
                                          Patriot of rss
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                                            JayHind
                                            Oct 21, 2016 at 4:50 am
                                            Wake up 70% HINDUS OR LET BHARAT GET R E P D BY IMPO TENTS OF RSS
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