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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