"While trying to oppose learning of Hindi, some Bengalis are offering two arguments.... First, the southern states are opposing. They should know that there is no serious opposition in the south, except in Tamil Nadu. They are making some empty noises only for political reasons," Roy wrote in Bengali on his official Twitter handle on Tuesday.
Roy, a former BJP leader, stoked a controversy early this week by tweeting in support of an (unnamed) retired Army officer’s suggestion to boycott Kashmir and Kashmiris economically. Here are some of his most controversial statements.
"It is a non-violent way of reacting to what has been going on for the last 2-3 decades... we have been fighting the separatists in Kashmir with limited success, we have not been able to subjugate them - our soldiers are dying."
"All these are things of the past or barely existing", Tathagata Roy said. According to him, engineering exports from the east used to account for 50 per cent to 60 per cent of India's overall figure. "This has now dwindled to less than 15 per cent."