A day after he was appointed governor of Tripura, Tathagata Roy used his Twitter handle @tathagata2 to put out a message: “Thanks to all twipple who congratulated me. Please appreciate that I can’t reply individually. And, alas, no more political tweets.”
The Kolkata-based Roy, who claims in his Twitter profile that his “mission” is “to preserve history of exodus of Hindus from East Bengal”, has repeatedly voiced his fears of what he calls “the Islamic takeover of West Bengal”.
In one tweet on March 23, he said: “One exception (to Hindus running away) was Gujarat, 2002. I’m glad you appreciate what the Hindus did then.”
In another, he said: “Congrats UP BJP fr bringing issue of Love Jihad to the fore. We in West Bengal must perhaps do the same to save hapless gullible Hindu girls.”
His messages on Twitter and blog postings also show him to be a person extremely worried about “Islamic takeover” of West Bengal and “genuine anti-Hindu pogroms”.
“I sometimes think how lucky I am, that I am nearly 70 and won’t live to see the Islamic takeover of West Bengal,” he tweeted on April 2.
On April 26, he tweeted, “39 yrs of Left & Pseudoleft, Mamata rule inexorably pushing W Bengal twds de-industrialization, anarchy and Islamic takeover.”
When asked about these tweets, Roy said, “Until the President of India appointed me Governor, I am every inch a politician and, therefore, entitled to my political views. If those hurt someone’s idea of political correctness or political hypocrisy, I am sorry. But I am not that same person anymore. I am beyond politics now.”
His “political views” are there in his blogs. In an August 17, 2013 post, he has explained why he thinks the Islamic takeover will happen.
He claims Muslims have been buying property in Kolkata and its surroundings “at a brisk pace” and often “well above” prevailing market prices, and that “huge mosques” have been springing up in remote corners of West Bengal.
“Suddenly one sees a lot of skull-cap clad men and burqa-clad women where there were none before,” he says.
Roy has also gone after the “secular hypocrisy” of political parties. “In Gujarat, some Hindus and Muslims killed one (an)other, so bring down the sky. In Kishtwar, Muslims are unilaterally killing Hindus, so silence,” he says in one of his tweets. He also refers to activist Teesta Setalvad as “Begum”.