Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap Quits Twitter After Parents And Daughter Receive Threats
"Congratulations everyone on this new India and hope you all thrive."
Acclaimed Hindi filmmaker Anurag Kashyap of Gangs Of Wasseypur, Dev D and Gulaal fame on Saturday, August 10, deleted his Twitter account. Kashyap claimed that his family had received threats from unknown persons.
Kashyap, who has been a longtime critic of Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government wrote on Twitter before deactivating his account: “When your parents start to get calls, and your daughter gets online threats you know that no one wants to talk. There isn’t going to be reason or rationale.”
The director added, “Congratulations everyone on this new India and hope you all thrive. Wish you all the happiness and success. This would be my last tweet as I leave Twitter. When I won’t be allowed to speak my mind without fear, then I would rather not speak at all. Goodbye.”
Kashyap was recently among the 49 public intellectuals who wrote to the prime minister last month, expressing concern about the rising number of mob-lynching incidents against Muslims and Dalits. He had also criticised the Centre’s bid to amend Article 370.
“You know what is scary, that one man thinks that he knows exactly what’s the right thing to do for the benefit of 1,200,000,000 people and has the access to the power to execute it,” he had said.