At a time when the youth across the country are agitating and standing in solidarity with Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia University students against the police crackdown on protesters, a screenshot of an Instagram post claimed to be by BCCI chief and former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly’s 18-year-old daughter Sana, went viral on social media in which she quoted an excerpt from Khushwant Singh’s novel The End of India that was published in 2003.
The post, which was claimed to be critical of the newly enacted Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA), was widely circulated on social media platforms and garnered mixed reactions.
Ganguly took to Twitter and pleaded to keep his daughter out of any political discourse. “Please keep Sana out of all this issues .. this post is not true .. she is too young a girl to know about anything in politics,” tweeted the BCCI chief.
The excerpt from Khushwant Singh’s novel shared purportedly by Sana read: Every fascist regime needs communities and groups it can demonise in order to thrive. It starts with one group or two. But it never ends there. A movement built on hate can only sustain itself by continually creating fear and strife.”
“Those of us today who feel secure because we are not Muslims or Christians are living in a fool’s paradise. The Sangh is already targeting the Leftist historians and ‘Westernized’ youth.”
“Tomorrow it will turn its hate on women who wear skirts, people who eat meat, drink liquor, watch foreign films, don’t go on annual pilgrimages to temples, use toothpaste instead of danth manjan, prefer allopathic doctors to vaids, kiss or shake hands in greeting instead of shouting ‘Jai Shri Ram’. No one is safe. We must realise this if we hope to keep India alive”.
The CAA seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslim religious minorities in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh. Massive protests against the new citizenship law have taken the country by storm.
However, Ganguly’s remark on his daughter’s post did not go down well with netizens. A section of social media users came out in support of Sana and asked Ganguly “to not scold her”. Tweeps praised the young girl for her “maturity”.
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