New Delhi: Former India cricketer Irfan Pathan on Friday took to Twitter and put up an open-ended tweet that obliquely hinted at the rising tensions over the incidents of communal violence that took place in various parts of the country lately. The former all rounder, in his tweet explained how beautiful India is but at the same time end his post with a ‘BUT’, worrying about country’s future keeping in mind the clashes taking place all over.
“My country, my beautiful country, has the potential to be the greatest country on earth. BUT… … …”, he tweeted.
My country, my beautiful country, has the potential to be the greatest country on earth.BUT………
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan)
Though Pathan did not clear the context of this tweet, but internet was quick enough to related it to the series of developments taking place in the socio-political space. While Pathan’s tweet was liked and retweeted by many, one of his former colleagues and Delhi Capitals player Amit Mishra completed the ellipsis hours later.
Mishra, who is also a bowler, in an indirect response to Pathan wrote: “My country, my beautiful country, has the potential to be the greatest country on earth… only if some people realise that our constitution is the first book to be followed.”
My country, my beautiful country, has the potential to be the greatest country on earth…..only if some people realise that our constitution is the first book to be followed.
— Amit Mishra (@MishiAmit)
Mishra’s tweet was said to be a response to Pathan’s rhetoric as many Twitter users started retweeting former’s tweet in comparison with Pathan’s post.
Various incident of communal violence have came to light over the last few weeks, recent one being the standoff which took place in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri area when clashes broke out between the two groups of people when a Shobha Yatra procession was passing through the road just next to Kusal Cinema Hall, on the opposite side of which is a mosque.
Sevral videos shared on the internet showed people wielding swords and chanting religious slogans just before the clashes broke out. Days later, North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) carried out a demolition drive in violence-hit Jahangirpuri area fueling the anger of people.
The anti-encroachment drive began in the Jahangirpuri area at around 10.40 am on April 20. Several shops were demolished by JCBs amid opposition from the residents and shop-owners. Later in the day, Supreme Court ordered status quo over the demolition drive and the bulldozers were halted to further carry out the demolition.