Popular nationalist senior journalist Rohit Sardana recently succumbed to Covid-19. His sudden death brought the nationalists in India to a standstill. But some people were seen celebrating his death. Who they were? Writes Ashlyn Davis
Popular nationalist senior journalist Rohit Sardana succumbed to Covid-19 last week. His sudden demise brought the nationalists in India to a standstill; millions broke down in tears as Twitter went abuzz with condolences pouring in from politicians, media personalities and fans. But there also came celebratory tweets, storms of laughter and piles of smile emojis gloating over the death of a man of 41, who left a mourning wife and two children behind.
But who would celebrate a death in a civilized society? Some Muslims could! Muslim politicians, youth leaders, journalists and activists celebrated the passing away of a lone nationalist journalist, and more so, that of a religious Hindu.
A popular columnist from a leftist media platform, Sharjeel Usmani, abused the deceased as a “pathological liar” and “genocide enabler,” and declared that Rohit Sardana shall not be remembered as a journalist. After receiving heavy flak from Sardana’s followers, Usmani’s supporters descended in large numbers, backing Usman on Twitter.
Mohammad Ibrar, a correspondent for India’s leading news daily, the Times of India, took to Twitter to assert: “Death doesn’t absolve crimes.” He insisted that Sardana had committed “crimes against humanity” and that his alleged misdeeds should be highlighted at this moment as well.
Another Muslim journalist who joined the rest in this shameless gloating over another journalist’s death was Zainab Sikander Siddiqui, who brazenly called Sardana a lapdog.
An “activist” and favorite of the leftist cabal, Zainab Sikander, who was arrested for her communal comments that allegedly incited riots in Delhi last year and is out on bail now, was also spotted rejoicing over the senior journalist’s untimely demise, and she penned some of the choicest profanities in his memory.
Imtiyaaz Hussain, a member of the Indian National Congress, a “youth icon” at that, expressed his gratitude to the Almighty for taking away Sardana. “There may be a delay, but there is no darkness in His world,” he tweeted, insinuating that this death was a sliver of sunshine.
Though we have recounted only a handful of tweets by eminent Muslim personalities, we witnessed all avenues of the virtual world brimming with hateful statements by Muslims cheering this death. There were groups made on Facebook only to throw a virtual party commemorating this misfortune.
When people tried to report these groups and posts under Facebook’s “hate speech” rules, Facebook turned down the requests, stating that the content of these posts or groups did not go against their community standards.
Now one must believe that the late Rohit Sardana was a horrible human being completely bereft of human conscience. Why else would people be exhilarated by his departure from this world? No. Sardana was among the handful of nationalist journalists in Indian media and an ardent Hindu. These are two qualities that many Muslims and the liberal lobby abhor with a burning passion.
Sardana would take on anti-India forces and pro-Sharia Muslims on live TV debates, as no one else would. He was the only journalist in his league who brought the brutal murder of the three-year-old Hindu toddler Tinkle Sharma at the hands of her Muslim neighbors to the discussion table. In secular India, that is a taboo. You don’t question the wrongdoing committed by the “minority.”
Rohit questioned moviemakers who had repeatedly derided the Hindu faith and never dared present anything remotely critical of Islam. This made him the target of jihadis, who repeatedly threatened him of dire consequences.
An ardent religious nationalist, Sardana never called for the death of his ideological opponents or encouraged his followers to cast terror into anyone’s hearts. As social media personality Sonam Mahajan put it, “He never urged anyone to strike above anyone’s neck, Rohit never asked anyone to not take Christians or Jews as friends. Rohit didn’t spread hate, he stood up to hate.”
Hence, upon his demise, all the elements and factions of hate flocked together to have an open, unapologetic celebration. And this was not the first time some Muslims in India have danced on dead Hindu bodies.
Back in 2019, when a popular leader serving as the Minister of External Affairs of India, Sushma Swaraj, breathed her last, social media users using Muslim names had a virtual celebration. That Swaraj had cancelled her meetings after hearing of a terror attack on Muslim children in Peshawar, Pakistan, that she had rescued Indian Muslim men and women trapped in Pakistan, that she had rushed to the aid of Pakistani Muslim girls and children, couldn’t preclude these jihadis from leaving laughing emojis in the millions after her demise, all because she was a Hindu and a member of the nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Indian Hindus were not surprised. They had witnessed such celebrations after the death of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as well. Vajpayee was another ardent Hindu, another committed nationalist.
Celebrities and pop-culture figures were not spared, either, even if they had no political inclinations. Their deaths were applauded openly.
These people didn’t even shy away from chuckling when Islamic terrorist Adil Dar rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into an Indian army convoy, claiming 48 Bravehearts. Some Muslims in India were in high spirits, and Indians watched as a wave of elation flowed from social media users bearing names belonging to one particular demography.
India is a densely populated country, with 1.38 billion people brushing against each other. When some of the Hindus in India die, there are Muslims in the country who are just waiting to take to social media and revel in their deaths.