Shillong: Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy found himself entangled in controversy yet again for his appeal to the public to “boycott everything Kashmiri”. The controversial appeal by the Governor comes in response to the deadly attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama on February 14.
Taking to Twitter the Governor posted:
An appeal from a retired colonel of the Indian Army: Don’t visit Kashmir, don’t go to Amarnath for the next 2 years. Don’t buy articles from Kashmir emporia or Kashmiri tradesman who come every winter. Boycott everything Kashmiri. I am inclined to agree
His tweet attracted condemnation from all corners since it came at a time when Kashmiri youths and students allege harassment in various parts of the country.
Without wasting much time Roy soon tried to clarify that he was not advocating for a total economic shutdown of Kashmir and instead claimed to have quoted a "retired colonel of the Indian Army"
The BJP leader turned Governor is not new to controversies and has made headlines for his comments on several occasions. Earlier in 2011, following the Mumbai terror attacks, Roy sparked a row when he said that the Muslims killed in the Mumbai terror attacks were not innocent.
“10th anniversary today of Paki-sponsored slaughter of innocents (except Muslims) at Mumbai, popularly called 26/11. Does anyone remember why we didn’t even downgrade our diplomatic relations with the Pakis (let alone break off such relations or go to war)?” the post read.