Veteran playwright / director and actor, Yogesh Soman, who is also Director at Academy Of Theatre Arts , University Of Mumbai, has been shunted out by the varsity in Congress-ruled Maharashtra for “objectionable remarks” against Rahul Gandhi.
Yogesh Soman, who has acted in films like Drishyam and Uri: The Surgical Strike, was sent on compulsory leave after Congress student body NSUI and other left-controlled student organisations AISF (Kanhaiya Kumar is an ex-member) and Chatra Bharati staged protests against him. A Maharashtra Congress spokesperson defended the decision, terming it “cleansing” of the education system by removing “inefficient persons with RSS ideology & background.”
Several inefficient persons with RSS ideology & background holding different posts in education system. Action against Mumbai University faculty member #YogeshSoman not intolerance but cleansing education system of such elements: Maharashtra Congress spokesperson
— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) January 15, 2020
Yogesh Soman had criticized Rahul Gandhi for his unseemly jibe at freedom fighter VD Savarkar when the ex-Congress President was asked to apologize for his ‘rape in India’ comment.
Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant ‘praised’ the NSUI for ‘saving the Constitution’ and threatened further action against the veteran actor. NSUI National Secretary Nikhil Kamble demanded Soman’s sacking claiming he does not conduct any lecture and attempted to impose a particular ideology on students.
The Congress hate for Savarkar and pretty much any public icon who does not kow-tow to their first family was evident in another action against an academic in Madhya Pradesh. In Ratlam district, the Congress government suspended a govt. school principal for allowing an NGO to distribute a book about freedom fighter Veer Savarkar.
Principal R.N. Kerawat is a Maths expert and received a Presidential award in the year 2010. Would the Congress Govt. had taken similar action if an NGO had distributed literature about Gandhi, Nehru or Mother Teresa? And is the punishment meted out to the Principal in proportion to his ‘crime’? These are questions which none in Lutyens’ media will pose to the Congress High Command, Sonia Gandhi.
This brazen intimidation of academics invoked sharp reactions from netizens.
Congress MO if anyone praise #Savarkar they face suspension & if you say something to their masters you face suspension but @narendramodi is Fascist!!! @BJP4India @JPNadda @ChouhanShivraj #YogeshSoman pic.twitter.com/4rdsPyOTs1
— Aashi (@Aashi_2m) January 15, 2020
The Congress govt. in Rajasthan had shown similar fascist tendencies by arresting actress Payal Rohatgi from her Ahmedabad residence over a social media post criticising the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty.
Look at the hypocrisy of champions of freedom of expression gang??
He was sent on compulsory leave by MVA govt on demands of NSUI and AISF.
— Arvind Vishwakarma ?? (@ArvindVishwak10) January 15, 2020
But long-time political observers have always known that it is the Congress and Left who exhibit fascist streaks whenever in power. The benchmark was set by PM Nehru bringing the first amendment to our brand new Constitution in 1951 to suppress criticism by his political opponents. Indira Gandhi imposed Emergency and our left-liberal media elites responded by ‘crawling when asked to bend’. Sonia Gandhi carried the legacy forward with ruthlessness by bringing Section 66A to police social media, the Act thankfully was struck down by Supreme Court.
Now, with a mere 44 seats, Congress in alliance with Shiv Sena (56) and NCP (54) is calling the shots in Maharashtra, and imposing its writ ruthlessly in all states ruled by it to control the minds of future generations.
Whereas the central government, routinely castigated as ‘fascist’ and ‘intolerance’ by mainstream media & intelligentsia, is struggling to control a central University like JNU where lumpen students and a radical-left controlled teacher’s body JNUTA have maintained their chokehold on the institution and resisted all attempts at reform by VC Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar.
Only in India!
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