Historian Yuval Noah Harari speaking to Rahul Kanwal of India Today TV said blaming Muslims for the spread of pandemic is “complete nonsense and extremely dangerous.”
NEW DELHI – Yuval Noah Harari, an internationally acclaimed historian from Israel, urged Indians to shun hatred and develop solidarity to fight the coronavirus pandemic, a global health crisis that has brought the world to halt.
Harari expressed his concern over the rise in the incidence of hate crimes against Muslims in India who are being falsely accused of spreading Coronavirus in the country.
India must stop harassing Muslims: @harari_yuval
— Amina (@LuvAminaKausar) April 15, 2020
Harari, while speaking to Rahul Kanwal of India Today TV, made an appeal to the people not to fan hatred but love and solidarity.
He said: “India faces an enormous challenge… but I can’t comment on how the government should respond because I don’t understand enough. But I would urge people to act not with hatred but with solidarity, both with other countries and especially with different communities within India.”
He said he was worried about some stories “blaming the epidemic on the Muslim minorities even saying that this is a deliberate act of terrorism.”
. @harari_yuval is my hero.
He tells Rahul Kanwal that he is worried when he hears stories of how some people in India are blaming the epidemic as a "deliberate act of terrorism" by Muslims which is "complete nonsense". He says it's a time for solidarity.pic.twitter.com/YgvHx7VHyU
— Zainab Sikander (@zainabsikander) April 14, 2020
This, he said was “complete nonsense and extremely dangerous”. “In this time we do not need hatred. We need solidarity. We need love between people.”
A video clip of Harari was widely shared on social media platforms with people pointing out how his comments left Kanwal, the anchor, speechless.
Observe Kanwal's body language as Harari says India must stop harassing Muslims.
Thank you, Harari. Indeed, the human solidarity is the way-forward. pic.twitter.com/iHjMfe6gdt
— Ovais Sultan Khan (@OvaisSultanKhan) April 14, 2020
Few days back, Kanwal courted controversy after he broadcasted a report claiming that madrasas (Islamic seminaries) are hotspots of Coronavirus. He was slammed for promoting Islamophobia by vilifying poor Muslim children.
When Yuval Harari in this interview says that some people in India are spreading hate against Muslims during the pandemic, he was also referring to the anchor he was speaking to. https://t.co/DVY9ZltvC8
— M Tahir (@TahirFiraz) April 14, 2020
I haven't seen a more uncomfortable @rahulkanwal in years. Shows how much the powers to be shakes when truth is spoken to their face. I wish Yuval Norah Harari would realise the communal hatred he is talking about has seen some of the worst manifestations on Rahul's shows earlier
— richa singh (@richa_singh) April 15, 2020