Indian Army Removes Iftar Photos Tweet After Hindutva Supporters Object


Suresh Chavanke

Clarion India

NEW DELHI – The public relations officer (PRO) for the defence ministry in Jammu have taken down a tweet which includes photographs of an iftar party in Doda, Jammu and Kashmir allegedly after being trolled by Hindutva supporters on social media.

Hindutva news channel Sudarshan News’ editor-in-chief, Suresh Chavhanke was the one among those who raised objections to the army’s display of communal harmony.

“Keeping alive the traditions of secularism, an Iftaar was organised by the Indian Army at Arnora in Doda district,” the PRO had tweeted on April 21.

The photos depicted the iftar gathering, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the army’s Rashtriya Rifles’ Delta force mingling with local Muslims, and a uniformed individual offering namaz with civilians.

Suresh Chavhanke, tweeted later that day stating, “Ab ye bimari Bhartiya sena mein bhi ghuss gayi hai?” Dukhad…” (Has this sickness now spread to the Indian army too? Sad).

The Indian army and the defence PRO did not respond to Chavhanke’s remarks, but the PRO defence (Jammu) deleted the initial tweet of the iftar.

Lt Col Devender Anand, PRO defence (Jammu), who deleted the tweet, declined to comment on the deletion of the tweet when contacted, Indian Express reported.

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