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'Bengali boys sweep floors, girls are bar dancers': Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy's shocking tweets

While Some Of His Twitter Followers Supported Him, Others Slammed Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy For Making Generalised Statements About Bengalis.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Raghwendra Shukla | Updated on: 06 Jun 2019, 07:45:16 PM
Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy. (File Photo: IANS)

New Delhi :

Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy, who is known for his controversial remarks, has stirred up a hornet's nest with a series of anti-Bengali tweets. Roy said Bengalis were either "sweeping floors" or working as "bar dancers" in Mumbai.

"There is no great opposition. They are only making empty noise for political reasons. Assam, Odisha and Maharashtra are also non-Hindi speaking states, but they don't oppose Hindi," Roy tweeted in Bangla on Tuesday. 

He further said: "The second argument is that Bengal being the land of Vidyasagar, Vivekananda, Rabindranath and Netaji, why should Bengalis learn Hindi. I fail to understand what is the connection between these four great men and learning Hindi. 

"Who will explain to them that the era of these stalwarts is long gone, and the greatness of Bengal is gone too. Now from Haryana to Kerala, Bengali boys are sweeping floors and Bengali girls are bar dancers in Mumbai, which was unthinkable before."

While some of his Twitter followers supported him,  others slammed the Governor for making generalised statements about Bengalis, arguing that youth from many other states also did similar works, not because they didn't know Hindi, but due to the lack of opportunities.

In February, Roy had stoked a major row by supporting an appeal made by a "retired Colonel of Indian Army" asking people to "boycott everything that is Kashmiri" in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack. 

"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," Roy had tweeted.

With Agency Inputs

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First Published : 06 Jun 2019, 07:45:16 PM