Days after micro-blogging site Twitter hired a 30-year-old Kashmiri, Raheel Khursheed, as their India head for ‘news, politics and government,’ right-wing bloggers and supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi are up in arms for Khursheed’s removal from the post, calling him anti-Hindu and a separatist sympathizer.
Bloggers have filed a petition through Change.org addressed to CEO of Twitter Dick Costolo, warning him that Twitter would “lose all credibility” with Khursheed's appointment. The petition has so far been collected more than 2500 signatures.
“Mr. Khursheed for past many years through his tweets has displayed sheer contempt and hate for NDA's Prime Minister Candidate Mr. Narendra Modi, even calling him a mass murderer. He also openly supported Kashmiri separatists, again through his tweets,” the petition reads.
Narender Modi is a right wing Hindu leader who was Chief Minister of Gujrat district during the 2002 anti-Muslim riots in which more than 2,000 people were killed, most of them Muslims. Modi has been consistently accused for his role in allowing the massacre of Muslims and has been refused visas by various countries, including the US.
Ironically, Khursheed was previously communications director for Change.org in India, the same platform through which right wing BJP supporters want to oust him from Twitter.
As Twitter’s India head for ‘news, politics and government,’ a post in only a few emerging countries, Khursheed is responsible for managing, tracking and expanding Twitter's relationships with journalists, editors, government officials and politicians, and increasing the active usage of Twitter.
Born and raised in southern Kashmir's Anantnag district, Raheel Khursheed has a masters in journalism and previously worked as a correspondent for two major English news channels before shifting to online activism.
Khursheed has remained silent through the entire campaign against him and has declined to comment on the issue.
“I am not authorized to make a comment and you will have to seek a response from Twitter,” Khursheed said.
AAGüncelleme Tarihi: 09 Ocak 2014, 17:45