Mishra, who claims to be a “Hindutva Thinker” on his Twitter handle, is followed by a score of Union ministers, including Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Minister of Culture Mahesh Sharma. He has over 14,000 followers on Twitter.
What was surprising was the kind of support Abhishek got for his outrageous deed. Some Twitter users blatantly came in his defense and dubbed his discriminatory attitude as "freedom of expression" and said he has the right to choose.
Dear @TwitterIndia, have reported this account for spreading hate against a particular community, with no provocation whatsoever, please intiate action asap, moreover the blue tick is being used as a badge of honour for spewing hate, awaiting prompt action https://t.co/aYHgVfKUaN
— Ruben Mascarenhas (@rubenmasc) 22 April 2018
Tharoor said such people should be ostracised rather than admired and “followed”. “I remember an India where people who thought this way would have been ostracized rather than admired &”followed”. We need to #BringIndiannessBack,” he tweeted.
Abhishek Mishra's Facebook profile says he is from Ayodhya and works as an IT professional in Lucknow.