Shukla has clearly missed the memo on equality and decency, and also the one that explains that while the internet might be an infinite world, it’s also one where nothing is private. His old tweets have resurfaced to sully his image as a pious man. Notably, while he may have issues with a non-Hindu delivery executive, he’s perfectly comfortable demeaning both Hindu and non-Hindu women — he doesn’t discriminate between Priyanka Chopra and Taslima Nasreen.
Even as calls to uninstall Zomato continue, the company is also winning hearts. Congress leader P Chidambaram tweeted, “I have not ordered food so far, but I think I will do so now from Zomato.” While memes went into overdrive listing beloved things of non-Hindu origin, from biryanis to petrol, India’s law and order machinery stepped in too.
How: The Madhya Pradesh police took suo moto notice of the situation and announced their intention of taking preventive action against Shukla. The gentleman in the treacherous spotlight has been asked to give a written undertaking that he will not spread religious hatred. Amit Singh, the superintendent of police, Jabalpur, has told reporters that Shukla has been put under surveillance. If he tweets anything that is “against the ideals of the Constitution”, action will be taken against him. Shukla has now changed the privacy settings on his Twitter account to private.
A hungry man is said to be an angry man, one who can’t tell right from wrong. Shukla’s posts don’t make any reference to how long he’s been fasting. But one can’t help but wonder whether this brouhaha was simply his way of declaring his credentials as a “proud Hindu”, and whether being in the spotlight satiated his appetite when Zomato couldn’t.