Laugh­ing is Dan­ger­ous

India Today - - UPFRONT -

It was funny while it lasted. Last week, the ad­min­is­tra­tor of Face­book par­ody, Hu­mans of Hin­dutva, felt com­pelled to delete the page. He had re­ceived death threats that had left him “scared for his wife and chil­dren”, tweeted his friend Jairaj Singh, an ed­i­tor at the In­dia To­day Group’s opin­ion site Dai­lyO. Started in April, Hu­mans of Hin­dutva rel­ished in the ridicu­lous—in show­ing up the para­noid vi­cious­ness of so much Hindu su­prem­a­cist ‘thought’. Those, in­clud­ing jour­nal­ists, who found the page bi­ased against Hin­dus ar­gued that the ad­min­is­tra­tor had not been bul­lied off Face­book but shut down for hate speech. The ad­min­is­tra­tor briefly res­ur­rected the page to show he had not been banned.

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