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Uppsala University’s Prof. Ashok Swain Mocks Sushma Swaraj’s Death; Calls it Critical Obituary?

Kingson Chingakham



For those who don’t know Ashok Swain– he is an Indian-born academic and professor of peace and conflict research at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Sweden. He completed his M.Phil and Ph.D from the Jawaharlal Nehru University. In 2017, he was appointed as the UNESCO Chair of International Water Co-operation and became the first UNESCO Chair of Uppsala University. He is a strong critic of the Modi Government and can be called one of the torchbearers for the Kashmiri cause and rights.

Since the abrogation of Article 370, Mr. Swain has been flooding his twitter profile with his opinions. He has around 98,000 followers. Expressing opinion and critiquing is a right of an academician and we should appreciate it but he stooped low when one tweet exposed his loss of humanity.

Our beloved former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj passed away last night and while the country has been mourning, a tweet from Ashok Swain shocked his followers. Later on, he deleted the tweet and put a clarification on why he deleted it.

A snapshot of the deleted tweet:

After a strong protest by his followers, he deleted the tweet and posted a clarification:

When our former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away last year, Ashok Swain did the same blunder by putting a tweet that showed the amount of hatred he has for the former PM:

Tweet from August 16, 2018, after the demise of former PM Vajpayee

When the Former Defense Minister, Manohar Parikkar passed away early this year, Ashok Swain called the deceased a ‘bigot’.

An educated person, a professor and a chair at UNESCO, why cultivate such a hatred for people even at the time of death. If someone does not want to express condolence, at least, do not talk ill about the deceased statesmen and stateswoman. And what is the need for a ‘Critical Obituary’?

Sushma Swaraj was truly the ‘people’s minister’. She did not take time to help overseas Indians at the time of distress. She did not look for differences, granted Medical Visas to Pakistanis. She positioned India on the Global Map in such a way that Indians are treated with respect. Likewise, Mr. Vajpayee and Mr. Parikkar were equally strong leaders who took up the responsibilities of nation-building.

Scrolling down the comments of the posts on social media will make you angry at the moment. On Facebook, Sushma Swaraj’s death has been called ‘Karma’ for abrogating Article 370 by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Why can’t we leave the political differences aside for one day and show some benevolence? What harm will it cause?

Sushma Swaraj’s last tweet has broken many hearts. Social Media is truly inciting war among the users. Why haven’t these big companies come up with a solution to put down ill comments that could probably incite hatred among nations and communities?

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