The urge to appear to be an intellectual is so strong that often some self-proclaimed torchbearers of liberalism lose their bearings.
One such case in point is journalist Rana Ayyub, a columnist for an American newspaper and a known baiter of the Indian government. A Twitter post by Ayyub has gone viral on social media where she made an extremely insensitive comment about the coronavirus pandemic and labelled India ‘a morally corrupt nation’.
‘What is left for a virus to kill in a morally corrupt nation,’ she tweeted.
What is left for a virus to kill in a morally corrupt nation— Rana Ayyub (@RanaAyyub) March 16, 2020
Her tweet drew scathing criticism, with several liberal voices, too, calling her a ‘pervert’ and ‘hate monger’. Many even questioned her journalistic integrity and raised questions about her book ‘Gujarat Files’ which was supposedly an expose on Narendra Modi, the then chief minister of Gujarat, and his government’s alleged complicity in Gujarat riots 2002.
You know what I'm trolled all the time as you all know and I know opinionated women are often a target. But as one of those opinionated women I have to say, this was truly a terrible tone deaf insensitive tweet and I agree with Nikhil. Awful. https://t.co/c0zb9xct3H— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) March 17, 2020
This is a pervert tweet. Do your secular values lack humanity? https://t.co/oYMmkLgQCh— nikhil wagle (@waglenikhil) March 17, 2020
Final tweet on hate monger Ms Ayyub: journalism is tough. It is rigorous it is not about your megalomaniac type I specialist stories. Don’t be a journalist if you don’t value truth be the mercenary you are— Swati Chaturvedi (@bainjal) March 17, 2020
I never thought those who once came after me for criticizing Rana Ayyub for her vile and extreme views would be taking her on for the same. Make no mistake,she’s mirror image of the rabid hateful folks on the bigoted far right.They both have one self-serving goal:to maximize hate https://t.co/aOXHTchxYk— Rupa Subramanya (@rupasubramanya) March 17, 2020
Rana Ayyub claims to have exposed the Gujarat riots cover up of @PMOIndia by the CBI. Yet the “Tehelka” journalist thought the CBI reports to the home ministry. Ms Ayyub blocked me here when I told her that the CBI does not report to Rajnath Singh. 😂— Swati Chaturvedi (@bainjal) March 17, 2020
Many people felt that she excels at spreading propaganda against India, her own country, and peddles hate to milk the misery of the Muslim community.
Ayyub, however, remains adamant and refuses to apologise for her tweet.