[Screenshot of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Twitter page.]
Mumbai: Senior journalist associated with NDTV Ravish Kumar on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to unfollow the people who are abusing Gauri Lankesh and are celebrating her brutal murder.
"I request the Prime Minister please not to follow these promoters of hate on Twitter. If he is short of people to follow, he can follow me on social media. I can assure him that I will offer my criticisms with all humility, he will never feel that I have insulted him", Ravish Kumar wrote in an article posted on NDTV Wednesday.
Ravish Kumar wrote the article after it was found that some Twitter users, who claimed they are being followed by Prime Minister Modi, posted abusive messages about Gauri Lankesh - the renowned journalist shot dead in Bengaluru on Tuesday.
Gauri Lankesh, a staunch critic of Hindutva politics, was on Wednedsay evening buried in a cemetray in the Karnataka capital with full state honour.
"I will give him (prime minister) all respect, but he will have to answer this before writing any slogan or couplet on women that how come he keeps company with young people like (Nikhil) Dadhich.
"And if he falls in the club of 1,700 (the PM follows 1,776 people), then the PM should ask him why he did not maintain your dignity (with their abusive tweets today).
"If people like him cannot maintain the dignity of PM, then think of how we have an army of lunatics among us - they will "beat" you when you are alone and will do so in public too", Ravish Kumar wrote.