All Kashmiris Are Not Terrorists: Rajnath Wins Million Hearts


New Delhi: As the nation woke up to the news of a horrific terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Kashmir, Home Minister Rajnath Singh swung into action with a review meeting on pilgrims’ security. But it was a tweet from the veteran BJP leader that won hearts and minds on social media.

At 12:37 am on Tuesday, Singh tweeted from his handle @RajnathSingh, “The people of Kashmir have strongly condemned the terror attack on Amarnath yatris. It shows the spirit of Kashmiriyat is very much alive.”

In a strongly-worded reply to the Home Minister, author and Twitter user Suchi Singh Kalra tweeted, “Who gives a f*** about the spirit of Kashmiriyat at this moment? It’s not your job to placate. Just drag those cowards out and cull them.” The tweet has since then gone viral.

But Rajnath Singh’s response to the tweet was both measured and firm. “Ms Kalra I certainly do. It is absolutely my job to ensure peace & tranquility in all parts of the country. All Kashmiris are not terrorists,” he said.

The response won him praise from across political lines, including from former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. “Bravo @rajnathsingh ji. You have my respect & admiration. I salute you. Thank you for your statesmanship & leadership today,” he said.

Lawyer-turned-activist Prashant Bhushan, too, praised the Home Minister and said, “Like Sushma Swaraj, Rajnath Singh is emerging as another Statesman in the Modi Cabinet. Most mature & sensible tweet by him.”

Author Rana Ayyub said, “The most sensible political statement on #AmarnathTerrorAttack has been from @rajnathsingh . Though the buck stops at his door too,” adding, “Rajnath Singh is my hero for the day. This is so rare in politics of our time.”