Indian author and human rights activist Arundhati Roy claimed that “the Pakistani military was never used against its own people”. As the video featuring the Booker prize-winning novelist spread online, hashtag #ArundhatiRoy trended on Twitter in India and people expressed their dismay at her comments.
In a video, she claims that since 1947, India has been waging war on indigenous people in Kashmir and the state of Telangana, Sikhs in Punjab, Christians in Goa and Muslims in Kashmir and Hyderabad.
“India deployed its military against its own people,” she said, adding: “The state of Pakistan has never deployed its army against its own people the way the democratic Indian state has.” Roy has long been seen as a controversial figure in India for voicing sensitive political views. She has long maintained the opinion that Kashmir needs to be separated from India.
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