Writer Kanwal Bharti arrested for Facebook post supporting Durga Nagpal

Kanwal BhartiThe Politics over Durga Shakti Nagpal case took new heights when Writer and Activist Kanwal Bharti was arrested over his Facebook post supporting suspended IAS Officer Durga Shakti Nagpal and criticizing Samajwadi Party Government of Uttar Pradesh. The post also criticized Senior SP Leader Azam Khan and it was another leader Shanu Khan who allegedly filed a complaint with Police.

The original post by Kanwal Bharti was in Hindi. It approximately translates to following:

Akhilesh Yadav’s government has completely failed on the issue of reservation and Durga Shakti Nagpal. Akhilesh, Shivpal, Azam Khan and Mulayam Singh Yadav might pat each other and their government’s back on the Durga Shakti Nagpal issue but they are unable to see the reality in the state. The public is criticising them and mocking them and according to the people these four are unfit for democracy.

What people do not know is that an old Madrasa was bulldozed and destroyed at Rampur in Uttar Pradesh. When the Maulvi objected, he was harassed and sent to jail. No officer was suspended in this case. Why? because it is Azam Khan not Akhilesh who rules that place

While Kanwal Bharti was arrested and released on bail, online activists have vehemently criticized this action of UP Government.  Since Kanwal Bharti belonged to Dalit Community, many perceive it as a war against Dalits. However both Dalit and Non-Dalit have unanimously  condemned the action and termed it an attack on Freedom of Expression and the result of Dictatorship of State Government.

Kanwal Bharti is a nationally acclaimed writer, thinker and scholar. His work has  been included in course books prescribed by Delhi University, Indira Gandhi National Open University, Allahabad University, Aligarh Muslim University and Lucknow University. His famous works include two poems — “Tab Tumhari Nishtha Kya Hogi” and “Shambook” — besides a criticism entitled “Philosophy of Dalit Literature.” Bharti has written 15 books. He is also a recipient of Dr Ambedkar National Award (1996) and Bhim Ratna Award (2001)