‘After Ghazni, no person has destroyed as many temples as Modi’: See truth of this viral tweet

Aatish Taseer, a journalist, posted some pictures of temples on August 19, tweeting, “Forget Aurangzeb,” said a mahant of the KV temple, “No man since Ghazni has destroyed as many temples as Modi.”

Written by August 23, 2019 18:09

Claim that went viral

Aatish Taseer, a journalist, posted some pictures of temples on August 19, tweeting, “Forget Aurangzeb,” said a mahant of the KV temple, “No man since Ghazni has destroyed as many temples as Modi.”

Journalist Aatish Taseer made some serious allegations on the Kashi Vishwanath corridor project by tweeting these pictures.


Aatish further wrote, ‘He was referring to the act of vandalism that is Modi’s corridor in Benares. It has torn open the medieval heart of the city only to erect a monument to officialdom.’

Viral post draws huge Twitter audience

Hours after Aatish’s tweet on Vishwanath corridor, flurry of reactions followed on Twitter. Many retweeted his tweet while others pointed fingers at his intentions.


What is the fact?

Aatish Taseer is a well-acclaimed journalist, who writes articles and columns for The New York Times. He is the son of veteran journalist Tavleen Singh and Salman Taseer, governor of Pakistan’s Punjab province.

He is the one who wrote harshly critical article on PM Modi – ‘Divider in Chief’. The article, published in Time Magazine created huge controversy and uproar across the country. Many even dubbed him a ‘Pakistani citizen’ for his partisan and prejudiced article on Modi government.

Aatish tweeted 4 photos to show the scale of demolition in the area but he neither put out the name of Mahant (who sought to draw analogy between Ghazni and Modi) nor shared any video of the razed structures.

This raises questions on his intent – was it a deliberate attempt to spread false propaganda or was it an attempt to set off another controversy? And, this comes after Government’s clear admission that no demolition happened, only encroachment removal and widening of roads was undertaken.

The Kashi Vishwanath corridor project was officially set in motion in March 2018, with an estimated cost of Rs 600 crore.

Sometime back, Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam likened PM Modi to Aurangzeb over the same issue.


Claim – correct or false?

Aatish has made big claims of destruction near Kashi Vishwanath temple but failed to corroborate it with facts or evidence. Hence, this can only be assumed to be an intent to create fear psychosis among people.

Despite his esteemed status, Aatish seems to have played to the gallery by just tweeting random details. The claim is devoid of truth and seems to be inspired by some vested interests.