Tarek Fatah ‘beaten up’ by students for ‘Khalistani’ and ‘terrorist’ name calling
Chandigarh: Tarek Fatah the Canadian citizen of Pakistani origin who is the darling of certain Indian news channels was thrashed by students from Punjab University after he made derogatory comments on few students here on Thursday.
Fatah a known Muslim basher had been invited to deliver a talk on Balochistan. After the fracas, the organisers called off his talk, scheduled for Thursday.
Controversial social media celebrity, Tarek Fatah, was beaten up by students from Panjab University, after he reportedly called a Sikh student ‘Khalistani’ and referred to a Muslim student from Jammu and Kashmir as a ‘terrorist.’
He was invited there to deliver a TedX talk on Balochistan, when the fracas took place.
Gagandeep Singh Dhillon, a PhD scholar in geography, was quoted by Indian Express, “I was sitting at the physics canteen when Tarek came and began an informal interaction with students. We were discussing yesterday’s Nagrota terror attack. When he was talking to us, the department librarian came. When the students rose to show respect, Tarek told them, ‘Indians need to stop giving such treatment to their seniors’.”
Gagandeep Singh Dhillon, a PhD scholar in geography, was quoted by Indian Express, “I was sitting at the physics canteen when Tarek came and began an informal interaction with students. We were discussing yesterday’s Nagrota terror attack. When he was talking to us, the department librarian came. When the students rose to show respect, Tarek told them, ‘Indians need to stop giving such treatment to their seniors’.
Dhillon said Tarek mocked at the librarian and asked him to tell the students to sit. Immediately, an altercation ensued. Among those arguing was Mustafa, a PhD scholar from Kargil. “Tarek was saying, ‘He would not stand up for his own father, why are you all standing up for this person’. When I objected, he told me, ‘Hey you gori chamdi, where are you from?’ When Mustafa replied, Tarek allegedly responded with ‘You’re a Pakistani terrorist, you’re an anti-national’.”
Also, Tarek allegedly told Dhillon, “You are a Khalistani.”
Another PhD student Ganeshwari said when she asked Tarek his opinion about her, he said, “You are the real patriot because of your religion.”
By- Ganshewari Singh
We were sitting in Physics canteen when Mr. Tarek Fateh arrived with his entourage. I recognised him as one of the TEDx Panjab University’s speakers but I was not aware of his background or his forte. Suddenly we heard a commotion and realised that a fight has broken out. Gagan went to see what all the fuss was about. My professor and I kept sitting in our places.
When Gagan did not come back, I went to see for myself since we could still hear the loud abusive voice. When I went there a fellow research scholar from our department was being asked by Mr Tarek what his name is. He replied, “Mustafa.” What happened next was shocking. Mr. Tarek said, “Yes! You showed your true colours. You are a Pakistani, a Muslim terrorist.”
Another gentleman, whom I now know as Mr Harbir, started rejoicing and kept shouting jubilantly, “Yes! yes! Yes! We proved it! We proved it!” On seeing this I immediately rushed to my professor to inform her that Mustafa was being targeted. Then I rushed back. By that time Gagan was already arguing with them. Mr Tarek was using abusive language and was shouting, “Bastards! Ma**** (mother-fucker)! Behen**** (sister-fucker)!” When he learnt Gagan’s full name (Gagandeep Singh Dhillon) he said, “You Khalistani terrorist! Anti-Sikh! Bastard! Behen****!”
I went up to him and told him that my name is Ganeshwari and asked him if it was okay. He said, “Yes! Your name is perfectly fine.” I said, “Sir, you disgust me.” Then I called Mustafa and Gagan near me and told Mr Tarek that this is a Muslim, this is a Sikh and I’m a Hindu. We don’t care about religion or names. So stop preaching your hatred here.
All the while he kept shouting, “Bastards! Behen****! Ma****!” Then he instigated Gagan to slap him and said aloud, “Make a video. Take photos of these bastards.”
By that time our professor also came up and spoke against this hate politics.
Amidst all the commotion, Mr Fateh and Mr Harbir escaped quietly.
Let me clarify here that Mr Fateh was NOT slapped even though he tried his best to provoke Gagan to slap him.