Bengaluru: Noted historian and author Ramachandra Guha on Sunday claimed that he received threatening calls for posting a picture of himself eating beef in Goa. He has now deleted the tweet, saying “it was in poor taste”. Also Read - Rohit Sharma, Indian Players Get Trolled by Fans For Beef Consumption During Controversial Outing in Melbourne; Bill Goes Viral

Guha, a known critic of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said the controversial tweet was aimed at “flaying” the saffron party’s “hypocrisy” on beef. “I have deleted the photo of my lunch in Goa as it was in poor taste,” he tweeted. Also Read - Were Our Ancestors Beef-Lovers? New Study Reveals People of Indus Civilisation Survived On a Meat-Heavy Diet of Pork, Beef & Buffalo

“I do wish, however, to again highlight the absolute hypocrisy of the BJP in the matter of beef,” he said, adding that humans must have the right to eat, dress and fall in love as they choose. Also Read - N Srinivasan And Amit Shah Are Effectively Running Indian Cricket; Board Steeped in Nepotism: Ramachandra Guha

In the now deleted tweet, Guha had shared a picture of himself enjoying beef and wrote– “After a magical morning in Old Goa we had lunch in Panaji, where-since this is a BJP ruled state-I decided to eat beef in celebration.”

Guha also replied to those who mocked him for eating beef despite being a Gandhian.

“Putting myself in the centre of the frame was exhibitionist and in poor taste. I could have made the same points in words, as I have done now,” he said.

Earlier in the day, Guha had tweeted that he and his wife had received phone calls threatening them .

“I have received threatening calls from a man calling himself Sanjay from Delhi. His number is +91-98351-38678. He threatened my wife as well as me. This is for the record,” he said in his first tweet.

Couple of minutes later, he posted another tweet levelling allegations against RK Yadav. “This threatening tweet below is from a former official of the Research and Analysis Wing. I would like to place it on record, and will do with every subsequent threat received,” Guha said replying to Yadav’s post.

Yadav had tweeted, “If a Hindu eating beef and publicise it he is stigma on this religion. One Ramchandra Guha is doing so. He is trying to tease whole of Hindus by this dastardly action of such publicity. Shd be given befitting reply.”

(Inputs from PTI)