In the wake of the Pulwama terror attack, Twitter erupted with hate messages targeted at Kashmiris and Muslims in India. Most of these tweets called for violence against Muslims and boycott of the community. Many prominent twitter handles participated in this hate-mongering. Some of these are followed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Mahesh Vikram Hegde, co-founder of fake news website Postcard News, on 18 February Monday, tweeted that the final nail in the coffin of terrorism can come only when the Hindus make a surgical strike on the “business of M.”
Hegde implied that all Muslim businesses must be boycotted, as these businesses are used to fund terror activities according to him.
The tweet has so far garnered 2.4k likes and 1.1k retweets. Hegde’s Twitter account announces how “blessed” he is to be followed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
And this is definitely not the first of Twitter’s calls against Muslims in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack. Rahul Roushan, CEO of right-wing news portal OpIndia had tweeted asking gau rakshaks to “indulge in largescale mindless violence” rather than carrying out “sundry lynchings.”
He later deleted the post, which was a reply to a tweet by lawyer and activist Prashant Bhushan. “It is imp to understand why so many young men in Kashmir are becoming militants and willing to die,” Bhushan had tweeted.
Rahul Roushan is also followed by PM Modi on Twitter.
Delhi MLA Kapil Mishra, in a tweet on 14 February, said surgical strikes are not enough for revenge against Pulwama. The end of Islamic terror will come with destroying every womb that may give birth to terrorists, his tweet said.
Activist Kavita Krishnan condemned Hegde’s tweet and asked if PM Modi will unfollow him for trying to divide the country on communal lines.
Actress Swara Bhasker replied to Kapil Mishra’s ‘destroy the womb’ tweet and said the last line of his tweet is a “call to genocide.”
And even though Op India CEO Rahul Roushan deleted his tweet, Twitterati condemned him for attempting to incite mob violence.
Post the Pulwama terror attack on 14 February, social media has erupted with hatred for Kashmiris and Indian Muslims. Meghayala governor Tathagat Roy asked Twitterati to boycott everything Kashmiri.
The fact that most of the hatred and call for violence on Twitter are coming from prominent figures, politicians and journalists says a lot about the state of our democracy.