Bhakts stronger than parody

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Bhakts stronger than parody

Sidharth Bedi Varma | January 02, 2018 17:04 hrs


‘Humans of Hindutva’, a Facebook page that debuted sometime in April in 2017 had found its way into one of my pieces in the past few months. I was an avid follower of this page because this page chose to talk about a very sensitive topic in the lightest manner possible. To put it otherwise, it spoke of the strategic growth and progress of right wing nationalism creeping into the country, laden with satire and parody. 

As I write this, ‘Humans of Hindutva’ has ceased to exist as a publisher, proving that in the real world, Goliath defeats David while also threatening David for his and his family’s life and safety. 

It is very evident that BJP wants to stay alive and relevant on social media and that they have deployed a large social media team of bhakts and bots alike that tidies up anything against the Government in power; kudos to their Online Reputation Management team!

While deaths of Gauri Lankesh and Afrazul Khan captured national headlines about BJP snuffing voices that were raised against them, it calls for an evaluation of where publishers actually stand. Will publishing stories that do not favour the government get you in the radar? Will writing this piece open up a can of worms for the writer or a publication? 

As we move into 2018, we should be looking at increased political liberty and the ability to voice opinions freely, but this ends the year on a sour note. 

As for Guwahati, Happy New Year! 

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