Dear Indians, Our WhatsApp Hysteria is Not Going to Resolve the India-Pakistan Tensions

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Dear Indians, Our WhatsApp Hysteria is Not Going to Resolve the India-Pakistan Tensions

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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welve days after the Pulwama attack, India launched air strikes inside Pakistan and claimed to destroy a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist camp in Balakot. In an era where information came to us via newspapers or radio, it would have taken an entire day, or at least a few hours before India’s civilian population learnt about the “pre-emptive non-military action”. But conflicts in the times of social media are different – they unfold in real time on our phones.

By the time I boarded my daily local in the morning, the air strike was the subject of discussion in the coach. Everyone knew about it and everyone turned into a defence analyst, ready with an  expert view for any news channel that wanted to give them the time of day. Some were following Twitter accounts, others streaming live news and those who had been feeding on hyper-nationalist videos and texts since the February 14 Pulwama attack were plotting a full-fledged war and how it would end.  

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