Amarnath Attack and the Social Media Purveyors of Hate

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Amarnath Attack and the Social Media Purveyors of Hate

Illustration: Sushant Ahire

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here are two choices facing us right now.

In light of the cowardly and dastardly attacks on Amarnath yatris, the easiest thing to do is to lose our collective minds. The signs are already there. Panellists on the Great Indian Television Circus are asking for crackdowns and increased powers for the armed forces. Maj. Gen. GD Bakshi wants war. The inimitable Arnab Goswami is playing policymaker once again. Social media has gone down the predictable path of getting its chaddis in a twist. Even Rajnath Singh’s calming words on Twitter are being viewed as a cop out. In office gossip, in suddenly hushed conversations in restaurants, there are murmurs of retaliatory attacks.

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