Dangerous Misuse Of The Social Media : Beware Of Rumours

santosh-bhartiyaI don’t say that the Prime Minister will not have knowledge about what is happening in the country, but it is our duty to share with the Prime Minister the good or bad signs of what lies ahead. I also believe that what I am about to mention will not have the support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but amongst the supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi many such people will be there to whom it might seem that now they can do anything in this country. No one is there to demand an answer from them nor is there anyone to stop them.
A campaign is going on in the social media and on Facebook. The campaign is that now that Pakistan is separate from India, why don’t the Muslims staying here go to Pakistan and why by staying here are they sharing our development. The second big part of this campaign is that at the time of Independence, this many Hindus were there, this many Muslims were there, and now this many Hindus are there, this many Muslims are there, and some numbers are being spread, the accuracy or truth of which no one is contesting, but these numbers are spreading. The third biggest part of the individual campaign is that people while travelling stop anywhere; where middle class and lower middle class people are present, they get down there only start talking : ‘why are Muslims here now, what work of Muslims is there here’? It has been seen that generally most people on hearing such talk leave, but if even one person keeps sitting, then the person spreading the rumour or idea tries to make that one person only understand. In most cities of North India suddenly such incidents are being seen happening in a hidden way.
What we call social media, in which Facebook is included, has become a primary medium to spread such things. It seems as if a team of 2-3 people is busy only in spreading such kind of posts. Then, after all, these teams of 2-2, 3-3 people are doing the work on whose orders? Why in this country, to destroy the tapestry of brotherhood, are they spreading news in the country in the form of petty rumours? There is one and only one center of this and that center is the Muslim society of the country.
Are these incidents only preparing the atmosphere for getting votes in the upcoming elections or is there some big conspiracy working behind them? A big conspiracy plan can only be one that in the country once again an attempt be made to repeat the biggest riots in history so that polarisation of votes can take place. In a democracy votes are very important, but in a democracy life too is very

A campaign is going on in the social media and on Facebook. The campaign is that now that Pakistan is separate from India, why don’t the Muslims staying here go to Pakistan and why by staying here are they sharing our development…Are these incidents only preparing the atmosphere for getting votes in the upcoming elections or is there some big conspiracy working behind them?… If such kind of rumours are ignored, then these rumours will slowly- slowly establish their roots in the hearts of the people in the form of truth and at that time the work of people who want instability and unrest in the country will become easier.

important, in a democracy brotherhood too is very important and in a democracy development too is very important. These kind of rumours which nowadays are floating on Facebook and on the other modern version of Facebook – Whatsapp, after all the conspiracy to spread them wants to say what? We have a herd mentality, that is why a saying has been coined that a crow took away an ear. When one person shouts ‘see, the crow took away an ear’, then 10 people instead of looking at the ear to see even if it is there or not, start looking at the crow to see where did the crow go taking the ear and this psychology doesn’t let ‘facts’ of such kind get verified. By reading only one thing and trusting it implicitly in the end gives birth only to a doubt in our hearts.
I will relate an example of my own. On Facebook someone’s message came that 4 boys from one district of Rajasthan have become the victims of a dreadful accident in Chennai and all 4 of them are admitted in the ICU of a hospital there and everybody should share this to the maximum so that their families can get to know about it.
Believing this news that came on Facebook, I immediately called ETV and requested them that because it’s a matter of Rajasthan, therefore show it as prime news. The ETV people, trusting my words, showed that news. Within 10 minutes of showing that news, the families of those boys called ETV that this is a 2 month old incident and those boys have already come and one of the boys had died there in Chennai itself. But all this had happened 2 months ago. ETV called me, I apologised to them. I only want to say that when such irresponsible things can be spread through Whatsapp and Facebook and when a person like me doesn’t verify them, then how will a lot of ordinary people of this country verify numbers or how will they verify those things that are being communicated through Facebook and Whatsapp in the form of rumours.
That is why, on one side, the Government needs to be very alert that it immediately stops these kinds of posts, these kind of rumours, for which Facebook and Whatsapp are being used, and arrests the guilty people and puts them on trial. On the other side all those people who believe in the cultural unity of the country, should oppose the spread of such rumours when they see it happening. Usually people remain silent or neutral and that silence or neutrality can become the base of some big dire event.
If such kind of rumours are ignored, then these rumours will slowly- slowly establish their roots in the hearts of the people in the form of truth and at that time the work of people who want instability and unrest in the country will become easier. And those who think that this is the only way — by shifting attention from fundamental issues, by awakening people in an emotional manner – to get a vote in their favour. These are fascist ways, use of which was made at one time by Mussolini and Hitler. If we see the same methods being used again now, then we should become alert.
That is why I request Narendra Modi that now he is the Prime Minister of the country and the complete unity of the country is his Constitutional responsibility and also his legal responsibility. That is why he should ask his machinery to keep an eye on all those people who will take his name and will do anti-national work. Those people are not the well wishers of Narendra Modi, but are the enemies of Narendra Modi, because on today’s date, the biggest responsibility of Narendra Modi is to keep this nation one and take it towards development. Therefore, if keeping an eye on it through officials, through his party, through the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh, is the onus or fundamental responsibility of someone, then the onus or fundamental responsibility is that of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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