In response to the hate that was spewed by trolls on Twitter, following the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh, #BlockNarendraModi began trending on Thursday. The PM follows many of the trolls on Twitter, and Twitterati have resolved to block him till he unfollows them.
#BlockNarendraModi was the top trend with over 24,000 tweets on Thursday, the day after veteran journalist Gauri Lankesh was cremated with a police guard of honour and a gun salute.
Prominent journalist Ravish Kumar condemned the incident, and questioned the reason for the Prime Minister following such vicious trolls.
“The people of the country have given the Prime Minister so much love. Whom should he be following? Out of the 1,700 people he follows, the man who used the word kutia (bitch) is the one he had to follow? He probably doesn’t even follow all his party’s legislators.” Ravish told The Wire.
Gauri’s death had evoked massive protests across the country.
Union Minister for Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad too condemned the hate campaign against Lankesh.
Expressing happiness on the killing of anyone is shameful, regrettable and totally against Indian traditions. Social media is not for that.— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) September 6, 2017
Notwithstanding with the minister’s condemnation, #BlockNarendraModi began to trend, and many blocked him on Twitter for following vicious trolls.
However, many, though upset with the PM for following such trolls, didn’t agree with the campaign, and said that the PM needs to be heard and needs to hear his people, and it was not the right idea.
Following Lankesh’s horrific death, as her family, friends and journalists were still reeling from the shock, many opposing Gauri’s leftist ideologies rejoiced her death and justified the murder.
Gauri Lankesh was shot dead on Tuesday night at her residence in Raja Rajeshwari Nagar, Bengaluru, by unknown assailants. The veteran journalist was an activist-journalist, and was a vocal critic of the right-wing politics. She published numerous editorials against Hindutva politics in ‘Gauri Lankesh Patrike,’ a regional tabloid run by her.