I love observing things and people. Behaviour of people on Twitter is fascinating. These are not the people I know in real life. At least not most of them. But I don’t think their real life behaviour would be far from their online behaviour.
‘You are proud of being a Brahmin? Why? Why are you proud of being born into a caste which is considered high caste because of repressive societal practice?’ is said in same breath as ‘oh, wow, I am proud of you Dalit man/woman, for taking pride in the caste you were born in,’ Hmm.
When you counter this argument, there are various possibilities of responses
- You are a right wing troll/bhakt. Because clearly, stating obvious contradictions in their statements, makes you a right wing troll only.
- You are abusive and hence you shall be reported to Twitter and an FIR shall be filed against you. You see, pointing out things, even politely, makes you abusive because how dare you contradict a liberal’s views?
If you then bring out freedom of speech card, you are doomed. Apparently, freedom of speech and expression is an absolute right for those questioning the government. But if you are a person with right wing political leaning, you have conditional freedom of speech. You see, that is when the abusive vs non abusive card comes in play. I read yesterday a lawyer talk how there is good FoE and bad FoE.. They use good FoE, right wing ‘trolls’ use bad FoE. Nice. This is as ridiculous as the concept of good Taliban, bad Taliban.
And then there is provoking people for a reaction. Non-right wing people are allowed to do that. But the moment you counter them with facts, you are paid by the government to spread bigotry. And misogyny and other patriarchal stuff.
Oh, and let me not even get started on ‘Internet feminists’ – whose idea of women empowerment is their being able to show off their bra strap. Or the amazing conversation I chanced upon on Twitter where people were discussing ‘male/female’ parity in the people they follow on Twitter and how they introspected that they do not follow/retweet more females than males. And they were even, in all sincerity, discussing strategies on how to correct it. I AM NOT KIDDING! They didn’t think this was as ridiculous as it reads here.
Pick your battles wisely, people.
But where does that leave me?
I am a woman, who cannot stand this internet feminism movement, who has a right wing political leaning, who was a former journalist with a left leaning ideologies and who belongs to Gujarat.
Now.. if only I knew how to play the victim card..