Communal violence had erupted in Chhattisgarg’s Kabirdham district on October 5.
Because the police lathi-charged to control violence, a trend with almost 35 thousand tweets was run on Twitter titled #छत्तीसगढ़_बना_जिहादगढ़ (“Chhattisgarh has become the hub of jihad”). There were a total of 34,895 tweets and RTs from 5,382 different accounts till the point the data was pulled.
“It started as a fight between two groups on Sunday. A local history-sheeter named Durgesh Dewangan got into an altercation with some Muslim men, who beat him up,” said Mahant Kashyap, who lives in the Lohara naka area of Kawardha town.
“A few hours later, some men pulled down a green flag and green-coloured decorations that had been strung alongside the roads. In retaliation, the other group pulled down a saffron flag and trampled on it. Some miscreants also threw stones at the nearby Vindhyavaasini temple,” Kashyap added.
As tensions ran high, Superintendent of Police Mohit Garg and Collector Ramesh Sharma visited the spot on Monday. Said a local person: “We demanded that stern action be taken against the men responsible for the vandalism and for beating up Dewangan. But it was Dewangan who was put behind bars instead.”
The report added that An estimated 3,000-strong mob led by Hindu organisations defied a curfew imposed by the administration to march with swords, lathis, and other weapons in the district headquarters town of Kawardha.
They raised slogans of Jai Shri Ram, attacked homes and vehicles owned by Muslims, and pelted the police with stones. More than a dozen civilians and police personnel were injured in the violence.
The Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad had called for a “peaceful” protest on Tuesday, which went out of control early on.
After leaders from the opposition BJP, including former MLA Abhishek Singh, who is the son of former chief minister Raman Singh, flagged off the protest, a mob of mostly young men entered Muslim neighbourhoods and began attacking vehicles, handcarts, and doors and windows of houses.
Police carried out a lathicharge to bring the situation under control by early evening. The town remained under curfew on Wednesday as well.
These are some of the other tweets on the hashtag:
BJP MLA from Jaunpur, UP Dinesh Chaudhary was one of the ones who gave the dog whistle for the trend. It’s funny as if he’s asking fellow trolls to start anti-India propaganda, which they are actually doing by creating divisiveness in the country at the behest of Biswa Sarma,
There are multiple MLAs of BJP from UP & Bihar and leaders from Delhi unit. These are some of the top accounts:
The complete list which includes journalists with verified twitter accounts as well is listed here:
In 2016, when the Baloch leadership criticised Sushant’s pawn Naela Quadri, True Indology immediately sprang into action & said Baloch took Hindu women as sex slaves after the Panipat battle with Abdali. This is completely untrue and this is the tweet by Nagesh’s account at that time:
You can see in the initial data, people have RTed tweets by Iyer Mitra & Jaipur Dialogues. Jaipur Dialogus is an inititive of retired IAS officer Sanjay Dixit
It’s time we clean India of this scourge. We should file multiple FIRs in non-BJP ruled states against those indulging in hate speech. That the editor of hate site Op India lives in Kolkata without any court cases is a shame! Outraging on twitter is as effective as smoking due to stress.
Further Analysis 1:
There were a total of 15,556 tweets & RTs on the 3 tags:
There were a total of 15,556 tweets & RTs on the 3 tags till 6 AM on July 30th
There were only 523 tweets on RTs on #bharadwajspeaks till 6 Am on July 30th. That has increased to 18,117 till 6 AM on July 31st. These tweets came from 8,387 accounts. 73 had more than 20,000 followers & 254 had more than 5,000 followers. There were 12 verified accounts among them.
View complete list here that lists details of accounts such as number of follower, it’s verified or not & who tweeted or RTed when on the hashtag.
This is a developing story. It takes a lot of man hours to clean & pre-process the data for generating charts & graphs. Please check back in some time for them on plots by top accounts, verified, number of tweets per account, when account was created, etc.
It is interesting to note that an account with more than 48,000 followers had only RTed a tweet on the Hashtag & had not himself tweeted. This is a common tactic used by big BJP trolls in even making hate speech viral to avoid getting reported. You can’t report RTs of hate speech. As such many BJP troll groups like HMP create new accounts and RT those tweets and themselves remain safe from getting suspended or banned. Twitter should allow people to report people RTing/sharing hate speech & fake news.
The first tweet on this hashtag was by an account followed by Kapil Mishra. There were numerous tweets & RTs by that account. It seems that this hashtag was planned and implemented by him as the ringleader. Many accounts had tweeted more than once on the hashtag.
Swati Goel Sharma, journalist at BJP hate portal Swarajya spread a communal fake news subtly that fits in the classical definition of misinformation. She refused to accept her mistake even when it was pointed out that those urination on the Shivling were Ramesh & Anand.
Her tweet. It misses the video as Delhi riots fame BJP leader KapilMishra’s Hindu Ecosystem whose video she copied was suspended by Twitter. There’s an archive link with video below :
The tweet was viral with more than 2,000 shares/RTs. On being countered, she said “the hate is all real”.
Her first tweet at the time I did the datapull had 1,617 shares. Even after getting exposed it kept getting shared and a fresh data pull showed 1,954 accounts- that is 337 shares. In India, a platform like Twitter isn’t used as much as say Facebook or Instagram. 300+ shares as such are significant.