Why celebs like Abhijeet, Sonu Nigam, Paresh Rawal are Modi's little helpers on social media

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Why celebs like Abhijeet, Sonu Nigam, Paresh Rawal are Modi's little helpers on social media

Post by Rashmun on Wed May 24, 2017 4:26 pm

Bainjal strikes again!

Have you ever wondered why so many celebrities – ranging from D-listers Abhijeet, singer Sonu Nigam, to actor Ajay Devgn, Anupam Kher, Randeep Hooda and cricketers Gautam Gambhir, Virendra Sehwag – have all revealed themselves to be raging bigots, misogynists as well as inciters of violence and have happily outed themselves as Twitter trolls?

The short answer is that it pays to be a bigot in these "hyper nationalistic" times.

For out-of-work crooners such as Abhijeet and Sonu Nigam, it's a chance to get the attention they desperately seek from paid troll hyena armies, who bathe them in approval and love and trend #IStandWithX, where X stands for any D-grade wannabe Big Boss-type celebrity with a possible history of indulging in sexual harassment, communal incitement, or asking for violence against authors.

Look at Abhijeet, for instance, whose Twitter account has been suspended after he posted a series of sexually abusive comments against Shehla Rashid, a JNU student leader and former JNUSU vice-president. Not only did Abhijeet say this about Rashid, “There is rumour she took money for two hours and didn’t satisfy the client ... big racket”, he even wrote this to a woman user of Twitter who called him out on his Rashid comment: “You Ms Pak. Tell me your cage no? Will reach there ... Will do the favourite pose”......

But why just blame the D-grade desperadoes when Ahmedabad MP and actor Paresh Rawal has plumbed the depths of Twitter ethics by trying to incite an online mob against well known author Arundhati Roy? The blazing irony of a lawmaker not being remotely conversant with the Constitution of India that he has sworn to uphold is really lost in the barrage of social media hatred Rawal managed to unleash on Roy.

The buzz is that Rawal, a laggard MP who has made zero impact in Parliament in his first term, has now his eyes set on Gujarat which goes to polls later this year. He fancies he has a shot at a prestigious post in Gujarat Assembly, and seems to have understood that the first constituency he has to please is the frothing-at-the-mouth trollerati....

Take the case of Ajay Devgn, who endorses tobacco products and asks people to "speak kesariya" (speak saffron) in surrogate radio advertisements. Devgn has got several one-to-one meetings with Modi, despite his name appearing in the infamous Panama papers. Devgn has publicly come out in support of demonetisation and claimed that he did not care that his film Shivaay was affected and suffered poorer sales than expected because of notebandi (demonetisation).

It clearly pays to be in the good books of the government. This may also explain why actor Anupam Kher, who led the oddly termed "Tolerance March" after a large number of writers and artists returned their awards protesting "growing intolerance" in India, was awarded with a Padma Bhushan last year.

His wife, Kirron Kher, is a BJP MP and Kher has trolled many journalists and activists on Twitter if they dare speak against Modi. Kher seems to have his heart set on a nominated quota seat in Parliament, which is in the government's kitty, while proudly proclaiming that he is "neutral" and a "nationalist".

Clearly, being a troll for the so-called "nationalist/Hindutva" causes has its dividends. Which is perhaps why cricketers like Gautam Gambhir and Virendra Sehwag unveiled their inner trolls, along with actor Randeep Hooda, to attack and lead an online lynch mob against a Kargil martyr's 20-year-old college-going daughter, Gurmehar Kaur.

Kaur’s only crime – she hates war. She’s a peacenik, and yes, despite losing her father to terrorist bullets coming from across the border, she doesn’t want India and Pakistan to wage war against each other...

Padma awards, sinecures in committees and hitting pay dirt of the holy grail of the Rajya Sabha nominations; cosy one-to-one meetings with powerful ministers and growing influence, cultural and political. After all, a celebrity needs to have a post-retirement career and salience.

The troll traction is here to stay. Expect it to get worse.

http://www.dailyo.in/politics/sonu-nigam-abhijeet-bhattacharya-twitter-trolls-hypernationalism/story/1/17396.html

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Post by Rashmun on Wed May 24, 2017 4:40 pm

this Swati Chaturvedi is among the boldest journalists in India today. I am impressed with her gutsy journalism.

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