I am a motor mouth…loud with high decibel levels, who doesn’t go down without fighting! Ask my friends and they will tell you…I have my own opinions, but I don’t stand up on a roof and read them out on a loudspeaker. My views and opinions are mine alone and I have the conviction and strength in my spirit to stand by them. And I believe that every human worth his / her salt must be able to do the same. Actions speak louder than words, a cliche which is the truest of the lot and all my life I have overcome criticisms of all kinds by following it. However, it is disturbing to see that the same spirit is lost in a lot of people!
This post is about the recent Twitter-War that has swept the micro-blogging site. The link would lead you to Swathi Pradeep’s reply to the whole tangle, how it panned out for her and the reactions that she received for what Ranvir Shorey and Barkha Dutt said to her. However, the one thing that she did leave out was how and why did it all begin? Swathi is a Software Engineer, writer, blogger and cartoonist. A closer look at it showed up all the toons she created for Barkha and NDTV….clearly she doesn’t like any of them and uses her humor to creative effort. I am not a seasoned follower of her comic strips, so I would refrain from making a comment about what I feel about them. More because I doubt my opinions are wanted and warranted in this case. But I believe, Barkha Dutt already on a defensive after the 2G Scam took them rather too seriously! If I were in her place, I would have overlooked it and not retaliated. The same goes for Ranvir Shorey. As public figures they are open to criticism and brick bats as much as they are to adulation and fan-twitter-following! And I am certain they are aware of it…but the reactions to the Swathi’s comic created a flutter. And in a butterfly effect, the stimuli had domino reactions into which I was also pulled in.
I was clueless about the sequence of events, so my tweet went out with Ranvir’s handle, asking what had the man done. Ranvir replied to me the next day….and since his reply was public I was drawn into this mess. By evening my name was tossed around like a carrot. And it seemed to the world that I was supporting Ranvir and Barkha! Subsequent tweets and several replies later, I think I managed to convince both Ranvir and my critics on Twitter that I was not supporting him.The truth is I am not supporting anyone…neither Barkha, Swathi nor Ranvir.
I am against abuse of any form, physical, verbal, intellectual and in any other form that it may exist! If someone has abused you, why must you abuse back to take your revenge? If Barkha and Ranvir felt that Swathi’s creative expression was abusive in any way, they ought to have replied in a way that suited their positions in society. Similarly, Swathi could have replied by bringing up harsher strips…! In a cyclical chain, everyone went out of their minds and got carried away…and as a result what we saw were colorful expletives from all three. So uncalled for…and highly immature! What followed thereafter is equally depressing to me. All three went around Twitter gathering support, and there were clear set camps! I was almost cornered into taking a side, which I refused to take and still do. Just because everyone took to slander like its their own business. I am against abuse, I reiterate and I refuse to stand up and abuse the abuser in a language that is as demeaning as the former! Take a look at this latest chain emerging from the same debate…this is what I mean. People are stooping so low now that they are making personal comments on all and sundry! Please Stop!!! I have nothing against Swathi standing up for what Ranvir said, neither do I have anything against her supporters on Twitter. I have a problem with the way it is being all done! It’s become mass abuse now…everyone is enjoying it! Please let Swathi – Ranvir – Barkha battle it out between themselves! If you support anyone of them, please express it without demeaning the others! No one in the world has the right to make personal comments on anyone…look within, everyone is on a mass abuse now!!
Most of the supporters from both the camps have suddenly started following me…and just because they have, some others have begun to follow! In the last two days about 40 people have discovered me on Twitter! My blog has suddenly been visited nearly 20 times a day!! I fail to understand the logic behind this blind following on Twitter! Some like my name, some my replies to this whole tangle, some that instigate me to show some fireworks, some that accuse me of getting people to ‘stalk’ me!!! Like the colorful slangs used in this tangle, the reasons from the followers are equally rainbow hued! I said this on Twitter and I’d like to say it again…have a strong reason for following someone, in life and even on twitter!
And just for this…if some of my new found friends / followers choose to ‘unfollow’ me I wont mind…if you want to criticize me, abuse me…go ahead…I wont! Rest assured, you will win this Twitter-War!