Beware, Internet Hindus are multipling like Virus on Social Media

03Jul12

The “Internet Hindus” Ghose refers to — actually, she coined the term — are right-wing bloggers and tweeters who seem to follow her every move, pouncing on any mention of hot-button issues like Muslims or Pakistan.

Liberal journalists and netizens sympathized with Ghose’s exasperation. But for right-wingers, it was like throwing gasoline on the fire.
Today there are perhaps as many as 20,000 so-called “Internet Hindus,” many tweeting as often as 300 times a day, according to a rough estimate by one of the community’s most active members.
“You will find thousands with similar sounding IDs [to mine],” a Twitter user who goes by the handle @internet_hindus said in an anonymous chat interview. “Some [others] prefer to openly do it with their own personal IDs.”

Freedom of speech
Internet Hindus, largely because of their numbers and influence, find themselves smack in the middle of India’s censorship debate. There are signs the country’s growing problem with controversial online content has already eroded legislators’ commitment to free speech.

Journalists, too, are starting to question the value of certain online content.

Television anchor Barkha Dutt has expressed the similar sentiment that “lurking online — usually behind anonymity or names that suggest an evangelical religiosity — are many propagators of hate and violence.”
Though neither of these journalists has openly advocated censorship, their comments are evidence that trolls, or cyber bullies, and others who abuse the freedoms of the web stand to force a cultural shift.

“The government is scared of us,” said Suvendu Huddar, a 33-year-old Mumbai entrepreneur who calls himself “Internet Hindu” online. “That’s the reason they want to knock down the internet freedoms through some biased tools, which seem to be coming up very soon.”

 

When good Hindus go bad
The Internet Hindus don’t have a monopoly on trolling, of course — some, like aspiring right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party politician Jits Gajaria, say they’ve had their own run-ins with abusive stalkers. But because they are so numerous, so committed, and can appear so organized — whether or not they are part of a formal network — it’s the Hindu nationalist tweeters who have drawn the most flak

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Modi is the principal hero of most Internet Hindus, along with Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy.

Committed Internet Hindus argue that it’s easy to block abusive users on Twitter, so there’s no need to complain. And all of the people who agreed to talk with GlobalPost — whether openly or anonymously — said that the community discourages tweets that are simply abusive, if for no other reason than that they do nothing for the cause.

Who are the Hindus?
Many Internet Hindus say they don’t have any political affiliation — apart from a deep-rooted disdain for the Congress Party. But broadly speaking, most of them seem to sympathize with an ethnic nationalist doctrine called “Hindutva,” or “Hinduness,” which is the unifying ideology of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, or “National Organization of Volunteers” (RSS), a paramilitary organization with as many as 5 million members, and the BJP, its political wing.
It proposes that India is first and foremost a Hindu nation, and rather than “appeasing” Muslims and other minorities with special privileges, the government should promote Hindu culture.

“I want the Hindu dignity of India to be restored,” said another 23-year-old Internet Hindu who has yet to join any political organization, in a representative comment. “We’ve had a glorious past but the Muslim invaders, the Mughals and the Brits destroyed our sense of pride.

At various points in history, Hindutva and the RSS — sort of like Boy Scouts of America crossed with the Ku Klux Klan — have proven problematic. One of RSS’s chief ideologues, Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar, expressed open admiration for Adolf Hitler’s ideas of racial (or in this case, ethnic) purity in “We or Our Nation Defined,” one of the founding texts of Hindutva, in 1938.

“Kar sevaks” or “volunteers” inspired by the ideology tore down the 16th Century Babri Mosque in 1992, sparking nationwide Hindu-Muslim riots. Members of the Bajrang Dal — an organization affiliated with the RSS and known for beating up couples on Valentine’s Day — burned to death an Australian Christian missionary and his two sons in 1999. And breakaway Hindutva extremists have been accused of perpetrating terrorist attacks on Indian mosques and Muslim shrines in 2007 and 2008.

According to an informal online survey, the Internet Hindus are mostly young, educated professionals — as one might expect in a medium that requires a computer and a strong command of English. More than half of them are under 30 years old, 80 percent have undergraduate or graduate degrees, and two-thirds of them earn more than $10,000 a year — putting them on the high end of India’s middle class.

 

Source: GLobal Post



3 Responses to “Beware, Internet Hindus are multipling like Virus on Social Media”

  1. Caste = Religion.
    There is no Hinduism in globalization.

  2. 2 Bala

    If Hinduism flourish means, the most affected are Muslim,christain, Dalits and backward classes. But the backward class or sudras are agreeably in terms with hindu fascist, particularly, they get unite on one reason that is by suppressing dalits. As far as I know these BC go any level of low stink bottom with their upper section, but they won’t part any reasonable righteousness with dalits. Indias problem will solve if BC, Dalits and minorities understand their common issues.

  3. 3 Communal Award

    Google “Companies ruined or almost ruined by Indians”.

    * Adaptec – Indian CEO Subramanian Sundaresh fired. (forward caste)
    * AIG (signed outsourcing deal in 2007 in Europe with Accenture Indian frauds, collapsed in 2009) (forward caste)
    * AirBus (Qantas plane plunged 650 feet injuring passengers when its computer system written by India disengaged the auto-pilot). (forward caste)
    * Apple – R&D; CLOSED in India in 2006. (forward caste)
    * Australia’s National Australia Bank (Outsourced jobs to India in 2007, nationwide ATM and account failure in late 2010). (forward caste)
    * Bell Labs (Arun Netravalli took over, closed, turned into a shopping mall) (forward caste)
    * Boeing Dreamliner ES software (written by HCL, banned by FAA) (forward caste)
    * Bristol-Myers-Squibb (Trade Secrets and documents stolen in U.S. by Indian national guest worker) (forward caste)
    * Caymas – Startup run by Indian CEO, French director of dev, Chinese tech lead. Closed after 5 years of sucking VC out of America. (forward caste)
    * Caterpillar misses earnings a mere 4 months after outsourcing to India, Inc. (forward caste)
    * Circuit City – Outsourced all IT to Indian-run IBM and went bankrupt shortly thereafter.(forward caste)
    * ComAir crew system run by 100% Indian IT workers caused the 12/25/05 U.S. airport shutdown when they used a short int instead of a long int (forward caste)
    * Deloitte – 2010 – this Indian-packed consulting company is being sued under RICO fraud charges by Marin Country, California for a failed solution. (forward caste)
    * Dell – call center (closed in India) (forward caste)
    * Delta call centers (closed in India) (forward caste)
    * Fannie Mae – Hired large numbers of Indians, had to be bailed out. Indian logic bomb creator found guilty. (forward caste)
    * GM – Was booming in 2006, signed $300 million outsourcing deal with Wipro that same year, went bankrupt 3 years later (forward caste)
    * HSBC ATMs (software taken over by Indians, failed in 2006) (forward caste)
    * Intel Whitefield processor project (cancelled, Indian staff canned) (forward caste)
    * Lehman (Spectramind software bought by Wipro, ruined, trashed by Indian programmers) (forward caste)
    * Medicare – Defrauded by Indian national doctor Arun Sharma & wife in the U.S. (forward caste)
    * Microsoft – Employs over 35,000 H-1Bs. Stock used to be $100. Today it’s lucky to be over $25. Not to mention that Vista thing. (forward caste)
    * MIT Media Lab Asia (canceled) (forward caste)
    * PeopleSoft (Taken over by Indians in 2000, collapsed). (forward caste)
    * PepsiCo – Slides from #1 to #3 during Indian CEO Indra Nooyi’ watch. (forward caste)
    * Polycom – Former senior executive Sunil Bhalla charged with insider trading. (forward caste)
    * Qantas – See AirBus above (forward caste)
    * Quark (Alukah Kamar CEO, fired, lost 60% of its customers to Adobe because Indian-written QuarkExpress 6 was a failure) (forward caste)
    * Rolls Royce (Sent aircraft engine work to India in 2006, engines delayed for Boeing 787, and failed on at least 2 Quantas planes in 2010, cost Rolls $500m). (forward caste)
    * SAP – Same as Deloitte above in 2010. (forward caste)
    * Skype (Madhu Yarlagadda fired) (forward caste)
    * State of Indiana $867 million FAILED IBM project, IBM being sued (forward caste)
    * State of Texas failed IBM project. (forward caste)
    * Sun Micro (Taken over by Indian and Chinese workers in 2001, collapsed, had to be sold off to Oracle). (forward caste)
    * UK’s NHS outsourced numerous jobs including health records to India in mid-2000 resulting in $26 billion over budget. (forward caste)
    * Union Bank of California – Cancelled Finacle project run by India’s InfoSys in 2011.(forward caste)
    * United – call center (closed in Indiay) (forward caste)
    * Victorian Order of Nurses, Canada (Payroll system screwed up by SAP/IBM in mid-2011) (forward caste)
    * Virgin Atlantic (software written in India caused cloud IT failure) (forward caste)
    * World Bank (Indian fraudsters BANNED for 3 years because they stole data). (forward caste)


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