Over the past few months, our lives have been ruled by the Coronavirus pandemic and the nation-wide lockdown that followed. The drastic change in lifestyle has also paved path for internet users to voice their thoughts and concerns on internet more than earlier, as personal interactions have reduced over the last few months. As COVID-19 continues to be a highly-discussed topic online, it’s not the only one.
MAKERS India takes a look at what women of power said on social media in the past week, and how organisational allies are championing women’s rights.
National Commission for Women Chairperson Rekha Sharma’s gentle reminder that women are human:
Women rights are also human rights so yes they do. https://t.co/4n0PAo6MSl
— Rekha Sharma (@sharmarekha) June 16, 2020
UNWomen on awareness:
Ensure that 👩&👧's are able to get information about prevention & response to the epidemic in ways they can understand 🗣️
Women typically have less access to information than men. Reaching women & girls & educating them on the disease is crucial to tackling #Covid19 pic.twitter.com/kvZhM6v6CK
— UN Women India (@unwomenindia) June 17, 2020
The past week was eventful in India, with the shocking suicide of actor Sushant Singh Rajput (and subsequent debate on nepotism denying chances to newcomers in Bollywood) ruling the headlines.
Actor Deepika Padukone, who has been vocal on the need for awareness mental health for years, stated this:
BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi also made a relevant point on facing the real world problems, without specifically referring to the actor’s death:
Sending children 2schools & colleges is very important but it doesn’t prepare them for life. A fine balance of being available 2them in times of hostilities & failures is necessary. Making them independent & responsible for their thought,action & consequences is equally important
— Meenakashi Lekhi (@M_Lekhi) June 15, 2020
Activist and actor Swara Bhasker called for respecting the privacy of the deceased and his family:
Sushant didn’t leave a note. We don’t know what he went thru. We don’t know the cause. STOP taking out ur frustration using the pain of a troubled person. He didn’t leave a note! Get it? He didn’t want to talk about it. He’s gone. Let him have his peace & his family privacy. 2/n
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) June 15, 2020
As conversations on nepotism flared up post the young actor’s suicide, actor Taapsee Pannu – who has no godfather in the film industry - made a strong statement without even saying much:
The week also witnessed trouble at India-China border, which led to the death of 20 jawans, raising concerns of international security.
Actor Anushka Sharma, like numerous fellow-netizens, showed solidarity for Indian Army with this message:
Another significant development in the past few days that drew attention from various quarters was the FIR filed against veteran journalist Supriya Sharma for her coverage of the effect of the lockdown in Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency.
Following this development, Supreme Court lawyer Karuna Nundy made an accurate observation on the state of freedom of press in India:
No fig leaves here, this FIR against @sharmasupriya, an award winning journalist is a full frontal attack on one of the remaining reporters who exercise FoE through objective reportage. https://t.co/tQiobLZLTY
— Karuna Nundy (@karunanundy) June 18, 2020
Firebrand journalist Saba Naqvi was among the many who commented on freedom of speech in this context:
Our press freedom index keeps going downwards.
What you want to hide the world sees clearly...
— Saba Naqvi (@_sabanaqvi) June 18, 2020
Activist and former journalist Ruchira Gupta and prominent author Nilanjana Roya also commented on the same:
— Ruchira Gupta (@Ruchiragupta) June 18, 2020
Tell us your favourite tweets from the past week in the comments below!