When it comes to bringing a cultural, societal change, social media plays a major role. After all, India continues to be a democracy and freedom of speech is alive, at least on paper - literally and metaphorically. The past week saw women on social media speak up about the multitude of problems India is facing today, and their take on misogynistic and divisive tendencies.
On Saturday, Mukhesh Khanna - who played the character of Shaktimaan in the children’s television serial of the same name in the late 1990s - was trending on Twitter, for a horrible comment he made on women’s safety and position in the society. Activist Rita Banerji was among the many who retorted without mincing words:
Stressing the need for all of us to be more empathetic to our fellow human beings in these difficult times, journalist Rana Ayyub had tweeted:
Incidentally, empathy for sex workers was one issue that made anti-trafficking activist Sunita Krishnan make this statement:
Over the past few weeks, conversations on Dalit rights have been gaining momentum in the online and offline world. Lawyer Nikita Sonavane’s tweet was a reminder of the Dalit realities which mainstream society often turns a blind eye to:
Interestingly, author and activist Meena Kandasamy also called out the casteist and misogynistic elements in the Hindu scripture of Manusmriti - after Tamil Nadu politician Thirumavalavan created controversy by making anti-women statements based on the scripture:
The violence by Islamic extremists in France last week had created a storm across the world, which unfortunately led to Islamophobic comments on social media as well. Journalist Saba Naqvi had a no-nonsense stand on the issue:
Challenging gender stereotypes during the ongoing lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Nishtha Satyam, Deputy Country Representative at UN Women, made a significant observation:
The other topic of discussion related to Coronavirus in India over the past few days was on the Aarogya Setu app by the union government. Comedian Aditi Mittal, in her signature style, made a sarcastic, thought-provoking comment on the same:
On a more serious note, Kamala Harris, the Indian-origin Vice Presidential candidate in the US, reminded netizens of the significance of government transparency to fight this deadly virus:
In the next few days, the US election results will be announced, and surely, social media is bound to be flooded with its impact as American elections have an undeniable impact on the rest of the world too. MAKERS India will bring you the best and worst of social media next weekend too. Till then, take care.