BJP abandons Sushma Swaraj in the face of extreme Cyber Bullying

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Indian politicians are known for wielding enormous power base and massive population support, however the mighty seem to have fallen in the case of our Union minister Sushma Swaraj. Swaraj who is known for lending helping hands to citizens in need, has fallen prey to serial online abuse and trolling by BJP supporters and rendered helpless by her own cabinet and party colleagues who have preferred to keep mum.

It seems the BJP has left the External Affairs Minister to fend for herself.

 

Even Swaraj’s political opponents have come out in support against the vicious trolling by right-wingers, her party colleagues have maintained an eerie silence over the sexist and violent online hatred faced by Sushma. Even veterans like LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi have failed to speak up. Otherwise prolific on Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is yet to speak a thing on the matter while his party chief Amit Shah has not found the issue big enough to merit a response.

 

The fact that none of the Modi government ministers deemed it prudent to come to the defence of the BJP’s senior-most woman leader, reveals a lot about the mindset of the party which takes pride in its slogan of “Beti Bachao beti Padhao”. The only comment came from Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who gave a feeble reaction to a journalist saying that what happened to Swaraj was “unfortunate”.

Sushma was subjected to online abuse and accused of Muslim appeasement by right wing trolls after her ministry transferred Vikas Mishra a passport official for allegedly humiliating an interfaith couple.

From mocking her as “Visa Mata” to asking her husband Swaraj Kaushal to “beat her up” to “teach her not to do Muslim appeasement”, the trolls, mostly BJP supporters, poured venom on social media against Sushma for helping the interfaith couple.

The constant trolling evoked an emotional response from Swaraj Kaushal who posted screenshot of a hateful tweet and said “your words have given us unbearable pain”.

In my opinion, Sushma Swaraj is dealing with the country’s foreign image extremely well. Providing Visas to people in need, be it for people from Pakistan, speaks volumes about her character as a person. She is huge hearted and warm. Kind and humane. Other politicians need to take notes from Mrs. Swaraj.

Sushma hit back at trolls with a Twitter poll, asking users whether they “approve such tweets”.

Sushma Swaraj

@SushmaSwaraj

Friends : I have liked some tweets. This is happening for the last few days. Do you approve of such tweets ? Please RT

 

She also ‘liked’ several of the hateful tweets seeking twitterati’s response about them. Many of the trolls, some of whom followed by BJP leadership, have targeted Sushma’s personal life including her health and kidney operation she had a year ago.

 

Capt Sarbjit Dhillon@dhillonsarbjit2

She is almost dead woman as she runs on only one kidney (borrowed from some one else ) and any time that can stop working .

Sushil Chaudhary@_SushilKamboj

सामने आ गया वो सारा सच जिसमें तिल-2 कर तड़पाया गया विकास मिश्रा को क्योंकि वो एक हिन्दू था। अफ़सोस सरकार ने भी उसकी एक नहीं सुनी।http://www.sudarshannews.com/category/national/politics/know-what-happened-with-vikas-mishra-13651?utm_campaign=pubshare&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=321178294632897&utm_content=auto-link&utm_id=522 @tanvianas @5220manas @SushmaSwaraj @narendramodi @PMOIndia @AmitShah

Bharat1@Bharatvanshi211

THIS HARAM-KI-PAIDAISH VISA-MATA MUST BE REMOVED IMMEDIATELY FROM HER POST ! pic.twitter.com/6zpT3M8kGE

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Raveesh Kumar

@MEAIndia

EAM @SushmaSwaraj met with the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini @FedericaMog. Excellent discussions on maximising full potential of India – EU strategic partnership, including implementation of the decisions taken at the previous India-EU Summit in 2017. pic.twitter.com/Z6uSGXERLx

Indra Bajpai@bajpai_indra

Biased decision shame on you mam…is it effect of your islamic kidney??

Youraj Gavate@angry_boyss

@SushmaSwaraj you are doing injustice to honest officer, better if you would have not replaced your kidneys.

Her poll got over 1,24,000 votes with a majority of them (57%) saying “No” but as much as 43 % or over 53,000 users did approve the vicious attack and abuse which itself reveals their mindset.

After the poll, Sushma said she was open to criticism but not in foul language.

Sushma Swaraj

@SushmaSwaraj

In a democracy difference of opinion is but natural. Pls do criticise but not in foul language. Criticism in decent language is always more effective.

 

This is not the first time that either Modi or Shah have kept mum on an issue of significance. In fact it has been their wont to not speak on burning issues- be it the lynchings of Muslims and Dalits or the trolls celebrating the dastardly murder of Gauri Lankesh.

Despite severe backlash from national and in international media Modi refused to unfollow any of the trolls who had openly expressed happiness over Lankesh’s death.

With attacks on women both in the virtual and real world rising, Modi and his BJP’s stoic silence will only embolden the attackers.

Expressing outrage over the vicious trolling, former Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti asked “If our own Minister of External Affairs is not spared, what hope is there for any other woman”.

 

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