When social media runs riot, and paves the mob way

Delhi Riots, social media
Even as their right to protest was challenged in the Supreme Court, a co-ordinated attempt was made by right-wing groups on social media to tarnish the image of Shaheen Bagh and those peacefully protesting. | Illustration – Eunice Dhivya

Weeks before the full-fledged communal riots started in Delhi, on February 14, a peaceful message and Twitter hashtag was trending on Valentine’s Day — Modi #TumkabAaoge.

Women on a peaceful sit-in protest against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh since December 14 had extended an invitation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit them, talk to them and make peace.

“PM Modi, please come to Shaheen Bagh, collect your gift and talk to us.” The protesters wanted to celebrate the festival of love with Modi.

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