Stand-up comedian Mallika Dua is in the eye of a social media storm thanks to a video of her on Facebook. Dua took to Facebook to take on the Pulwama terror attack and the criticism around it on social media. The terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir that took the lives of 40 jawans of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has left the entire country in a state of shock. Social media, over the past four days, has been flooded with images and messages of people mourning the terror attack. There has also been much criticism and trolling on social media for people who have been ‘living their lives normally’.
Dua, in a video on Facebook, said, “These people who are saying that ‘humare log shaheed ho gaye, aap apne life normally kaise jee rahe ho (our people have been martyred, how can you live your life normally)’… people are saying this to each other; not just to me, it’s all over social media. There is a group of people who are violently in protest of the fact that people are showing their lives the way they are.”
“Now my point is, every day there are people who die of hunger, bhukmari, berozgaari, depression… there are so many reasons why people die; not just in India, but all over the world. You keep going about your life like you do, right? Are those lives any less important? Or are we being insensitive? Do we not care because we are posting things on social media? What is this logic? Yeh kya nonsense chal rahi hai ki poora desh ro raha hai aur tum has rahi ho?” Dua is heard saying in the video on Facebook.
The video, since the time it was published on social media, has already received about 60,000 views and more than 500 shares.
Along with the video, Mallika wrote, “To all the nakli nationalists and keyboard patriots, you don’t get to decide who’s Indian and who’s not. Especially those of you hell bent on destroying the secular fabric of this country really need to shut your mouths before giving others unsolicited Gyaan on being Indian. Tum hum se zyaada hindustaani nahin aur hum tumse kam Hindustaani nahi. It’s very convenient to be a keyboard warrior when it’s someone else shedding blood on your behalf.”
In the near-5-minute video, Mallika also slams the ‘nakli nationalists’ for criticising her, “Phir toh saare saal humein mourning mein rehna chahiye na? Our politicians are also living normally. So what is this lecturebaazi people are doing? Stop policing each other on social media, guys, it’s bulls**t. There’s enough and more reasons to mourn every day, but life goes on.”
The video received more than 1,300 comments, most of them from people slamming Mallika for her ‘insensitivity’.
“You are a classic example, that India is facing threat not just from outsiders but from insiders as well,” wrote one user.
“Did you just compare deaths by hunger, sickness & depression to the deaths of the martyred Indian soldiers? Wow. I am glad you posted this video. I mean on a serious note at least we all know what a huge disappointment you are to the Indian Nation. How insulting it must be for the Indian Army, Navy, & Air Force & even the local Police to protect people like you & your kind. How interesting to see that you actually took your precious time out to use your wonderful technological gadgets to make your very own far from cute & a very insensitive video to confirm your completely anti – national sentiments at a time when the country is in mourning. But I am not surprised dear, after all this sentiment runs in your blood. Disappointing. That’s all,” wrote another user on Facebook.
A Facebook user wrote, “Well said Mallika, but how come there came not a single post from you condoning the death of our martyrs ? One can pay respects even without posting on social media, I agree, but when you choose to criticize an incident relating to it online, you should also have the courtesy to recognise the brave hearts who gave their lives. Kuch toh social responsibility bantha hain !”
“Guys don’t abuse her just unfollow from every social media platforms..uske baad isse Khud akal a jaegii..” wrote another user.
Someone had a tongue-in-cheek comment on Dua’s video, “That awkward moment when you lecture keyboard warriors using keyboard.”
February 14’s terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama was the worst the state has seen in a decade. The attack which claimed the life of 40 CRPF soldiers, was claimed by banned terrorist organisation Jaish-E-Mohammed. Adil Ahmad Dar, a suicide bomber, rammed an explosives-laden SUV into a bus, resulting in the death of 40 soldiers. The terror attack saw severe criticism from many countries all over the world.