Earlier last month, Japan and the entire world for that matter, observed 71st anniversary of the atrocious Hiroshima-Nagasaki nuclear attacks. Out of the then 3,50,000 population of Hiroshima, 1,40,000 perished away, within the next few days that followed the attack. 71 years later, children are born with defects, crops and water bodies are still contaminated and even the air still has radiation. Countless novels, essays and articles have been written on the subject but we still cannot seem to get over what was probably the worst crime in the history of humanity.
Unfortunately, Pakistani and Indian Twitterati don’t seem to have learned a lesson, here.
Almost 5 days back, following the Uri attack, the Secretary General of Rajasthan Cricket Association, Sanjay Dixit started the following poll on twitter.
Are we Indians prepared for a nuclear war for finishing Pakistan as a country. Many of us may die in the process
— Sanjay Dixit (@Sanjay_Dixit) September 18, 2016
Given Dixit’s position, a less biased and a relatively more rational analysis of the situation was expected of him but seems like taking a positive advantage of one’s influence on social media is out of fashion, currently. When the majority of the vote did not go in Sanjay’s favor, he explained that out of 8,142 votes, only 4040 votes were from the Indians. Hence, 80% of the Indians were actually in favor of the war.
Well, whatever helps Mr. Dixit sleep at night.
Both Pakistanis and Indians were quick to pick on this blame game, initiated by Sanjay Dixit and suddenly a colossal number of Twitterati from India and Pakistan began to extract jokes out of the otherwise horrendous situation.
There were some Pakistanis who knew nothing better than to start their own polls.
Poll in response to @Sanjay_Dixit If India threatens Pakistan for a nuclear war, will you be ready to sacrifice?
— Farhan Khan Virk (@FarhanKVirk) September 18, 2016
While others resorted to humor to handle the situation.
Here’s a glimpse into some more of the two cents, our Pakistani and Indian fellows chimed in with:
Kashmiris will be having the last laugh if India Pakistan go for nuclear war. Better to die once than everyday. https://t.co/XwXORMt8SR
— Fero (@prince_fero) September 20, 2016
— Shubham Gupta (@born2helpothers) September 19, 2016
Amidst the bedlam, some of them talked sense too
But the number of such people is unfortunately really low.
These Sanjay Dixit tweets are basically a preview of our terrifying future where important policy decisions will be taken via instant polls.
— karachikhatmal (@karachikhatmal) September 20, 2016
Is twitter down ? It has been 7 minutes since I saw any open letter to Modi or a ridiculous India Pakistan war realted poll on TL..
— The-Lying-Lama (@KyaUkhaadLega) September 20, 2016
Do you actually not realize how all of you, on both sides, will be affected if a nuclear war actually takes place?
The entire India-Pakistan population rounds about to be approximately 1.4 billion. Do you not realize how big of a number that is? Can you not gauge the extent of human and economic loss this war is expected to bring? Your coming generations will suffer for hundreds of years. Does that all sound like a joke to you, imbeciles?
While most of you go around preaching people about not making cancer jokes and about how it is insensitive to do so, where is all the sensitivity now?
Dear Pakistanis and Indians, a nuclear war is not a joke. It is about time we stop making it out to be a trivial thing that can be dealt with a few jokes. Try and act like mature people for once, who can get past silly blame games and actually resolve issues as adults. Also, maybe just leave the anger on the cricket fields.