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#Harshtags for Riots: Shamli in Twitter

Muzaffarnagar_Violence (Photo Courtesy: indianexpress.com)

Recently a twitter user launched a venomous attack on the Muslim community with the hashtag #GodhraAgain. Linking the recent ‘rail roko’ protest in Shamli, UP to the 2002 burning of Sabarmati Express at Godhra Station, the tweets incited murderous violence against Muslims. To discuss this issue, Newsclick interviewed filmmaker Nakul Singh Sawhney whose recent documentary, “Muzaffarnagar Baki Hai” provides an in-depth insight into the events leading up to the 2014 Muzaffarnagar riots. Nakul characterises this social media campaign as more than an a mere attack on the minority community. Putting it in a historical context, he traces this incitement to a larger agenda of communal polarisation in Uttar Pradesh for upcoming elections. To know more, watch the interview.

(Courtesy: http://newsclick.in/)

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