‘MeToo Urban Naxal’; Hashtag trends after arrest of activist

A social media storm has been brewing following the raids by the Pune police in many states on Tuesday, where they arrested poets, writers and activists, accusing them of being “Maoist sympathisers”.

The police raided homes of Varaara Rao and Kranthi Tekula in Hyderabad, Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Pereira in Mumbai, Sudha Bharadwaj and Stan Swami in Chhattisgarh, Gautam Navlakha in Delhi and Anand Teltumbde in Goa.

Varavara Rao, Vernon Gonsalves and Sudha Bharadwaj have been detained by the police.

Many people have said on social media that this is merely a way to curb and discourage dissent. Meanwhile, film director and author Vivek Agnihotri asked some “bright young minds” to put together a list of those defending “Urban Naxals”.

Several social media users slammed Vivek’s tweet and argued that terms like “Urban Naxal” and others were simply used by a section of the media and people to malign those who have an anti-establishment stance. Others accused him of openly inciting hate.

Check out some of the tweets in response to Vivek below:

Soon, the hashtag “Me Too Urban Naxal” started trending, with people ridiculing Vivek’s call to make a list. They argued that if debating and dissenting meant that they are ‘Urban Naxals’, so be it.

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