Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday left a special message on the Facebook headquarters wall — “Ahimsa (non-violence) is the greatest Dharma. Satyameva Jayate”.
Modi, who had come to the Facebook headquarters for a townhall meeting, scrawled the message in Gujarati — “Ahimsa paramo dharma, Satyameva jayatey” — non-violence is the greatest religion, truth will remain victorious.
“PM @narendramodi’s special message, in Gujarati. ‘Ahimsa is the greatest Dharma. Satyameva Jayate’,” tweeted external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup, with a photo of the writing.
Modi attended a townhall along with Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg for a Q&A session with a group of selected audience.
His detractors, however, have been quick to mock the prime minister for his emphasis on non-violence with many calling this ironic.
User @abhic4ever said;
Who says Modi on a foreign visit trolls only opposition? This time, he trolled his own supporters. Said, "ahimsa parmo dharma". 🙂
— Abhijeet (@abhic4ever) September 27, 2015
User @vinaydokania’s sarcastic tweet said that Modi preaching non-violence at Facebook headquarter will be declared as jumla by the BJP president Amit Shah.
modi – i respect women,i respect mothers,i.empower women, ahimsa parma dharma.
amit shah- ye sab jumla hai bhai #GappuCircus
— Vinay Kumar Dokania (@vinaydokania) September 27, 2015
User @AMadumoole tweeted;
"Ahimsa Paramo Dharma" – Modi preaches at FB the lesson he learnt by watching the 2002 football match. #ModiInSiliconValley
— Abdulla Madumoole (@AMadumoole) September 27, 2015
Modi has always been accused of being involved in 2002 Gujarat riots, which had killed 1200 people, mostly Muslims. Civil rights groups have asked him to at least express remorse on what many describe as one of the darkest chapters of modern Indian history, but he’s always refused to do so.
Jantakareporter.com had last week reported the renowned Supreme Court lawyer, Prashant Bhushan’s revelation that the leaked emails showed the involvement of Modi and Shah in Gujarat riots.