The terror attack killing seven Amarnath pilgrims in Anantnag on Monday evening has sent shock waves across India. It’s not surprising why emotion was running high among most Indians.
However, while sane and politically neutral citizens questioned the security and intelligence lapses by both the central and the state governments, supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to make in a communal issue along the expected lines.
Shuchi Singh Kalra from renowned online travel company MakeMyTrip was one of them, who targetted no less a person that the Home Minister Rajnath Singh with her abusive tweet.
Singh had tweeted, “The people of Kashmir have strongly condemned the terror attack on Amarnath yatris. It shows the spirit of Kashmiriyat is very much alive.”
To which, Kalra wrote, “Who gives a f*** about the spirit of Kashmiriyat at this moment? It’s not job to placate. Just drag them cowards out and cull them.”
Singh responded to her tweet firmly and wrote, “Ms Kalra I certainly do. It is absolutely my job to ensure peace & tranquility in all parts of the country. All Kashmiris are not terrorists.”
Ms Kalra I certainly do. It is absolutely my job to ensure peace & tranquility in all parts of the country. All Kashmiris are not terrorists https://t.co/YdTnjDND9i
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) July 11, 2017
Kalra’s ill-fated tweet sparked angry response from Twitter users that included journalists and Supreme Court lawyers, who demanded clarification from MakeMyTrip.
Social Media decorum doesn't seem to be a big thing now, is it. Especially someone who is apparently an Editor for a major corporate house pic.twitter.com/RpmjqIpZJV
— Saikat Datta (@saikatd) July 11, 2017
— SANJAY HEGDE (@sanjayuvacha) July 11, 2017
Faced with public condemnation and possible action from her employer, Kalra quickly deleted her controversial tweet before deleting her Twitter account altogether. It’s not clear if she has done so under direction from MakeMyTrip.
Her Facebook profile describes her designation as ‘Content marketing at MakeMyTrip.com.”
Among those killed were five women from Gujarat and two from neighbouring Maharashtra. All five pilgrims from Gujarat were cremated on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir government on Tuesday decided to reward the driver of the bus, Salim Sheikh, with Rs 3 lakh for his bravery in saving the lives of at least 50 pilgrims.
Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani too promised to recognise Salim’s bravery.