Bravo, Sushmaji! Swaraj 1, Trolls 0

  Bravo, Sushmaji! Swaraj 1, Trolls 0

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj’s vicious(भ्रष्ट/दोषी) trolling(घुमाना/फुसलाना/प्रतिक्रिया) is condemnable(निंदाजनक ) and wrong. It is welcome that two of her senior colleagues, Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari, have chosen to come out in her support. It is a matter of regret(सोच/खेद) that others, more senior in the party and the government, have not. That said, Swaraj’s trolling opens up a subject that is of more general interest in the current age of social media and will, it is to be hoped, lead on to greater awareness(जागरूकता) of the problem and debate(बहस/वाद-विवाद) on how to confront it. Trolling in India has been most noticeable(उल्लेखनीय/ध्यान देने योग्य/) for its political content, being used, primarily, to attack all critics(आलोचकों) of the Prime Minister, the ruling(सत्तारूढ़) party, its policies and actions. There is counter(विरोध करना) trolling as well. Much of the trolling is misogynist(स्री जाति से द्वेष करनेवाला/नारी द्वेषी). A Congress leader’s 10-year-old daughter has been threatened(धमकी दी) with rape. Threats of violence(हिंसा/क्रूरता) should lead to police action, and cannot be ignored, whether directed at political personalities(व्यक्तित्व) and their associates(सहयोगियों/साथी) or others. Minister Swaraj’s reaction(प्रतिक्रिया), of drawing public attention(ध्यान) to the trolling, is part of what would be a sound strategy to counter trolling.

She did not ignore her trolls, she drew(खींचा/आकर्षित ) wider(व्यापक ) attention(ध्यान) to them by tweeting that she had liked some ‘recent tweets’ and asked people whether they approved of such tweets. This draws on the instincts(सहज ज्ञान/स्वाभाविक बुद्धि) of basic decency(शालीनता/शिष्टता) that allows societies to function coherently(जुड़कर/संगतिपूर्वक) rather(बल्कि/अधिक उचित रूप से) than collapse(गिरावट/संक्षिप्त करें) in anarchy(अराजकता/अव्यवस्था) and destruction(विनाश/तबाही) .

Sometimes, these instincts can remain passive(निष्क्रिय/सहनशील) , in what has been dubbed the onlooker syndrome. A little nudge can break this passivity and persuade(राज़ी करना/समझाना) people to act constructively(रचनात्मक) , denying(नकारना/अस्वीकार करना) trolls the approval they crave(लालसा/याचना करना). Discussing the issues trolls condemn can erode their ground even more. Most importantly, leaders must disavow(नकारना/मुकरना) trolls, not follow them.

 

Important Vocabulary

1.Trolling(घुमाना/फुसलाना/प्रतिक्रिया)
Synonyms: fly-fishing, piscary, trawling, trolling, freshwater fishing

2.Awareness(जागरूकता)
Synonyms: alertness, appreciation, attention, consciousness, experience
Antonyms: disregard, ignorance, neglect, misunderstanding, unfamiliarity

3.Counter(विरोध करना)
Synonyms: antithetical, anti, antipodal, conflicting, contradictory
Antonyms: agreeing, harmonious, similar, concurring, corresponding

4.Drew(खींचा/आकर्षित )
Synonyms: attract, bring, carry, drag, elicit, Antonyms: grow, plant, refuse, repress, insert

5.Instincts(सहज ज्ञान/स्वाभाविक बुद्धि)
Synonyms: aptitude, feeling, hunch, impulse, inclination
Antonyms: inability, incapacity, lack, disinclination, knowledge

6.Anarchy(अराजकता/अव्यवस्था)
Synonyms: chaos, confusion, disorder,, hostility, nihilism
Antonyms: calm, harmony, method, order, organization

7.Collapse(गिरावट/संक्षिप्त करें)
Synonyms: bankruptcy, catastrophe, crash, debacle, destruction
Antonyms: miracle, success, wonder, creation, good fortune

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