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The hashtag nation

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The easiest thing in this world is sitting in the comfort of your home and starting a trend with a catchy hashtag on the social media. If it becomes a trend, you have scored a sixer in cricket lingo, and of course you did your share of raising social awareness about a burning issue. Under normal circumstances, this is all fine and dandy. God forbid, if there is a horrific incident, like the one that just unfolded in the heartland of Punjab, involving an 8-year-old minor, these trends do not mean much in terms of concrete action or corrective measures.

Basically, we are an emotional nation. Everyone, from a commoner on the street to the people in power echelons, prefer a forum to express their unrestrained opinions about anything and everything. Thanks to the advent of social media, people have found a place to release their pent-up anger and frustration. The recent incident was no exception.

In any civilised country, a picture of a minor is not made public, especially of a corpse. We excel in that area too, as after all we seek nothing but the actual and unadulterated truth. No sarcasm there, as we have so much falsehood floating around, the people have no other option, but to post the gruesome pictures online. This is done to create the........

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