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'Internet Hindus' abuzz online, trends for third consecutive day

Hindustantimes.com  New Delhi, November 12, 2012
First Published: 15:38 IST(12/11/2012) | Last Updated: 15:48 IST(12/11/2012)

Three days on, 'Internet Hindus' is still among the top trends on Twitter. Triggered off by an article by historian Ramchandra Guha in Outlook, quite obviously, the topic has and continues to create a buzz on the internet.

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In his article, an excerpt from his soon to be published book 'Patriots and Partisans', titled 'Who Milks This Cow?', Guha writes on how 'Hindutvawadis' troll the internet in search for slights to the faith. Sharing his experience, Guha writes, ".. at least nine in ten of my articles have dealt with other subjects. However, it is always articles that touch on the philosophy and practice of Hindutva that attract the most attention (anger)."

"They have brought me into contact with a certain kind of Indian who gets up before dawn, has a glass of cow's milk, prays to the sun god, and begins scanning cyberspace for that day's secular heresies."

Describing 'Internet Hindus' as a swarm of bees, who come swarming after you at any mention of Modi, Muslims or Pakistan, CNN-IBN deputy editor Sagarika Ghose, in a 2010 article again in the Outlook, says she coined the term to "describe a specific group of people online who describe themselves as Hindu nationalists, and who operate in well-organised groups to attack—in foul language—those perceived as liberal."

While the topic continues to trend, it has now taken a different turn and is now used  wish each other happy Diwali.

Here are some of the popular tweets:

@SanghParivarOrg
When U can't face their criticism, demean them by branding them abusers. This is strategy of pseudo-secular media against Internet Hindus

@ShehlaRashid
3 days and still trending. Internet Hindus should be entitled to a caste certificate now. #InternetHinduCaste

@james_priya
Internet Hindus (noun) : Any person on social media who questions Media Bias and Stupidity

@internet_hindus
Giving us a brand name "Internet Hindus" was the biggest mistake @sagarikaghose did in her journalistic career. She organized us

@ishaanspeaks
Internet Hindus are downgrading Hindus like Islamic Terrorist have done to Islam. Yes, both are different but still similar in fanaticism.

@ElectroKnol
Internet Hindus? They Love whole planet as they Love their own Family " #quote Happy Diwali All

You can read Guha's article here.

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