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Bodhgaya, Mahabodhi trend as Twiterati expresses anguish on #BodhGaya blasts

Vishakha Saxena, Hindustantimes.com  New Delhi, July 07, 2013
First Published: 17:06 IST(7/7/2013) | Last Updated: 12:52 IST(8/7/2013)

Every time our country winesses a terror attack, people react strongly expressing their anger towards terrorists and terrorism.

And when the attack is at temples and places of religious importance, their reaction only gets stronger as their sentiments take a hit.

In a country where almost every household has a 'mandir' and god is remembered for almost everything ranging from pain and suffering to cricket matches, one can imagine the reactions bomb blasts on a religious site will generate.

'Bodhgaya' and 'Mahabodhi' started trending on Twitter ever since the story of the bomb blasts in Bodhgaya's temple premises first emerged and continued to trend till the evening.

A lot of tweets had a strong political flavor to them. Some favored one party, others favored another and some requested politicians not to politicise the issue.

One of the best things however, that one can take away from the reactions that poured in against blasts is how god unites people, irrespective of their religion.

Hundreds of people tweeted about how condemnable it was that the monument of a very peace-loving religion, Buddhism, was brutalised and many others simply asked one question: Who would have anything against the Buddhists?

Here's a compilation of some of the tweets that show people's surprise and anger towards this attack:


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