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Young Indians go online to voice anger

For young Indians across the globe, social networking is not just getting in touch with friends. It is also a means to voice their opinion on important issues. HT Correspondent reports.

india Updated: Sep 17, 2008 23:36 IST

For young Indians across the globe, social networking is not just getting in touch with friends. It is also a means to voice their opinion on important issues — this time the Delhi blasts.

The aftermath of the serial blasts has seen the emergence of several online communities on popular websites such as Facebook and Orkut, which youngsters are using to voice their anger and frustration.

"If your hearts go out to the victims of the Delhi blasts, so should your wallets. Go over to Galli No 42, Beadonpura, if you really feel that bad. Some of the victims' family members need jobs, and I'm sure many of you could help": says one such reaction on Facebook.

Facebook has over eight communities dedicated to those who were either killed or injured in the blasts. One community, for instance, has over 1,700 members and has several reactions from Indians living abroad.

"Most of these online groups are formed to honour those who were affected by the terror attacks. However, these communities also double up as a platform for many to express their opinions on terrorism. Posts relating to the latter reflect the mood of youngsters," said Rashika Sen, a member of one such community on Orkut.

However, these online groups have more than just angry reactions to offer. Some serve as forums for youngsters to suggest and discuss solutions to the problem of terrorism.

"We can organise rallies, motivate people to join them… we have to demand better security measures, we have to demand that the culprits are caught and punished. Look what the youth in Jammu and Kashmir did, they brought the whole state to a standstill and made the whole country take notice, why can't Delhi do it?" reads another message on one of the communities.