Even as social media remained abuzz with Raksha Bandhan wishes on Saturday, there was a surge of jokes on the rising onion prices in the country under Narendra Modi’s leadership on Facebook, Twitter and mobile messaging applications such as WhatsApp. Messages such as “Parmatma aap ki jholi pyazon se bhar de” and “pya (r)z lo, pyaz do” kept circulating along with the festival wishes.
A Congress loyalist family in Hoshiarpur celebrated the festival by gifting onions to their daughter. “This is the most precious gift one can give these days,” said Krishna Saini, a former municipal councillor.
A shopkeeper came out with a discount offer of 1 kg free onions on every purchase of rakhis worth Rs 1,000. In a high stake game of gambling in a market, a group of locals placed bets on onions instead of money and the winner declared himself an ‘Onionaire’.
An enthusiastic social media user circulated ‘Humanity still exists’ message to journalists in which a guy finds onions on the road and returns them to their rightful owner, and wanted the exemplary deed to be highlighted to motivate people to be honest.
People took potshots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi by sharing his ‘Selfie with onion’ pictures and messages like ‘Na khaunga, na khane doonga’.
Some of the caricatures and posts were downright outrageous.
The Jain community, which does not eat onions, joined the social media war of jokes by advising onion eaters to shun the vegetable. “Jain hote to aaj na rotte (If you believed in Jains’ philosophy of not eating onions, you would not be crying today because of the spiralling prices),” read one of the messages.