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Our Democracy Needs Liberalism To Survive

#AadarshLiberal (or "ideal" liberal) has been one of India's most tweeted hashtags this past month. The title - a parody on Indian liberalism - claims that Indian liberals are unintelligent, unpatriotic, and, very specifically, anti-Hindu blokes who deserve nothing more than the worst expletives Twitter can dole out. It represents the tip of an iceberg of toxic conservatism and fanatical religious nationalism that threatens to plague the fragile nature of democracy not just in India, but in the world's largest continent as well.
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Don't Flog The Microblogger

The easiest thing to do on social media and even the offline world is to flog the microblogger. It is so easy to say, "These 140 character creators are good for nothing dolts." People who tweet know that there can be more truth in their precision than a 1000-word op-ed in a prestigious daily. The world of Twitter is where the first trends get confirmed. Entire stories are or can be shaped out of a tweet that is laden with significance.