By Sourya Majumder:
News broke last morning that India had carried out a military operation across the Line of Control in Pakistan, following the attack at Uri. The attack by India is being referred to as a ‘surgical strike’ as they were precise strikes on specific camps (alleged to be terrorist camps). Twitter has been abuzz with the hashtag #surgicalstrikes, and the atmosphere of ‘nationalist pride’ that has been building up for some time now, fanned by several political parties, has found a very appropriate outlet. Reactions from India, including from several celebrities and media persons, mostly involved celebratory displays of pride, patriotism and congratulatory messages to the army. While it is is a must to condemn terrorism, jingoistic reactions should actually be cause for alarm, as war-mongering on social media and misguided public pressure can worsen this volatile situation.
However, while difficult to find, there were some balanced and cautious voices from both sides of the border asking for a more measured look at the events, and what they could escalate to. Here’s a look at some of the responses.
Finally India abandoned its failed Defensive strategy to Doval's Defensive-Offensive strategy after independence under Modi. #SurgicalStrike
— অনিমেষ শর্মা (@iAnimeshS) September 29, 2016
Finally! Good to see the forces celebrating. Great hit back! Well done Indian Army, and Modi for keeping your words sharp! #SurgicalStrike
— Aboyob Bhuyan (@aboyobbhuyan) September 29, 2016
#SurgicalStrike well planned and executed strategy to handle Pakistan in its own way
— Aditya Tiwari (@adi7tiwari) September 29, 2016
— Priya (@PriJD641) September 29, 2016
#ModiPunishesPak Surgical strike celebration is treating as festival celebration.Everybody on Twitter is congratulating PM& Army!!!
— Prafull (@tprafull) September 29, 2016
Dear Pakistani , this surgical strike was just a trailer,picture abhi baki h..terroristan Pakistan ?
— Prahlad Vaishnav (@PrahladVaishna8) September 29, 2016
— Aditya Vashistha (@Kheyali_Nawab) September 29, 2016
— Shivya Pandey (@PandeyShivya) September 29, 2016
— Rahul Kaushik (@kaushkrahul) September 29, 2016
Took Pak army several weeks to admit its soldiers were involved in Kargil misadventure Let's see how long it takes to accept #SurgicalStrike
— Rahul Kanwal (@rahulkanwal) September 29, 2016
— Sunny Deol (@IAMSUNNYDEOL) September 29, 2016
Thnx Indian army for the action against terrorism.V should all pray for safety & well being of our Indian soldiers. pic.twitter.com/7gltoNP937
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) September 29, 2016
Namaskar. Mujhe garv hai hamare veer jawano pe,hamare pradhan matri ji aur raksha mantri ji pe. Jai Hind !Vande Mataram !
— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) September 29, 2016
— Nandish Singh (@nandishsandhu) September 29, 2016
We sincerely congratulate the Central Government and our brave armed forces for the decisive action taken against terrorism.
— Nitish Kumar (@NitishKumar) September 29, 2016
We can debate the precise details of #SurgicalStrike, but here's the big picture: India has ended the failed policy of strategic restraint.
— Sadanand Dhume (@dhume) September 29, 2016
Dear India this isnt a Akshay Kumar movie. #SurgicalStrike
— Zee ! (@wifi327) September 29, 2016
— Prabhjot Hundal (@hundalprabhk_) September 29, 2016
As long as chance of escalation is high, I'd be cautious in my assessment of today's #SurgicalStrike. Too many people gushing too much.
— Raja (@Raja_Sw) September 29, 2016
Pakistan's response to kinetic aggression by India across LOC in Kashmir will be forceful. India has initiated a dangerous escalation.
— Mosharraf Zaidi (@mosharrafzaidi) September 29, 2016
— Mohi Abro (@azadmohi) September 29, 2016
Totally expect Arnab to come dressed in a pinstriped suit with Narendra Damodardas Modi written all over it, tonight.
— Game changing Taz (@xtahzy) September 29, 2016
Amidst all of this jingoistic celebration, let us not forget the actual toll war can take – on our economy, on our soldiers, on civilians on both sides of the border. It is more important now than ever to not spread misinformation, think clearly about the facts and the implications of a move like this, and reflect on where we might want to go in the future as a nation. Is more death and destruction what we really want?