For ‘abuse,’ Twitter blocks handle claiming to poll, work with government.
This was the headline of the Indian Express article on this issue published on July 10, 2018, the first of dozens of articles on this subject.
“If you could slap one person who would it be?” This question is followed by names of four prominent Opposition voices.
“To #MakeIndiaGreatAgain which of the 66 alleged #EnemiesOfIndia have to be silenced?” Below are the names of an Opposition politician, an Islamic preacher and a journalist.
“Which of these journalists could be capable of hiding important news for a bribe?” There are the names of four journalists.
A tweet with the question “Hottest Party Spokesperson?” is followed by the names of women spokespersons from four political parties.
These are some of the posts of the Twitter handle, @MyVoteToday, which claims to be the world’s second largest pollster.
I would like to address each of these “so-called” abusive tweets, as claimed in the article by Indian Express.
“If you could slap one person who would it be?” Firstly, this Poll was conducted in February, 2017 – therefore, any reaction 17 months later cannot be justified. Secondly, this Poll was run in the context of Arvind Kejriwal getting slapped publicly for a second time, just a few months earlier. Thirdly, the choices were not just “four prominent opposition voices” as the Express has claimed. There were 96 options given, and these included ruling party names such as Yogi Adityanath, Vinay Katiyar, Vijay Goel, Rajnath Singh, Sakshi Maharaj, Sambit Patra and Smriti Irani, amongst several others. Therefore, it would be wrong to imply that this Poll targeted “opposition voices”. Fourth and lastly, after someone complained to Twitter that “slapping” could influence violence, and Twitter pointed it out to us we immediately changed the question to “Whose picture would you like to see on the MVT Wall of Shame?“
To #MakeIndiaGreatAgain which of the 66 alleged #EnemiesOfIndia have to be silenced? This poll was also conducted back in April, 2017, so why start discussing it 15 months later, unless “someone” has told you to do? Also, I’m not exactly sure what was abusive in this as we clearly used the word “alleged”. The idea was to survey who the common people (our voters) considered as enemies of India. Every day on TV debates, such things are discussed. Republic TV’s Arnab Goswami calls people anti-nationals or “enemies of India” on their face. Here, we were not calling anyone an enemy of the nation. We were asking citizens to decide who were, and who were not.
Which of these journalists could be capable of hiding important news for a bribe? Dear reader, please read the question again. What is wrong? Has this question not been asked by prominent politicians not just in India, but worldwide. Leading statistics data provider Statista.com gives us data on which nation is most affected by Fake News. None other than Donald Trump talks about it, frequently. And to top it all, this poll was conducted in April, 2016. Suddenly, Indian journalists woke up to it 27 months later? Was there not some hidden agenda (of God knows who?) behind listing this poll in the Indian Express article?
Hottest Party Spokesperson? This Poll was conducted in November, 2016. There were four options listed. Three of the Ladies did not have a problem with it then, or since then. I have personally spoken to two of them. Only one had an issue. Priyanka Chaturvedi of Congress. This could be due to one of two reasons: 1) Congresspeople have generally hated us from the beginning, as our polls bring out the truth about what Indian citizens think of the party; or 2) Priyanka saw that she was not winning the Poll. Don’t leading newspapers and magazines keep writing about hottest women all the time? Aren’t modern women proud of looking hot?
ARE WE TRULY LIVING IN A DEMOCRACY?
More important than all of the above, WHY IS IT THAT NO MEDIA ORGANIZATION HAS EVER BOTHERED TO CARRY ARTICLES ON THE POSITIVE IMPACT SOME OF OUR POLLS HAVE HAD ON THE COUNTRY? Here are some examples:
- Just 3 days after one of our polls (in June 2016) showed that Narendra Modi’s biggest failure was handling the media, the Prime Minister gave his first interview to a private TV channel since getting elected 25 months earlier.
- Again, 3 days after our Poll showed that 49% of people want a Uniform Civil Code, the Government asked the Law Commission to examine the issue.
- Three months after our petition to plant 6.3 billion (630 crore) trees per year in India, the Parliament passed the “Afforestation Fund Bill 2016” that allowed Indian states to access ₹42,000 crores of funds towards afforestation projects.
- Just 13 days after our Poll showed that 83.2% of Indians favoured India supporting freedom for Balochistan, the Prime Minister announced in his independence day address that India will support the Baloch independence movement.
- After another poor performance by India in the 2016 Olympic Games, we did a series of tweets asking the PM to constitute a Special Panel for Tokyo 2020 headed by a former Olympian medal winner such as Rajyavardhan Rathore or Abhinav Bindra, enlist the help of people such as Sushil Kumar (wrestler), Sania Mirza, Sachin Tendulkar and Ashwini Ponnappa, getting stars such as Amitabh Bachchan Sha Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar to help raise a Special Olymoics Fund, and other such initiatives. Soon thereafter, PM Modi announced the setting up of a Task Force to prepare an action plan for the next 3 Olympic Games – 2020, 2024 and 2028.
- A week after one our polls showed that 70.5% people believed that the lack of a hard response to the URI attack will hurt Narendra Modi and BJP in the Punjab, UP and other state elections due in a few months, the Indian Army conducted a surgical strike across the LoC in PoK.
- About 45 days after 90.6% of people in one of our polls said that India should have a law to deny religion-based funerals for terrorists and instead dump their bodies in the sea like America did with Osama bin Laden, the bodies of three terrorists killed in the Langate (J&K) encounter were buried at an undisclosed location by our security forces, against the earlier practice of handing them over to locals for last rites.
- Three months after our Poll showed that 88% people demanded the “Right to Recall” elected officials, BJP Member of Parliament Varun Gandhi moved a Bill in the Lok Sabha for the same.
- Within a week of our poll that nominated Hasan Ali Khan as the most corrupt out of nine businessmen, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) registered a fresh case of money laundering against Khan.
- Four months after our poll showed that 60% of voters felt the need for RBI to introduce ₹200 notes, RBI officially approved this.
- About five months after we tweeted that ministers need to give up their luxurious bungalows in Lutyens Delhi and instead move to apartments, senior Minister Nitin Gadkari proposed the same thought.
These are just 11 out of dozens of positive impacts that we have had in the past 29 months. But it suits the agenda of leftist liberals (90% of our media, if not more) to focus on the positive, and instead find that odd one that can be spun as “abusive”.
This doesn’t just happen in India, but worldwide, especially in the last 4-6 years, during which leftists and their thoughts are having to beat a retreat.