New Delhi: With over 400 dead and lakhs displaced, Kerala battled the worst floods it has experienced in a 100 years. Although the Central government termed the natural disaster as as ‘calamity of severe nature’, there are some who blamed it on Keralites.
‘Aur khao beef (eat more beef’),’ is what a man wrote in reply to a news agency’s tweet on one of Kerala Chief Minister’s many updates on the flood situation in the state. What the man actually meant? “The people of Kerala brought the floods upon themselves because they ate beef.”
This is not just one person who lacks empathy, there are many who are blaming Kerala for bringing the floods upon themselves for organising beef festivals, killing dogs and cows and how this is the wrath of Ayyappa unleashing on the state, because women are daring to seek entry into the Sabarimala temple.
Even the freshly-appointed director of the Reserve Bank of India, S Gurumurthy, waded into the Sabarimala issue. He tweeted suggesting that Supreme Court judges may like to see if there is any connection between the case and the rains, that have cut off Sabarimala among other places.
“Even if there is one in a million chance of a link, people would not like the case decided against Ayyappan,” Gurumurthy tweeted, arguing it is about people’s beliefs.
Prashant Patel Umrao linked Kerala’s worst two floods of 1924 and 2018 and tweeted, “Earlier natural disaster in God’s own country after massacre of Hindus in Mopla and now in 2018 after slaughtering of cows and disrespecting deities of Gods.”
It doesn’t stop here. Since Kerala mostly comprises of Muslims and Christians, there are people who are spreading the message not to donate to Kerala or just to organistations that will support the Hindus in Kerala.
“Please donate to help Kerala Hindus. Christians & Muslims worldwide raising lots of money to help mainly their own people and agendas,” US-based author Rajiv Malhotra tweeted. He later deleted his tweet but it was retweeted by over a thousand people.
These faceless hate mongers are laughing at the plight of human beings stuck inside and outside homes, surrounded by water but thirsty for a single sip.
Here are some tweets that will make you cringe:
#KeralaFloods #Kerala deserved it, Malayalees invited it upon themselves for being unapologetic beef-eaters@newslaundry #propaganda at the time of disaster #Commies ☭ #Congress Indulging in to spread hates&rift between peoples of #India 🇮🇳🤔 @sagenaradamuni#KeralaFloodRelief pic.twitter.com/jAbap558tC
— Jai Poswal🇮🇳 (@JaiPoswal1995) August 19, 2018
Mostly devastated area of Kerala is known for cow slaughtering area and congress celebrated beef party in that area. The district of Kerala where beef party was organised is washed away. This is a lesson for keralites. https://t.co/vMMnnlRKSb
— Mahesh Kumar Agrawal (@girijamahesh) August 19, 2018
It seems to be true sir
Lord Ayyappa is angry with the Kerala Govt, as whole country knows that Communist & Congressi Workers had publicly slaughtered an innocent Calf in protest of Beef ban, cooked it publicly & feasted on its cooked beef openly on the road !
God wouldn't spare. pic.twitter.com/OtulS7xf90
— JN Kaushik (@JaganNKaushik) August 16, 2018
Sabarimala Ayyappan Temple..
— Hari Prabhakaran (@HariIndic) August 17, 2018
For eons …women between the ages 10-50 yrs have NOT entered the temple … AND NOTHING UNTOWARD HAPPENED …EVER … IN THE HISTORY OF #SABRIMALA SRI AYYAPAN TEMPLE.
We are entitled to our disbelief … but we should not meddle with age old beliefs & Customs
— RajiRajan (@chembolly) August 18, 2018
@harishsalvee #SupremeCourtMeddling Entire Kerala is livid on those who interfered with the discipline of Sabrimala temple – Lord Ayyappa is angry & punishing Kerala for letting outsiders to meddle. Note that all rainfall is falling on Kerala dists and none in TN or Karnataka !
— rajji3351 (@rajji33512) August 18, 2018
Amazed at the hypocrisy of Indian intellectuals who trash people's faith. 99% Indians believe in God. 100%, including liberals, seculars, intellectuals, believe in astrology. Atheist Karunanidhi's followers prayed for him. I am among those who look to God but not astrology!! https://t.co/UJsr9Ip0eP
— S Gurumurthy (@sgurumurthy) August 18, 2018
What I said is this: If there is even one in a million chance of a link between the case and the rains, people — repeat people — would not like the case decided against Ayappan. It is about people's belief. For the info of all I am not an Ayyappa devotee, going to Sabarimala. https://t.co/AUmeyVD3bb
— S Gurumurthy (@sgurumurthy) August 18, 2018
We don’t want the haters to be nicer or kinder. People who are already suffering don’t need your hate at the moment. Kerala can manage without your kindness, all we are requesting you to do is keep shut.