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:
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.