In­ter­net Warriors

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A video in which a CRPF sol­dier ex­er­cised re­straint while be­ing jeered at and kicked by a crowd was widely lauded on­line. Just hours later, an­other video went vi­ral in which a man was shown tied to the front of an army jeep, a ‘hu­man shield’ to de­ter stone-pel­ters. A columnist for The Wall Street Jour­nal put up an im­promptu poll in which nearly 75 per cent of his fol­low­ers found the de­ci­sion to tie a man to a jeep “to­tally jus­ti­fi­able”. Per­haps it shouldn’t be sur­pris­ing. The de­bate on­line is dom­i­nated by ‘na­tion­al­ists’ who fetishise the army and dis­miss all Kash­miri griev­ances as un­grate­ful­ness or the prod­uct of Pak­istani in­cite­ment.

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