BY | August 16, 2012

By NVONews.Com Special Correspondent,

Bangalore/ New Delhi: Those who deliberately spread the baseless rumours that people of north-east India living in Bangalore and other places in Karnataka would be targeted after Eid-ul-Fitr were well aware of the importance of information technology as well as the negative impact its misuse can cause to the people.

This incident can not be seen in isolation as it was the photos of Assam violence sent through MMSs and SMSs that provoked a section of people outside Azad Maidan in Mumbai last Saturday (Aug 11).

Is it that technology is deliberately being used to vitiated the atmosphere in the country? Earlier, rumours used to take quite a long time to spread, but now it can be spread within matter of  minutes. There is no one medium to spread rumours or disinformation campaign through which havoc can be wreaked.

It appears that the rumour spread in Bangalore is a part of a planned conspiracy as the people of north-east in itself are not any homogenous group. How can an Assamese be equated with a Mizo? Besides, there is so much contradictions within the people of north-east too, for example, between Manipuris and Nagas. Anyway targeting any innocent person is in itself a crime.

True a few thousands people of north-eastern states live in Bangalore, but then they have good population in Delhi too. True selective targeting of students of north-east are sometimes reported from the national capital. But no such rumour was ever spread in Delhi as it happened in Karnataka, forcing 5,000 to run away on the Independence Day.

Several recent developments in Karnataka have created suspicion. It is in Tehsildar office at Sindagi in the state that somebody hoisted a Pakistani flag on Jan 1, 2012. Later it came to be known that this was the handiwork of Ram Sene activists and some of them were even arrested.

The tools of information technology are sometimes used or misused to whip up passion and communal frenzy. This was evident during the Gujarat riots days in 2002 and elsewhere too.

A few years before that it was telephone, which played an important role in spreading the news all over India, in just a few hours, that Ganeshji had taken milk. So internet, mobile, Facebook etc can also be used to spread anything in no time. But by the time the authorities gear up to take any move the damage is done.

What comes as a surprise is that this is the first time that Assam violence had its impact in such a big way outside the state. True people have voiced their concern in a democratic manner at several places, but there is no dearth of people who are out to polarize the situation.

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