Controversial leftist website The Wire, which has perfected art of a media hitjob, decided to sink to a new low recently by comparing revered Hindu god Lord Hanuman with the so called “Hindu militancy”.
The vitriolic article contained phrases like, “His (Lord Hanuman’s) thunderous expression spells danger, and makes it clear he is no longer a server but a destroyer”. It also proceeded to paint a reincarnation of Hanuman, who it claimed radiated mean energy, in a face filled with frown lines:
The author’s almost obvious disdain for Hinduism and and its gods wasn’t missed on people, who had proceeded to counter it with scathing rebuttals.
Twitter users though were unwilling to let off The Wire this easily and today proceeded to trend #BajrangiTwitter where they posted devotional pictures of Lord Hanuman and share his legendary tales, which was just the opposite of what The Wire’s article would have intended:
— PhD in Bakchodi (@Atheist_Krishna) April 6, 2018
Akbar arrested Tulsi Das and he write Hanuman chalisa. After 40 days entire Fatehpur was surrounded by giant monkeys. Those monkeys started hurting the guards.
Akbar was feared by those monkeys and finally ordered to release Saint Tulsidas.
— Dr. Jay (@Dr_JaySpeak) April 6, 2018
— Shefali Vaidya (@ShefVaidya) April 6, 2018
In Hanuman Chalisa the word Chalisa is derived from chalis means number forty n it has 40 verses.Thook on those who for political greed,insulting Hanumanji.@thewire_in a lier n lier @nilanjanab is a blot on humanity n as a Bengali,I feel ashamed of her evil deed
— Durga (@durga_sata) April 6, 2018
— Renu Gupta (@Smilefranchisee) April 6, 2018
A couple of users openly questioned The Wire and its intentions:
Don’t know what’s this fake debate is all about. In the mass consciousness Hanuman was always a powerful guardian deity…a warrior. I can understand as to what kind of people find him fearsome & scary!! #BajrangiTwitter
— Abhinav Prakash (@Abhina_Prakash) April 6, 2018
If you @thewire_in cannot tolerate a simple sketch of Hanuman then don’t talk about Intolerance. The more you want to defame Hindus, the more they unite. Thank you for your dirty trick. #BajrangiTwitter.
— Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) April 6, 2018
One user even ordered a Hanuman Chalisa for the folks working at The Wire:
Ordered a Hanuman Chalisa for @thewire_in
जय बजरंग बली! ?pic.twitter.com/YOxTGvyAMr
— Ankur Singh (@iAnkurSingh) April 6, 2018
The twitter users were successful in this campaign and as per latest twitter trends at the time of this report’s publication, #BajrangiTwitter was the number one trend in the country:
Those trending the hashtag might hope that such a show of strength would result in The Wire refraining from carrying such pieces in the future. Though it remains to be seen whether the leftist website indeed does so, or if it would instead take this episode in an “all publicity is good publicity” way, and come up with similar stories on other Hindu gods.