Helpful or racist? #TalkToAMuslim campaign leaves Twitter divided

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Helpful or racist? #TalkToAMuslim campaign leaves Twitter divided

While some felt the #TalkToAMuslim campaign represented the country "standing up for love and peace", others argued that it "imbues talking to Muslims with a stigma that never was,".

The intention was seemingly noble. In a bid to start a campaign against the rising Islamophobia in the country, some Twitterati kicked off the #TalkToAMuslim trend. It was possibly a spin-off of Rahul Gandhi's Twitter response on being accused of "minority appeasement".

The #TalkToAMuslim trend soon picked a pace and went viral. The agenda behind it was simple; just like opening up and talking to a friend when need be, "engage in a conversation" with a Muslim person to "know them better" and avoid making stereotypical assumptions.

The campaign was welcomed by many, commoners and celebrities alike. Actors Swara Bhaskar, Gauhar Khan, writer Rana Safvi, etc joined in to lend their support.

However, not all saw this hashtag as a source of rainbows and unicorns. A section of the Twitterati took massive offence to it, their point being that the campaign "compartmentalises a race", and hence, is "racist".

Having Twitter divided and armchair-fighting on a topic is not something new, in fact it's something quite done to death. The problem that remains after this trend dies down is the communal disharmony.


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