Published: 28th February 2019
#SayNoToWar: How social media is coming together to campaign for peace
On Twitter and Facebook, the hashtag #SayNoToWar is trending, let's hope those holding the trigger are listening
About a two decades ago, if there was going to be a war it would be announced in the 9'o clock news. A decade before that, it would either be announced on the radio in the same time slot or the running show would take a break to give you an 'exclusive'. Before that, people would only hear about a war in the newspapers - ' FRANCE INVADED'. The only screaming people could do then was through capital letters.
Today, everyone is screaming. On our timelines, in Instagram stories, on twitter feeds. People can drive wars sitting in the comforts of their home with their unlimited data Jio packs. That's all it takes. In those days, in the days of screaming capital lettered headlines, those calling for peace were called 'hippies'. The drugged up dreamers. Today, those calling for peace are among us. They might not be taking out marches yet, but they're starting with the hashtag #SayNoToWar. People from both sides of the border, young and old are both coming out to say they do not want a war.
It's heartening to see so many people come out and say 'No'. Here's the different ways in which people are coming out to say they don't want another war, they only want peace.
#SayNoToWar is not cowardice. The father of the nation was opposed to any war and he certainly was no coward. In fact he was one of the bravest that humanity has ever seen. Social media jingoism and mindless warmongering should not be mistaken for bravery!!— Prashant Kishor (@PrashantKishor) February 28, 2019
As an army officer's daughter whose father saw action thrice and was on the front 18 years, including as a CO, I appeal for peace. #SayNoToWar— smitagupta (@smitajee1) February 28, 2019
#SayNoToWar - NO, NO & NO. And NO to BJP and RSS using the bodies of our soldiers for their own political gains. And NO to treating Kashmir as just a bone between two dogs - the people of Kashmir matter too. YES to peace and lasting solutions— N S (@nandinisundar) February 28, 2019
~150 Indian and Pakistani Students and Faculty @Harvard University sign joint statement of peace #SayNoToWar @SalilShetty @shahfaesal @Jungshahi @asadliaqat @VinayNagaraju @HarvardKSR @thewire_in @scroll_in @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/oSOGREuwL5— Inayat (@eno_inayat) February 28, 2019
A woman who lost her husband in the #Pulwama attack, Mita Santra, has the courage to #SayNoToWar _ she's being trolled for it. I, and my organisation AIPWA, stand with Mita. In her own way she's just as courageous as any soldier & it's the armchair warrior trolls who r cowards. https://t.co/nYvUEo73Bd— Kavita Krishnan (@kavita_krishnan) February 28, 2019
It's high time, people realise the implications and stop the constant war-mongering that is being spread by the media and certain extremists.#SpreadPeace#SayNoToWar#BringBackAbhinandan pic.twitter.com/rUINEqORv0— Soumojit (@SoumojitChowdh2) February 28, 2019
Like John Lennon said, "Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say that I'm a dreamer. But I'm not the only one." He definitely wasn't and isn't the only one.