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Lost in the world of trolls!
If you are a denizen of the world, where the verbiage of Shakespeare, Winston Churchill and Nehru is used, the word 'troll' hits you like a ton of bricks.

Not being deep into the world of social media, I ignored the word 'troll' as an aberration. But when the mainstream media started using the word 'troll', I realised the inadequacy of my own expression. Papers inform me that Donald, the Trump trolls around the clock! The seculars/ sickulars are trolled all the time. Owaisi is trolled. The Yogi is trolled. Subramanium Swamy trolls and he in turn gets trolled.

We should be thankful to the folks who run Twitter, otherwise we would have not known how much anger and hatred there is in this world!

Mark Antony was prophetic, when he said at Julius Caesar's funeral: 'O judgment! Thou art fled to brutish beasts. And men have lost their reason'.

Having decided to go deep into the matter I gathered that in folklore, troll was 'an ugly cave-dwelling creature depicted as either a giant or a dwarf'.

The all knowing, Wikipedia obliges with: 'In Internet slang, a troll is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the intent of provoking readers into an emotional responser of otherwise disrupting normal, on-topic discussion, often for the troll's amusement….. Media attention in recent years has equated trolling with online harassment'.

Now I am wiser, and I understand how wonderful the concept of 'Freedom of Speech' is!

During the Viet Nam war, the university campuses rose in protest against the futility and brutality of war. All over the world, students marched with banners of 'Make Love, Not War'. For the first time in human history, these horrors of war were beamed by TV, directly into the American homes. American families saw live the dead bodies of their children on the 'killing fields' of Viet Nam. The public outrage was so large that, the government had no option but to bring closure to the Viet Nam misadventure.

Today, it is not so. All over the media, particularly on TV heart rending images of terrorism, mutilation and dead bodies freeze us in horror and despair. And we sit back with impotent outrage. And we dissipate our negative energies by tapping away at our keyboards, trolling!

In Viet Nam war, the anger was squarely converging on Washington, DC. Only they could stop the war, and they did. Of course, with quite a lot of help from the advancing enemy!

Today it is different. Hatred has no headquarters. It is diffused all over the world. Whom do you go to and troll, 'Make Love. Not War'?

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, while addressing students at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said:

"Don't let that noise knock you off course. Don't get caught up in the trivial aspects of life. Don't listen to trolls, and don't become one. Measure impact in humanity; not in the likes, but the lives you touch and the people you serve."

Is anyone listening?

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