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Virat Kohli's act of slamming trolls targeting Anushka Sharma a needless overreaction
In an interesting move, star Indian batsman Virat Kohli slammed social media trolls for derogatory jokes on film celebrity and his ex girl friend Anushka Sharma.

Trolling in social media is very common nowadays, be it a celebrity or politician or a journalist none in fact can get rid of it. Many a times such trolling crosses all "Lakshman Rekhas" and all sorts of modesty, decency and decorum. The so-called jokes in fact are in very poor taste, vulgar and derogatory.

Section 66A of IT act was there to check such trolling. But misuse of such act by different governments lead to scrapping of this section by the Supreme Court. Thus legally such trolls can't be checked.

I think those who advocate free speech without any rider must realize how absolute free speech can be damaging. Many of those people who spoke in favour of absolute free speech in JNU controversy has now started seeking some sort of act to control trolling (it's also a form of absolute freedom of expression).

However I and people like me always argue for freedom of speech with a limit. I disapprove whatever was said in JNU as right to free speech and also reject the trolling in social media as right to freedom of expression. Sources say that Narendra Modi government is trying to bring another act in the line of 66A to provide a check on such trolling but is afraid of backlash from activists who could term it an effort to curb freedom of expression.

Thus at the moment there's no control on such trolling in the name of freedom of expression. Journalists like Barkha Dutt, Rajdeep Sardesai, Sagarika Ghosh and some other journalists are worst affected because of such trolling. Smriti Irani as politician was also subjected to worst type of trolling many of which were very vulgar and in absolutely poor taste. In fact almost every public figure becomes victim of trolling.

Point is, how to tackle such trolling in the absence of an effective law. Majortiy of celebrities block trollers and prefer not to react. Celebrities like Abhishek Bachchan takes such attack very sportingly. In a tweet his celebrity status was compared with actor Aftab Shivdasani and was ranked below. In response to that tweet Abhishek Bachchan responded that 'thank god, you at least accepted me as a celebrity'.

Before blaming social media, one should also blame the main stream media. It's the main stream media, which blows issues related to celebrities out of proportion, thus providing opportunity for trolling in social media.

The relation between Virat and Anushka, subsequent break up etc are in fact propagated by main stream media. Gossips too are given much importance in both print and electronic media. Thus how can you just blame the social media, which harped on about the information/rumor provided by the mainstream media?

Therefore I think Virat Kohli overreacted on this social media troll. Because after his slamming, trolling on social media has again become active. Forget about the social media, the main stream media too has started debating his over-reaction resulting into fresh trolling.

Thus better it would be better if Virat Kohli ignores these things and concentrate on the subject he is best at. He should remember that trolling in social media is by-product of one's celebrity status. No need to react on such things, which only results into creating further needless controversy. 

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