Actress Swara Bhaskar gave a big thumbs up to the move and said that the trending of the hashtag was “a tight slap. Kudos to #TwitterWarriors”.

 New Delhi : Social media users enlisted themselves as “urban naxals” in a show of solidarity with the arrested Left-wing activists as ‘MeTooUrbanNaxal’ hashtag trended on microblogging site, Twitter.

It all started when filmmaker and author Vivek Agnihotri asked some “bright young minds” to put together a list of those defending ‘Urban Naxals’.

“I want some bright young people to make a list of all those who are defending #UrbanNaxals. Let’s see where it leads. If you want to volunteer with commitment, please DM me,” he tweeted last night.

Social media users – journalists, activists, professionals, students – people from all walks of life – lashed out at the filmmaker.

They countered that the term ‘Urban Naxal’ was a mere creation of some sections to malign those who have an anti-establishment stance. Others accused Agnihotri of openly inciting hate.

As a mark of protest, thousands enlisted themselves as ‘urban naxals’, tweeting and retweeting the hashtag since this morning, reports PTI.

Prateek Sinha, co-founder of Alt News, asked the Twitterati to tag the filmmaker with the hashtag #MeTooUrbanNaxal to help the latter build his list.

“You know how the term ‘anti-national’ doesn’t stick anymore. It was because all of us of a certain ideological bent started jokingly referring to ourselves as anti-nationals in many of our conversations and reduced it into a joke. It was no longer derogatory, it was a joke. So they needed a new phrase and which is what is ‘Urban Naxals’.

“We cannot let these Hitler’s grandchildren and great grandchildren target specific people with that phrase. So let’s reduce it to a joke. Let’s all proclaim that we are all ‘Urban Naxals’. #MeTooUrbanNaxal, what about you?” he tweeted.

Actress Swara Bhaskar gave a big thumbs up to the move and said that the trending of the hashtag was “a tight slap. Kudos to #TwitterWarriors”.

“If asking the questions, or standing up for humanity and freedom of speech makes me an urban Naxal… then I’m proud to be one #MeTooUrbanNaxal,” tweeted Archana Bhardwaj.

Journalist Nikhil Wagle tweeted, “If @Sudhabharadwaj is a naxal, I am a naxal too. Arrest me. #MetooUrbanNaxal”.

Another user, Vidyut, even changed his user name to Urban Naxal Vidyut.

“Congratulations, BJP on the most successful recruitment drive for naxals in the history of urban India #MeTooUrbanNaxal,” he tweeted. The hashtag has so far garnered more than 55,000 tweets.

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