That Indian politicians are now increasingly directly reacting to followers on social media platforms is well-known. But by doing so, they also end up bandying words with trolls. After all, some tweeple are there just to aggravate and irritate. The latest person to be at the receiving end of such a troll was former Kerala Congress MLA AP Abdullakutty, who posted a photo of himself standing at the top of Burj Khalifa, the uber tall skyscraper in Dubai. People on social media went to town with the picture and decided to have fun commenting away on it.
Now for those wondering who Abdullakutty is, he was one of the many politicians who was allegedly involved in the controversial ‘solar scam’ in Kerala. In 2014, Saritha S Nair filed a complaint with police, alleging Congress legislator Abdullakutty had raped her in a government hotel in Thiruvananthapuram, where she was invited to discuss solar solutions in his constituency, Kannur. She was arrested for conning businessmen by assuring them of their high-end connections, including that with former Kerala CM, Oomen Chandy.
Two years later, the ghost of controversies past has not left Abdullakutty, as people made some nasty remarks connecting Nair and the politician. For a seasoned public person on Twitter, such comments are usually to be ignored, but Abdullakutty’s reactions were blunt and showed his irritation. He replied ‘poda patti’ and ‘poda thendi’ to many of the men, who were lambasting him. In Malayalam, ‘poda’ means ‘go away’, ‘patti’ is ‘dog’ and ‘thendi’ means ‘beggar’.
Realisation hit the politician soon, however, that comments like these spread like wildfire on the Internet and he soon deleted his replies. He guessed right, it sure spread like wild fire and screenshots were then uploaded as savage replies.
However, to some users who asked him which woman was he with, his reply was a nonchalant — “amma”, meaning your mother. Some called him a traitor of his community, to which he retorted — “uppa”, meaning your father.
What was tasteless in this entire situation was not just a public figure’s abuses as instant replies to his trolls, but also the fact that Nair’s pictures were used in vain in the comments.
The instant-response, instant-public feature of social media is claiming one victim after another, and the trolls seem to be taking full advantage of this.