Arun Shourie the senior and popular journalist was speaking for Pranoy of NDTV and the Government raids. He said ..So we must be on the lookout for any attempt – not only on a very prominent person like Prannoy, but everyone – because that is how fear is spread in the country.
And the reason for that is that governments watch reactions. You can be absolutely certain that the fact that so many people have gathered here is being watched by the government.
And I can tell you, they are very sensitive, even through the social media. Poori team hai unki. Woh dekhti hai, Twitter pe kya chal raha hai, Facebook pe kya chal raha hai. Toh jab woh dekhenge ki itne log ikatha huye hai, Ravish Kumar jaise nidar log ikatha huy hain, toh woh jaanenge ki unhone ek galat step liya hai .
(‘They have a whole team, they watch what is trending on Twitter and Facebook. And when they see that so many people have gathered here, that brave people like Ravish Kumar are here, then they will realise that they made a mistake’). And they have to find ways to retreat.
I feel that the government is using social media to spread lies and abuse against anyone it does not like. So some of you should counter that and be as active on the social media, because Modi has a whole team – in the Prime Minister’s office headed by a boy called Hiren Joshi, whom many of you may have encountered – whose only job is to watch social media and keep the PM informed.
So he is sensitive to that. That’s his weakness. And specially what is happening in foreign media. So, use social media to inform the foreign media of everything that is happening here, and use social media to inform the government, which is watching, that you are watching.