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A small move that turned into a 'movement' in India and Pakistan

Indians are adding their Twitter handle names in Urdu as a sign of solidarity on social platform. Pakistanis too joined the exemplary movement by adding their user names in Hindi as a sign of mutual love and cooperation for each other.

Shobhit Kalra

Shobhit KalraBy Shobhit Kalra

Published on 10 Jan 2019 2:35 PM GMT

A small move that turned into a movement in India and Pakistan
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New Delhi: Twitter users are making the most of social media by using it as an effective medium to combat racism and hatred prevalent on social media these days.

Indians are adding their Twitter handle names in Urdu as a sign of solidarity on social platform. Pakistanis too joined the exemplary movement by adding their user names in Hindi as a sign of mutual love and cooperation for each other.

The hashtag movement was started by Prabha Raj whose Twitter handle is @deepsealioness where she wrote her profile name in Urdu, after which people started hurling abuses at her thinking that she had converted to Islam.

Prabha however didn't get affected by the trolling and retained her user name in Urdu script.

https://twitter.com/deepsealioness/status/1081621768236756992

https://twitter.com/deepsealioness/status/1082177127112335360

Backing her move, many people started pouring their comments on how they had to face racism because of their religion. They changed their user names in Urdu script with hashtag #MyNameInUrdu and came in support of Prabha.

https://twitter.com/DiveshSpeaks/status/1082066487391780870

https://twitter.com/Shehla_Rashid/status/1082002337944629248

After three days of its initiation, the move changed into a small movement where comments poured in from a lot of people who shared their experience of changing their user names and including it in Urdu. Around 20000 people changed their user names in Urdu script. The movement also hit Pakistan where Pakistanis too, started writing their Twitter handle names in Hindi as #MyNameInHindi and extended their support to the cause.

A Pakistani writer and reporter also changed her Twitter name to Hindi. The trend has been largely positive and full of love.

https://twitter.com/curlistani/status/1081963144061353984

Indians acknowledged this move of Pakistani citizens by calling it a lovely initiative.

https://twitter.com/YoursLegallyy/status/1081958942140289024

The move has brought about a positive change and negated the constant accusation of spreading hatred and racism on social media. The celebrity mouthpiece however, hasn't attracted the attention of renowned personalities yet and is limited to just commoners till now.

Shobhit Kalra

Shobhit Kalra

Writer has 10 years of experience in digital media. Presently working as Chief Sub Editor at newstrack.com. An avid reader and always willing to learn new things and techniques.

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