As several regions in the state of Assam in northeastern Indian witnessed violent protests on Wednesday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted on Thursday to assuage the fears of local residents there.
Paradoxically, however, Modi’s tweets can't be read by his target audience, as internet connectivity had been shut off a day earlier following large-scale violence.
The Central Government and I are totally committed to constitutionally safeguard the political, linguistic, cultural and land rights of the Assamese people as per the spirit of Clause 6.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 12, 2019
Many in the Twitterverse was quick to troll Modi over his message.
Hey Dumb PM,— DaaruBaaz Mehta (@DaaruBaazMehta) December 12, 2019
Your Govt has Suspended INTERNET services in Assam.
Stop Tweeting, Coz they aint reading.
Kuch Kaam kar le!
"No one but me. And m certainly gonna do that. Deploying military and imposing curfew is the first step"— Divesh Singh (@YippeekiYay_DH) December 12, 2019
: Mann ki baat
Well if they have so much faith on hi then why has curfew been imposed indefinitely in Assam? Internet services cut off? Hundreds of thousands of people on the road protesting as of now. Police using rubber bullets,tear gas and blank fire. Army has been brought in.— Swarnabh Kashyap (@SwarnyBoy202) December 12, 2019
First shutdown internet and then send twitter message.— Shrinivas Karkala (@s_karkala) December 12, 2019
Till now, I had a small hope that things would go back to normal. Whenever you assure us, it has been disastrous for us. Thank you for tweeting and clearing all such doubts. #CAB_नहीं_चलेगा #CABProtest— UncouthVillageYouth (@UncthVllgeYouth) December 12, 2019
Internet service was originally set to remain off for 24 hours, but this figure was extended by 48 hours, starting at noon on Thursday.
India’s northeastern region continued to be on the edge on Thursday, as large scale violence erupted protesting the Citizenship Amendment Bill, which was passed by Indian parliament and awaits presidential assent, before it becomes a law.
The fear among the people in India’s north-eastern state of Assam, which had witnessed violence in the past over settlement of illegal immigrants, was that once the beneficiaries under the bill get citizenship, they would snatch away their job and livelihood opportunities.