RSS wing honoured a social media group “Clean the Nation” by giving away an award. The aim of the group was to clean and weedout anti-national elements from the society.
Barely after two days after the terror attack in Pulwama in February, the group began their group “Clean the Nation”. It was repeatedly taken down by Facebook, but its Twitter handle @CleanTheNation1 now has over 7,750 followers.
“We gave the award to them because we saw how much this group loves the nation,” told Vagish Issar, secretary of RSS-affiliate Indraprastha Vishwa Samvad Kendra. “Many people love the nation, but some people love it actively.”
The outfit presented the Social Media Patrakarita Narad Samman (literally “Social Media Journalism Narada Honour”) in the presence of RSS joint general secretary Manmohan Vaidya and Union minister Smriti Irani. According to Hindu mythology, Narada was a Vedic sage known for disseminating news orally. Within two days of its existence, the group claimed to have successfully targeted more than 50 people by filing complaints about their anti-government social media posts and eliciting a range of official actions.
Among the group’s administrators was Ankit Jain, who is followed on Twitter by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Another administrator, Ashutosh Vashishtha, wrote in a Facebook post: “The main reason for starting Clean the Nation was precisely for cleaning and weeding out anti-nationals who wear the tag of Indian but leave no stones unturned to insult and mock their own people, culture and the army that is one of the best in the world.
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The group’s achievements were that their activities had led to “roughly 45 actions” against “anti-Indians”. The actions were based on complaints by members, some of whom approached police to file cases, or complained to the employers or colleges of alleged offenders.”