While Sharad Pawar was trending at third spot on Twitter trend across the world within few minutes after the incident, the attacker or serial slapper was also in the top ten
The shocking incident in New Delhi, where one youth assaulted (slapped) Union minister Sharad Pawar at NDMC centre has not only set to become breaking news for the next 24 hours on TV channels, but has also spread over the social media like wildfire.
While many TV channels have uploaded 'exclusive' footage of the incident on YouTube, the number of people posting comments and tweeting their views was so large that both Sharad Pawar and Harvinder Singh began to trend globally. However, with so many camerapersons present at the scene, we can't help wondering how any TV channel can claim 'exclusive' footage of the incident. For those interested in details, there were 10 postings of the slap on YouTube even while writing this story.
The interest that the slapping incident evoked is best told by Twitter statistics. 'Sharad Pawar' was was trending globally at third spot followed by 'Harvinder Singh' (the youth who slapped Mr Pawar) in under an hour of the news. At around 5pm, Harvinder was trending at top spot with Sharad Pawar at second spot on Twitter trends in India.
Kiran Bedi tweeted that assaults on public functionaries calls for serious reflection at all levels of society including media forms. "Pray proper lokpal bill gets passed in winter session or else pent up anger may come on streets. Politicians may get targeted," she said.
Tushar A Gandhi said, "Slapping Pawar is the result of all the Maro Latka do slogans from Ramleela Maidan."
Here are some selected comments and tweets from Facebook and Twitter...
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