Amid Ongoing Indo-Pak Tension, Look Twice Before You Click The ‘Share’ Button On Any Piece Of News

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Today, India lies in a high-alert situation, especially the states sharing the border with our neighbouring country Pakistan. Amidst the panic among civilians, social media is bombarding us with a plethora of news, most of which, unfortunately, are false and lack credible sources.

At such a tense juncture where emotions are high, and there is a new update every second, few do realise the extensive implication of a single piece of fake news before circulating it all over the internet. From doctored videos to morphed photos, false claims to distorted statistics – an endless list of fake narratives are floating on all social media platforms for the past few days following the Pulawama terrorist attack.

Fake news in wrong hands

A piece of news might apparently seem to be an innocent piece of information or opinion. So, without a second thought, many of us might share it as it resonates with our personal viewpoints. However, the same news, when it reaches the wrong hands, might trigger devastating consequences.

For instance, a few days ago, a woman shared a piece of information about the Indian army on Facebook, which contradicted the mindset of the majority of her acquaintances. It did not even take a day for her to face death and rape threats, verbal abuse and public shaming. The situation went out of hands when her family members were attacked. Stones were pelted at her house, and hooligans surrounded her house to ‘teach her a lesson’ the moment she steps out.

Be a responsible netizen

A single hashtag which glorifies violence, war and destruction have the potential to spread like wildfire in this digital age. It merely takes seconds for a viral slogan to reverberate in people’s mouths and fuel a full-fledged war.

Due to escalating tensions between India and Pakistan right now, a lot of news and information are yet to be officially verified by government authorities and trusted media agencies. Meanwhile, miscreants are milking the situation to serve their personal interests, by circulation of fake, offensive and provocative fake information. It is easy for any ordinary citizen to fall prey to their petty agenda, as most of these fake news is cautiously drafted, edited and photoshopped to fool people. Here, the netizens must understand that at such a tense time, they are expected to show a sense of responsibility towards the country, even on social media.

How to curb spreading false narratives

On Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, the divide dissolves, and we can directly interact with our counterparts on the other side of the border. Words upon words build up discrimination and spew more and more hatred. At the same time, if someone manages to introduce a piece of false information in such a thread, it is soon treated as an absolute fact without any cross-verification. Soon, it snowballs into a definitive claim which is concretely established in people’s minds. It takes a lot of effort for ethical journalism and the government to convince the agitated and excited masses about the truth.

The bottom line remains what most media houses are requesting over and over again – Not to spread fake news. A better practice is to Google a piece of controversial information to check its credibility, before hitting the share button. Here is a detailed guide about how to prevent spreading fake news, which must be practised during such an edgy scenario.

https://thelogicalindian.com/fact-check/spot-fake-news/

Efforts For Good requests all their readers to verify the sources before circulating any information on social media surrounding the ongoing Indo-Pak issue. The cumulative power of social media can induce damage beyond our imagination. If we are maintaining our restraints in real life, it is always best to replicate a similar attitude on digital platforms as well.

Also Read: The Law Every Indian Should Know, But Very Few Of Us Do: Right To Information

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Rahul Khera and Gautam Jindal, volunteers (aka hunger heroes) at Feeding India, were among the many Delhi NCR residents accustomed to seeing hungry children pick up half-eaten burgers or stale sandwiches from the dustbin and savour those with the brightest smiles. Like many others, they also had the will to promote equitable food distribution but was perplexed about the approach, until they learnt about the community fridge initiative which has gained unprecedented success in Saudi Arabia and few other European countries. Meanwhile, community fridges were already being installed outside restaurants or in public places in a handful of cities like Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Coimbatore and Kochi.

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Needless to mention, with a shocking 103rd rank in the Global Hunger Index and a food wastage estimate of around Rs 58,000 crore – India was perhaps the best country to implement such an initiative. With Gautam’s help, an enthusiastic Rahul invested his own savings to install a ‘Happy Fridge’ outside his residence at Sun City, Sector 54 in Gurgaon. Set up in 2017 by these Feeding India volunteers, the fridge in Gurgaon has inspired the NGO to scale up the project across India.

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‘Happy Fridge’ fostered many smiles

It didn’t take long for the local residents to learn about this laudable endeavour. They welcomed it, as wastage of excess food was a recurring problem in almost every household. “Intimating the localities was no mammoth task, thanks to social media. However, it was difficult to spread the word among those who actually needed the food,” shares Rahul, who went from auto stands to slums, inviting rickshaw pullers, ragpickers or roadside vendors to avail the community fridge any time they feel hungry. “The security guards of our residential complex played a huge role in explaining how the fridge works to the beneficiaries,” he adds.

The operational and maintenance costs of the ‘ happy fridge ‘ are being maintained diligently by the community members.

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“I remember one young man who had arrived from a village looking for some menial day job. Somehow he had run out of his paltry savings and had no money to buy one decent meal a day. For about a month, our happy fridge was his solace, till he earned his first salary from a housekeeping job,” shares a jubilant Rahul.

In another incident, a truck driver returning in the wee hours of midnight was starving after a whole day’s hard work. He had run out of cooking fuel at his home, so our fridge was at his rescue.

“The residents keep all sorts of palatable dishes in the happy fridge, ranging from dry snacks, fruits to cooked meals. Sometimes, they even keep raw vegetables, to ensure not a single bit of good food ends up in their trash while other people go hungry to bed,” reveals Rahul.

On an average, each happy fridge supplies around 10-15 meals in a day. The gratitude and pure smiles of the hungry souls after a fulfilling meal are more than enough to continue to motivate Rahul and his neighbours. In fact, inspired by him, many other communities in the Delhi-NCR region set up community fridges in their areas.

Feeding India will set up 500 Happy Fridges

Since the past few years, Feeding India has been a prominent organisation working in the forefront to solve the hunger problem in India. Primarily, they were involved in redistributing leftover food from weddings and parties among the underprivileged people in different cities of India. Their volunteers, better known as “Hunger Heroes of India”, worked actively to bridge the gap between food wastage and food crisis.

“We used to get a lot of calls from individual households to collect their excess food. However, unfortunately, we lacked the manpower and planning to launch our programme on a door to door basis. We were desperately looking for an alternative when we learnt about the community fridges,” shares Srishti Jain, co-founder of Feeding India.

After interacting with Rahul Khera and other campaigners of community fridges, Feeding India decided to amplify this extraordinary project throughout the length and breadth of India. Presently, they have launched the #FightFoodWaste campaign to install 500 community fridges – nicknamed ‘ Happy Fridge ’. So any passer-by – be it a kid going to school without a lunchbox, or a labourer returning home late at night with no promise of a dinner – can now grab a pack of biscuits or a bowl of ‘dal-chawal’ (rice & lentil soup) to satiate their hunger. Click here to contribute for ‘ Happy Fridge ‘ and ensure India never sleeps hungry again.

Feeding India also urges everyone to make a promise to stop wasting food and instead consider donating it to those in need.

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