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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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With the extension of the lockdown the crisis of migrant labourers and daily wagers has just grown bigger due to uncertainty and fear of future. In the migrant colonies, slums and for people in the villages hunger and desperation is building up day by day. This is high time we step up our efforts to support our people who are in dire need of food and hygiene essentials to survive the pandemic, Covid-19.

After the India-wide lockdown, a lot of jobless migrant workers are stuck in cities with hardly any resources while many started retreating back to their villages. With the loss of livelihoods, a large number of them are now struggling to support their families.

Goonj activated its pan India teams and a pan India network of partner organizations and volunteers in urban and rural India. This network, built over the last two decades, helps them learn from the ground, reach material quickly and review and adapt strategy periodically. Intensifying this network has helped Goonj reach and start work across 17produced states/UT in the last three weeks.
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Goonj’s focus: 

Majority of the Covid-19 relief work by non profits right now is in the metros and cities but Goonj is the only non profit that is also simultaneously focusing on the people in the villages and the ones stuck on highways or somewhere.

Goonj is targeting daily wagers, migrants and other vulnerable groups, who even traditionally are left out like the disabled, sex workers, LGBTQ community.

“COVID-19 is a crisis, yes…But, it’s also an opportunity for us to build the society anew. Not ‘for’ the people…but, ‘with’ the people. And in the process, we will build ourselves too.” – Anshu Gupta, Founder-Director, Goonj.

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Wherever Goonj got the permission to open their centres for packing and disbursement of relief material kits, they are creating a kit consisting of 20-30 kgs material including dry rations, masks, sanitary pads and other hygiene material and reaching them to people, as per needs and as per regulations with all safety precautions. This kit will help a family survive for 30 days.

Information till 10th April 2020:

  • Distributed 15,100 ration kits reaching thousands of people
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  • Made 42,800 cloth face masks
  • 24,900 cloth sanitary napkins produced
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In Goonj’s processing centers its trained team of women are making cloth face masks and cloth sanitary pads (MY-Pads), keeping all the precautions and with the permission and cooperation of the local authorities.

In this lock-down phase if you are facing any difficulty getting sanitary pads or you are running out of stock, here’s a detailed but very simple process of making Cloth Pads at home created by Goonj. “This is how we make Goonj MY Pads.” This is how our mothers and grandmothers turned their spare cloth into pads.

This disaster, unlike any other, is unprecedented in its scale and impact and that’s why we all must do our bit with Goonj to continue its relief work for millions of people in this still unfolding long-tailed disaster.

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