Highlights:

  • Varun Gandhi paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 152nd birth anniversary
  • The tweet which criticized individuals tweeting ‘Godse Zindabad’ gained around 1,000 retweets
  • On Saturday, Nathuram Godse Zindabad is among the top trends on Twitter

Varun Gandhi, leader of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 152nd birth anniversary. He also criticized a counter-trend that is being popularised by a section of Twitter users who are praising Nathuram Godse, the one who assassinated Gandhi.

In a tweet that gained around 1,000 retweets, Varun Gandhi voiced, “India has always been a spiritual superpower, but it is the Mahatma who articulated our nation’s spiritual underpinnings through his being and gave us a moral authority that remains our greatest strength even today. Those tweeting ‘Godse Zindabad’ are irresponsibly shaming the nation.”

On Saturday, Nathuram Godse Zindabad is among the top trends on Twitter. The microblogging website has an algorithm that allows a particular topic to trend. Twitter added that the trend is focused on a combination of factors, that involves geographical locations, their interest and the handles they follow.

However, Varun Gandhi picked up the Godse trend from another trend tab that is based on the number of tweets being posted on a particular topic or name. The tab is not customized for a user. The microblogging website elaborated, “This algorithm identifies topics that are popular now, rather than topics that have been popular for a while or on a daily basis, to help you discover the hottest emerging topics of discussion on Twitter.”

Furthermore, the experts noted that the number of tweets related to the Trends is just one of the factors the algorithm looks at while ranking and determining trends. Twitter’s algorithm records increase considering the number of tweets on a particular topic.

On the other hand, Union Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti stating, “The great life of Mahatma Gandhi was like a continuous national sacrifice, which inspired the whole world to walk on the path of peace and non-violence. Gandhiji’s ideas of Swadeshi, Swabhasha and Swaraj will continue to inspire the countrymen for a long time. Tribute to him on Gandhi Jayanti.”

On the occasion, Defence minister Rajnath Singh also voiced, “I bow to Pujya Bapu on Gandhi Jayanti. A towering personality blessed with tremendous willpower and immense wisdom, he provided exemplary leadership to India’s freedom movement. Let us rededicate ourselves to ‘Swachchata and Atmanirbharbharata’ on his Jayanti.”

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