In one of the deadliest attacks on the Indian Army in more than a decade, armed militants on Sunday, September 18, stormed an Army camp in Kashmir's Uri sector near the Line of Control (LoC) and killed 18 jawans. The four terrorists - who the Army said belonged to Pakistan-based outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad - were killed in the encounter as well.
In the wake of the dastardly terror attack, social media has been a battlefield - with condemnation, anger, grief, and a flurry of Twitter polls. Here's a look at the mood of the nation on social media after the terror attack.
|Son of Subedar Karnail Singh holding the photograph of his father during his funeral at Shibu Chak village in Arnia, Jammu, on September 19. (Photo: PTI)|
Actors, cricketers and other celebrities took to Twitter to express their grief, anguish and outrage over the terror attack:
17 Soldiers martyred in #UriAttack. The were also sons,fathers,brothers & husbands. We r answerable as a nation. Time to convey that. Sorry??— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) September 18, 2016
Saddened to hear of the cowardly attack in Uri. Prayers for the families of our martyred soldiers. & may the terrorists b punished soon!— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) September 18, 2016
Not 17 families, 1 family - India, enough is enough! #UriAttacks— Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) September 19, 2016
17 lives.They had a family,they had a son,they had a daughter.They were serving our motherland.Pains to see this. pic.twitter.com/65WeRRhgI5— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 19, 2016
Can't believe it.. Sooo disturbed by the #UriAttacks!!!! Heart goes out to the families of all or brave jawans sacrificed their lives!!!!!— Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) September 19, 2016
Heartfelt prayer for the bravehearts... This mindless terrorism needs to stop. Bus ho gaya!!! Enough is enough!!! Jai Hind. #UriAttacks— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) September 19, 2016
I trust our army.They know how to pursue&retaliate.Their strategy need not be advertised on Twitter.. https://t.co/h0eYpWckUB— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) September 18, 2016
Heartfelt condolences to the families of our martyrs who lost their lives protecting us. Praying for peace! #UriAttacks— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 19, 2016
|A family member pays tribute to slain Army jawan Jawra Munda at Birsa Munda International Airport, Hinoo in Ranchi. Munda was killed in the Uri attack. (Photo: PTI)|
Pakistan, expectedly and deservingly, was the target of many Indians on the micro-blogging site:
Regardless of your preferred policy option, #UriAttack is a moment of truth for Modi. How he acts will help define his prime ministership.— Sadanand Dhume (@dhume) September 18, 2016
The best way to deal with Pak based terror is to speak softly, act tough. We have done just the opposite for years.— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) September 18, 2016
To make Pak pay for terror, a punishment strictly within Indus Waters Treaty was designed by Vajpayee CCS. Yashwant Sinha shd know about it— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) September 19, 2016
How can India expect other countries to designate Pak a state sponsor of terrorism if its own parliament doesn't do so first? @narendramodi— Minhaz Merchant (@minhazmerchant) September 21, 2016
And a slew of polls followed soon...
If terror has no religion, why should a terrorist be given last rites of pious biradars? Most appropriate rite would be:— Sanjay Dixit (@Sanjay_Dixit) September 20, 2016
Some even matter-of-factly suggested using a "normal nuclear bomb"on Pakistan:
Final results- 38% favour nuclear response, while 34% think a conventional response is sufficient for Pakistan. 28% find Brahmos enough pic.twitter.com/LrMjDnvpZZ— Sanjay Dixit (@Sanjay_Dixit) September 21, 2016
But better sense prevailed.
The world might see another nuclear holocaust due to:a. Water warsb. Oil warsc. Religion warsd. Twitter polls pic.twitter.com/Nz4GCxXj1K— ???? (@varungrover) September 19, 2016
"Normal Nuclear Bomb"... As normal as a cup of masala chai pic.twitter.com/J7OOJStmMY— Ashwin Mushran (@ashwinmushran) September 20, 2016
War can't be fought in tv studios. Very easy for retired generals/chest thumping anchors to talk of war. War must always be last option.— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) September 18, 2016