- Nov 1, 2016
There's a difference between individual users and an overall pattern. The overall picture for Indian netizens is that we're cursing out countries left and right while getting insulted. There are very few productive conversations or propagation of positive aspects of our country from our netizens.buddy u r talking about impossible task....when indian critisize india day nd night, how do u think indian will not criticize other countries?? u will find all types of minded people in countries. u can find some people in pakistan nd china, who like india. same u can find "many" indians, who lv pakistan nd china. so u cant control this. even if u donate ur kidney to a country. u will find liker nd disliker of u from that country. personal level we should make good relationship with other countries people, but at national level (as a representative of country) we should open minded to criticize nd praise any nation. always good offense is better than defense.
Here it's better to take the initiative and put forward positive things about India and lure engagement from foreigner into these discussions, which will be a learning experience for them. We can talk about the trade between India and ancient Rome with Italian netizens. We can talk about the complex stonework of ancient Indian temples when foreign netizens are talking about ancient architecture. We can talk about our startup ecosystem to tech enthusiasts. We can talk about our nature and wildlife to those who don't know about them. There are a million possibilities if we're proactive and creative in getting engagement and putting forward the aspects of India that we want to be seen. Few YouTubers like Praveen Mohan and Odd Compass have done an excellent job there, but it's not yet a pattern on Twitter or Reddit.
Also we should be actively learning from positive examples. For example there should be engagement with Israeli netizens about their tech ecosystem and military experience, or with Japanese netizens about their culture and social etiquettes. Even when we're positive, it's the boring old "We Indians love Israel" or "Indians supports our Russian brothers". Unproductive platitudes, ignoring the massive opportunity the internet gives us to actually speak to and learn from these people.
Now that we are there in the internet in massive numbers, it's better to concentrate our energies on productive and positive conversations with those millions of users who have nothing against India. This will automatically make millions if not billions of foreign netizens positive towards Indians and India, and who'll bat for us whenever there are anti Indian trolls. Right now Indian netizens are mostly stuck being baited by racists and trolling them back. That should be a side activity, not our main online activity with the rest of the world.
BTW, those idiots who simp for pakistan online are even worse. The one country that they should be cursing at, they do not.