Guwahati, January 7: There is hardly a day in the country when memes on the political leaders are not shared on the social media.
Presently, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal is an insanely divisive subject for the social media janta. His actions or silence are being closely watched by the entire state and post the passage of the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, he has become the “potential and favourite” topic for a meme trend.
Ever since, the Asom Gana Parishad pulled out of alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party over the differences on the Bill, the memes on Sonowal have not stopped flooding in. Sonowal might be dubbed as the ‘Jatiya Khalnayak’, but he also gave us major meme fodder to kick-start the year with lots of laughter.
Assam along with the rest of the Northeast is witnessing continuous protests against the Bill, which was tabled in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. Memes on Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma are also doing rounds on the social media.
With people slamming Sonowal for failing to save ‘Jati–Mati–Bheti and Krishti‘ (community, land, homeland and cultural identity) and with air of uncertainty prevailing all around, the social media users have turned to their favourite forms of expression – memes – to tide over the tense hours.
Check out the memes that will definitely leave you in splits:
The Citizenship Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha in 2016 to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955. The Bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, eligible for citizenship.
A meme is an image, video, piece of text, etc., typically humorous in nature, that is copied and spread rapidly by Internet users, often with slight variations.
The word meme was coined by Richard Dawkins in his 1976 book The Selfish Gene as an attempt to explain the way cultural information spreads.