Internet trolls are like over-enthusiastic traffic police recruits. They’re always around the corner and will jump at the first sign of something unusual. Well, the trolls have risen once again. And this time, the joke’s on our dear PM Narendra Modi.
Earlier this week, Modi was in Kerala and he made some statements regarding the infant mortality rate of scheduled tribes in the state. His exact words were:
Now how true these figures were, we’ll leave that to the PM’s research and advisory team to validate. But Kerala CM Oommen Chandy didn’t let this slide without incident.
CM Chandy shot back at Modi, questioning his statement and his ‘accusations.’
He said the following:
And, of course, this situation didn’t escape the all-prying eyes of the internet. Twitter took Modi to task within minutes of the news breaking.
#PoMoneModi started trending, and everyone lost their damn minds.
First things first. What does ‘Po Mone Modi’ mean? “Po Mone” in Malayali roughly translates to “Go away, boy.” It’s an oft-used Malayali slang phrase to condescendingly shut a person up. It was made famous by the legendary actor Mohanlal in one of his movies. So, long story short, Twitter is basically asking Modi to get lost. (Yes, it does sound crass)
Malayalis seemed to love the hashtag. Praises and jokes started flowing soon enough. But it also had some hate interspersed.
— Anna MM Vetticad (@annavetticad) May 11, 2016
#PoMoneModi shows the civility of the Malayalis. The pen (keyboard, in this case) is indeed mightier than the sword
— Puneet Kaur (@puneetkaurr93) May 11, 2016
What’s #PoMoneModi mean? Friends tell me: “ja beta ja”. ‘Go home!’…but ‘mone’ is ‘son’, so sort of ‘go home kiddo’’ meets ‘chup be!’
— PKR | প্রশান্ত | پرشانتو (@prasanto) May 11, 2016
— Darth Syddius (@Syddie) May 10, 2016
Don't make #PoMoneModi trending. He may take it as a chance and go for another world tour.
— kiduva (@kiduva) May 10, 2016
— Salman Anees Soz (@SalmanSoz) May 11, 2016
Kerala enjoys beef, alochol, has educated women, celebrates all religions. No wonder Modiji cannot fathom it. #PoMoneModi
— Ajith (@ajith27) May 11, 2016
Kerala is India's pride. Best gender ratio, best education statistics. #PoMoneModi
— Restored (@brumbyoz) May 11, 2016
Watch out for Bhakts' reaction to #PoMoneModi trending. They will outdo each other in whataboutery, abuse & pure stupidity.
— SamSays (@samjawed65) May 11, 2016
All in all, Malayalis had a field day, pouring out all their Mallu rage (and humour), with one single hashtag.
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