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How to deal with hyper-nationalist trolls? Tennis legend Martina Navratilova shows us the way

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:45 IST

It isn't easy to deal with an army of right-wing trolls on social media. If you have an opinion contrary to theirs, get prepared to face a barrage of abuse.

Or as tennis legend Martina Navratilova found out on Monday, 22 February, that even sharing an article on sedition in India could land you in trouble, with hyper-nationalist keyboard warriors ready to defend the 'honour' of the country.

The Czech Republic-born former tennis star shared an article from New York Times on her Twitter account. The article, written by Indian journalist Nilanjana Roy, criticised the BJP-led Indian government's handling of the recent events at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).

In the tweet which accompanied a link to the article titled, 'What passes for sedition in India', Navratilova wrote, "Ultra-nationalism easily turns into violence at worst, bullying at best."

This didn't seem to go down well with a few Indian ultra-nationalist Twitter trolls, who responded with vitriol. However, the tennis legend stood her ground and calmly replied to some of the trolls.

Here are some of her responses:

First published: 23 February 2016, 7:55 IST
 
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