In the midst of huge social media reaction to the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night, one Indian blogger has called on the world not to pray for Paris, but to pray for the world. Delhi-based writer Karuna Ezara Parikh’s poem has been shared more than 73,000 times on Facebook and has also been circulating on Twitter and Instagram.
In her Facebook post, she wrote: “I woke this morning deeply disturbed by the news from #Paris, but more amazed by the attention it received on social media. I understand Paris is a beloved and familiar space for a lot of people, but it troubled me that #Beirut, a city my father grew up in, had received so little attention after the horrific bombings two days earlier.
“It also troubled me that #Baghdad, a place I have absolutely no connection with, received even less attention after the senseless bombing that took place there last week.”
However, not everyone is a fan of Karuna’s words.
Facebook user Guillemette Crouzet commented: “In Paris more than 120 people died. They wanted to make the whole Stade de France explode. I don’t think death should be counted but I am sorry, for its violence Paris is far worse. The whole West is under threat and it deserves this reaction and more.”
Alexandra Bregman, another Facebook user, added: “Although it is important to be a citizen of the world, demeaning the reaction to the events in Paris lacks empathy for a people and a city (like Delhi, or like anywhere) completely unprepared for the large-scale ISIS assault, with seven different attacks in one night targeting both civilians and political leaders, not to mention the people still missing.
“If you are truly calling out to friends and readers to think globally, please do not belittle a shocking event as a means to spread a message of peace.”