It was a proud moment for India when 18-year-old Hima Das created history by winning the gold medal in the women's 400m event at the IAAF World U20 Championships last week. Congratulations have been pouring in from people all over the country. And, Indians jumped at the first chance to defend Das when a provocative tweet by Athletics Federation of India commented on her English speaking skills.
While it was a sight to see the nation stand by the Indian sprinter and share the joyous moment in unity, a darker side was revealed in Google's most searched topics. It is natural people looked up Hima Das on Google after her historic win as the curiosity among Indians was overwhelming.
In fact, we put together a detailed piece on "Who is Hima Das?" to get Indians acquainted with the "Golden Girl." Since Google is our go-to place to learn about practically anything in the world, Hima Das-related searches skyrocketed after her historic win last week.
Google's algorithm is designed in such a way that it shows the most searched topic on top. And as it appears, the most searched topic about Hima Das is her caste. This shows the sad state of our nation. Several people have now tweeted on the issue.
Below are some reactions from people who learned that people searched for "Hima Das caste" more than anything else on Google.
Looks like the most educated state stands first at looking at Hima dascaste.— Kadhiravan (@Kathir1k) July 17, 2018
Not sure if they've misunderstood the term "Caste"https://t.co/i0kT2va8Dq
I pity those souls that teach their kids not to learn about caste but look for their friend's#HimaDas #HimaDasCaste pic.twitter.com/ecaOU4JDN8
How people searching for 'Hima Das Caste' on Google is everything that's wrong with our society. Fans were rejoicing and internet was going crazy with everybody showering praises. But guess what many people were searching for the most? Her life story? No! sadly It was her caste! pic.twitter.com/quXeCUF6RY— Nandan Pratim Sharma Bordoloi ?? (@NANDANPRATIM) July 15, 2018
Since indians are busy searching for the caste details of famous indian personalities, soon google will open a seperate browser for caste search, only for indians, that too with Aadhaar number.#casteseekingindians #GoogleAssistant#HimaDas pic.twitter.com/BYjvxh4Owa— Nidheesh Suresh (@thenidheesh) July 15, 2018
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