On 12th July 2018, Sprinter Hima Das wrote history by winning gold at International Association of Athletics Federations Under-20 Athletics Championships in the women’s 400m final race in the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships in Finland and made the Country Proud as well.
Hima Das hailing from Assam’s Nagaon district has garnered herself a lot of appreciation from all over the country as many renowned personalities lauded the Assam sprinter on social media like PM Modi and superstar Amitabh Bachchan.
T 2865 – CONGRATULATIONS .. #HimaDas , the first Indian Women to win a GOLD in World Athletic track event EVER ! INDIA is proud of you .. you have given us reason to hold up our heads HIGH ! JAI HIND !! 🇮🇳🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/Q0YVCx6FSf
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) July 12, 2018
— Doordarshan News (@DDNewsLive) July 14, 2018
The 18-year-old couldn’t stop her emotions and teared up as she stood at the top of the podium when proudly singing the national anthem.
As soon as Hima Das won the gold she became the talk of social media but instead of searching her story of struggling days and success, people searched for her caste. Yes, you heard it right, people googled her Caste! Google trends showed that how caste was the most suggested search topic relating to the athlete Hima Das and States like Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Kerala and more had the highest search results.
After her name, the google suggested Caste which means most of the people are interested in knowing her caste, not her story.
Let’s take a look at what Twitter users have to say about the same:
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
— HareesH (@HareeshKalburgi) July 15, 2018
India is a sad sad country. A young athlete #HimaDas wins India's first gold medal at the World Junior Athletics Championships and what do her countrymen search for in Google. Her caste! Fucking Pathetic! #HimaDasGoldenGirl
— Lord Neus' (@duxFortisIndia) July 16, 2018
After seeing this and the mentality of our people, we don’t know where we are heading towards.
Earlier When asked what was going through her mind before running for the 400m final, she said, “There was nothing. If I were to think too much I would not have been able to focus on my running. I was telling myself bhaag, Hima, bhaag… aur main sirf bhagi (Hima you have to run and I just ran)”.