The news of Abhijit Banerjee, the economist from Bengal- the land of 'shorshe-illish' and 'kosha mangsho', being awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics has sent the entire Bengali race into an overdrive.
Dr Banerjee along with wife Esther Duflo and Michael Kramer were jointly awarded the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel for their work in development economics on Monday.
Dr Banerjee is the second Bengali after Amartya Sen to have won the Nobel for Economics from India.
On the joyous occasion, Bengalis across the country in unison took to Twitter to heap praises on not only Dr Banerjee, but on themselves too. Because remember "what Bengal does today India thinks tomorrow"?
In a bid to prove the Bengali intellectual superiority, the 'holier-than-thou' netizens started a Twitter war against the 'dhokla' eaters (read Gujarati people). No punches were pulled.
A Twitter user, Aparna, wrote "Dear Dhoklaeaters We gave you: 6 Nobels, 1 Oscar for Lifetime Achievement, National Anthem, Vande Mataram. We eat fish and mutton. Beef and pork. Keep your Dhokla, Khandvi & thepla away from us. GET OUT".
Dear Dhoklaeaters— Aparna (@chhuti_is) October 15, 2019
We gave you:
1 Oscar for Lifetime Achievement
We eat fish and motton. Beef and pork.
Keep your Dhokla, Khandvi & thepla away from us.
In case you are wondering about the six Nobels, they include even those given to Ronald Ross and CV Raman, who both worked in Kolkata.
This stereotyping of Gujaratis did not settle well with the people from western India. Defending the state of Gujarat, another Twitter user wrote, "those who are making fun of Dhokla, they should also know that 4 of 5 richest Indians are Gujaratis. All hail to #Dhokla eaters!!".
While the Twitter war on the superiority between fish and dhokla continued throughout Tuesday, another Twitter user insisted we don't forget 'thalaivar' Rajinikant.
"Okay, so one side is saying Dhokla has given us great leaders & businessmen. Other side is saying Fish has given great scientists & intellectuals. I have only thing to say - Dosa has given us Rajinikanth," he wrote.
Okay, so one side is saying Dhokla has given us great leaders & businessmen.— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) October 15, 2019
Other side is saying Fish has given great scientists & intellectuals.
I have only thing to say -
Dosa has given us Rajinikanth.
The debate interestingly comes in the wake of the beef ban in certain north and western states of the country and the bid to impose vegetarianism on people.
A for Abhijit Binayak Banerjee— Garga Chatterjee (@GargaC) October 15, 2019
A for Adani#dhoklamafia thinking where to buy @NobelPrize.#Bengalis are celebrating their 4th Nobel Prize. #Gutkhas have no chance of @NobelPrize but are thinking if this prize is a cup, they can spit there.#Bhujias still gulping Shilajeet.
I love Indian Twitter. A Nobel Prize for Economics has become a battle between vegetarians and non vegetarians. Sadly, there is no Nobel Prize for idiocy. Now go eat a dhokla or a dimsum - neither will give you a brain. It is not in their job description.— Naomi Datta (@nowme_datta) October 15, 2019
They even dragged 'Roshogolla' to the battlefield:
Like for dhokla— dumped guy (@DumpedGuay) October 15, 2019
Rt for rosgulla pic.twitter.com/FvJaYXvuho
In Bengal, they offer meat & fish & eggs to the Goddess during Durga Puja. Happy, the goddess ensures her children win Nobel Prizes. Those who impose vegetarianism, & support foul-mouthed trolls, displease the Goddess, Saraswati and Lakshmi. And you know the result. pic.twitter.com/qAD7ZNZBOf— Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) October 15, 2019