Updated June 1st, 2024 at 15:10 IST

'But No Eyes on Manipur' Takes Over Instagram Amid 'All Eyes on Rafah' Focus

Many are sharing visuals using “But no eyes on Manipur”, showing violence faced by the people in the northeastern Indian state.

Reported by: Navya Dubey
'But No Eyes on Manipur' Takes Over Instagram | Image:Instagram

The internet was flooded with "All Eyes on Rafah" posts after Israel attacked Rafah, a southern city in war-torn Gaza, last week. Many Hollywood and Bollywood celebrities, as well as other well-known figures, joined this social media trend to criticize the Israeli government's actions. However, a new trend called "But No Eyes on Manipur" is now becoming popular among Indian social media users. This trend points out the huge reaction of Indian celebrities to the international issue while they remain silent about the violence happening in Manipur.

What people are sharing under 'But no eyes on Manipur?' trend

People have been sharing the phrase across social media platforms, along with links to news articles and videos to highlight the Manipur situation. These posts highlight the devastation caused by natural disasters like floods, apart from the ethnic clashes in the state.

Take a look at some of the posts below:


The ethnic violence began in May 2023 between the valley-dominant Meitei community and the Kuki-Zo tribes, who are dominant in the hill districts of southern Manipur and a few other hill areas.

Over 220 have been killed and nearly 50,000 internally displaced. A year on, thousands are still living in relief camps in both the valley and hill areas.


What is the 'All Eyes on' trend?

The trend began after Rafah, a city where many refugees sought shelter from Israeli attacks in the rest of Gaza, was heavily bombarded by Israel on May 27. The attack caused several tents to catch fire, which then spread through the area, resulting in more deaths.


As images of charred bodies and severely injured individuals emerged on social media, an image with the text "All Eyes on Rafah" started trending. This campaign, led by activists and humanitarian groups, aims to draw attention to the southern city of the Gaza Strip, where people have been forced to live in cramped refugee camps without humanitarian aid.


Published June 1st, 2024 at 15:06 IST