A tweet by a Chinese daily on Thursday started Twitter war between Indian, Pakistani and Chinese trolls.
As soon as China's largest newspaper People's Daily on Thursday tweeted its story titled 'India looks brighter than China on a map, but really it's not'; Pakistani, Indian, and Chinese started trolling each other with mentions.
A Tweeter handle @view_calub with Pakistani flag as profile photo was the first to sow the seeds of the Twitter war.
"China is much brighter then india...because chine is working on energy saving project and other hand india waste thier engergy..(sic)"
The second one was an Indian who taunted that Pakistan's energy scenario was in doldrums.
@ravitwitss tweeted: "Pakistan is in Dark bhaijaan.. Relatives fking each other (sic)."
Next was a Chinese who alleged that it was NASA which deliberately showed China darker than India.
@williamwang67 tweeted: "I mean it indicates that NASA deliberately makes Chinese map look darker at night, using tricks&etc. (sic)."
Now, it was turn of Indians to settle scores with the Chinese.
@lionsandsachin tweeted: "Democracy is always brighter than communist...where u don't give freedom to ur own people...wait for few more years and we will surpass u (sic)."
@ottteri tweeted: "China will shine when Chinese people kick out oppressive Communist rule."
Then came a Tibetan who demanded China to free Tibet.
@keralaputras tweeted: "Free Tibet.. Free Tibet... Free Tibet."
@lionsandsachin returned with another tweet to castigate China.
"Democracy is always brighter than communist...where u don't give freedom to ur own people...wait for few more years and we will surpass u (sic)."
A Chinese @jiahao_lee mocked India by saying, "#Indians don't have a piece of brain and they live in the well without coming out!They can surpass China only by photoshopping (sic)."
An Indian @dkv1949 tweeted: "Though economically China is brighter than India but D Dark Patches in China R lack of democracy as compared 2 India which is bright Demorcy (sic)."
The People's Daily's reported, "According to the Shanghai based media outlet The Paper, India has more plains than China and is surrounded by seas on three sides, which makes the lights appear brighter. Forty-percent of Indian lands are plain and the mean attitude of the Deccan Plateau is less than 1,000 meters, while China's plains make up 12 percent. More than half of China is made up high-altitude plateaus and mountains, home to about 28 percent of population, which makes the western and northern regions of China seem dim in comparison."
It further added: "Actually, the map does not measure the intensity of the lights. But India has more blue and green lights and fewer red and orange lights, the latter of which refer to developed areas."
Citing an Indian newspaper's report, People's Daily report said more than 300 million Indians are living without electricity and more than 18,000 villages don't have electricity.
American Space Agency NASA in April this year released new global maps of the Earth at night, which showed India looked brighter than China. (ANI)