Ever since the deadliest terror attack in Pulwama killed 42 CRPF soldiers, the right-wing brigade in India have moved in with lighting speed to cover the failure of the Centre’s Narendra Modi government. Helping the right-wing brigade push them narrative have been the usual suspects in the Indian media.
Instead of questioning the intelligence failure and asking for heads to roll in the Modi government, the media have made itself a laughing stock by joining the chorus of the Hindutva brigade. Using their well-oiled social media machinery, BJP’s IT Cell launched a concerted campaign against Congress minister Navjot Singh Sidhu for his comments on the Pulwama attack.
Sidhu had said that it was not proper to blame Pakistan as a whole for ‘a handful of people.’ His comments provide fodder to the right-wing brigade as they launched two popular hashtags #BoycottSidhu and #BoycottSonyTV while demanding his ouster from The Kapil Sharma Show, broadcast on Sony TV. The channel succumbed to the orchestrated social media campaign and sacked the cricket-turned-politician from its show, replacing him with Archana Puran Singh.
A day later, Mumbai-based Cricket Club of India announced that it had decided to cover the portrait of former Pakistani cricket captain and now the neighbouring country’s Prime Minister Imran Khan. CCI Secretary Suresh Bafna told news agency ANI, “We called a meeting on the very next day of the attack and to condemn the attack, we decided to cover the photo. We’ll be deciding soon how to remove the photo.”
Meanwhile, no media outlet or channel has dared to ask for the resignation of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval for the intelligence failure. The same outlets that went after Sidhu have been quiet on Modi’s insensitivity to organise an election rally in Jhansi hours after 42 Indian soldiers had lost their lives in the deadliest terror attack on the armed forces. BJP President Amit Shah was spared despite holding an election rally in Karnataka and promising to build the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, hours after the news of the suicide bombing targeting the CRPF convoy had left India shocked. Union Minister Piyush Goyal was not asked to step down for attempting to stitch a political alliance in Tamil Nadu when Indian was officially mourning the cold-blooded murder of dozens of its soldiers.
Still worse, BJP MP Manoj Tiwari continues to represent his party despite shamelessly singing and dancing at a concert in Allahabad the same night that a suicide bomber belonging to Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed had inflicted the worst ever loss of human lives on India’s armed forces.
India’s lapdog media has also not demanded resignations of concerned ministers for turning a blind eye to the CRPF’s request to transport its troops by air. Former Jammu and Kashmir DGP SP Vaid told News18, “I had proposed to airlift the jawans during high-level security meeting of joint forces more than once, and also spoke about it to representatives of state and Union governments.”
Yes, Modi has vowed to avenge the Pulwama terror attack. He made this pledge while seeking votes from a gathering in Jhansi. But, no one knows when his ‘vow’ will turn into an action. Meanwhile, Pakistan is clearly rattled by India’s response since Navjot Singh Sidhu can’t be seen laughing at a comedy show and members and guests of the CCI in Mumbai will miss looking at the portrait of Imran Khan.
That’s precisely how you avenge a terror attack on your soldiers. India under Modi once again leads the war on terrorism, in its own questionable way.