“Rakabjung, police bandobast”: Indian journalists face ridicule for ‘copy paste’ journalism on PM Modi’s unscheduled visit to Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Sahib


Indian journalists are facing widespread ridicule for indulging in ‘copy paste’ journalism on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s unscheduled visit to Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Sahib on Sunday morning. PM Modi’s visit to pay tributes to Sikh Guru Teg Bahadur came amidst raging protests by farmers against the three Farm Laws. A significantly large number of those protesting at Delhi borders are Sikh farmers from Punjab.

Several journalists on Sunday morning began to post identical news flash on PM Modi’s visit to the Delhi gurudwara. According to their messages (see below), the prime minister made a surprise visit to ‘Gurudwara Rakabjung’ and ‘there was also no police bandobast or traffic barriers to the common man during this visit.’ This was to portray PM Modi’s simplicity and how he cared about people’s convenience.

However, little did these journalists realise that the name of the gurudwara was spelled wrongly. Instead of Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Sahib, all of them had chosen to publish it as Gurudwara Rakabjung. This prompted many to conclude that journalists had merely indulged in copying the message sent from the BJP IT Cell to share it widely using their social media pages. 

As expected, they began to face widespread ridicule from netizens.

Tens of thousands of farmers have been protesting at the Delhi-Haryana border demanding the withdrawal of three Farm Laws passed by the government. PM Modi has defended the laws saying this will help boost the incomes of farmers.

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