I don’t watch the English news channels as I how used to do before. I wanted to stay away from the depressing speculations by the media on anything that is ‘hot’, be it the pregnancy of Aiswarya Rai or sensationalising the killing of the little Arushi or predicting the doomsday by the stock market crash.
However, one cannot escape having a glimpse of what is happening around, especially while using the internet. I am no exception. I wanted to stay away from writing about the recent bomb blasts and massacre of Christians by the terrorists. Yes, terrorists. Why are not these blood-thirst beasts and monsters not called terrorists by the media? Why is it the news of Bajrangal activists who died making bombs is not known to anyone at all?
Why is the government reluctant to ban these terrorists who even have a hitlist? Ok, this site does not exist anymore, or may be this was only a prank but if the same thing (I just hate to say that) is done by others, just think of the consequence.
Talk about the bomb blasts in Delhi, within days after the incident, the Police would say it has solved the terror plots and kill some alleged terrorists in an encounter. It picks up students randomly from a University and tags them as terrorists. So if they are smart enough to solve the case so quickly, why didn’t they prevent the most recent ones? What about the blasts in Malegon? Any random email with an Arabic/Urdu sounding name is suffice for them to narrow down the masterminds. Bull and shit. I just cant read the story of the twelve year old boy who picked up the bomb dropped by two faceless beasts in a crowded area in Delhi in order to give it back to them.
And the immediate solution that political parties will come up with will be- stronger anti-terror laws like POTA. Is there anyone who remembers for what reasons other than political vengeance it was used in India, especially in Tamil Nadu? I don’t think people of TN will forget Vaiko’s arrest during Jayalalitha’s rule.
I see the whole thing as biased. Totally. While I don’t discount the fact that there are some or even many Muslim-named outfits (to me they are just Muslims by records) like the ones responsible for the Coimbatore blasts (there again, several hundred innocent Muslim youth were arrested and detained without any charge against them apart from the criminals), I hate the term terrorism used only against these people. Today, if any of you read the term ‘terrorist’, immediately a guy with a turban and a long beard with a gun on his side would pop up in your head. Or it is just synonymous with a Muslim. But outfits like Bajrangal are not terrorist organizations. They are just rioters. They are harmless. They are only capable of raping a nun and burning innocent people. They can lead a respectable life after a few years. Like in Bombay.
“Those who took part in the ’92 riots may be respectable citizens today. Terrorists are committed to undermine the state’s sovereignty.”
-Swapan Dasgupta, BJP ideologue
I don’t see this cheap, baseless bias ending anytime soon and I don’t expect the illiterate mass of our country to think beyond what is portrayed by the media. And the educated class is no exception.
*Peace be upon you all, on all you ignorant ones*
PS: A delightful news among the depressing ones-this the spirit of India and I haven’t lost my faith in our unity!