The Indian media is much in the news these days. It is becoming increasingly clear that media bigwigs and politicians work hand in glove to defraud the public. That’s not really news since a moment’s reflection reveal why that makes sense. What’s also been amply clear to some is that the media have been the flag bearers of pseudo-secularism. Here’s a fine example from a report published today in Headlines India.
The title of the piece is “Gujarat riots: Apex court slams NGO for writing to UN agency.” The NGO concerned is “Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP).” Relevant excerpts:
New Delhi, Dec 2: The Supreme Court today took strong exception to an NGO and petitioner in the 2002 Gujarat riots cases sending copies of its letters, addressed to the special investigating team (SIT), to a Geneva-based UN human rights organisation.
“We will not allow the outside agency to interfere in the affairs of our court,” said the special apex court . . .
Counsel for NGO Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), Kamini Jaiswal said that the United Nation Commissioner for Human Rights (UNCHR) was an international body to which the country’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) was affiliated. The NGO’s communication with UNCHR were regarding witness protection, she said.
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“We are hearing you and passing orders. What is your grievance?” the court asked Jaiswal.
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The court asked Jaiswal to seek instructions from the CJP on its action related to forwarding the communications to the UNCHR.
So far so good. The writer is reporting facts. In the next part, mark the bits I highlighted.
The cases relate to Godhra and post-Godhra riots which engulfed Gujarat in the wake of fire in a coach of the Sabarmati Express at Godhra railway station on Feb 27, 2002, killing 58 people returning from Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh.
On the petition of the wife of a riot victim seeking the transfer of trial in Ahmedabad’s Gulberg Society carnage during the post-Godhra riots, the court said that it would hold hearing on Dec 15.
On Feb 28, 2002, the Gulberg Society faced the fury of Hindu fanatics who killed 69 people, including former Congress MP Ehsan Zafri.
Note how no agency is attributed in Godhra train burning. It is as if the coach spontaneously caught fire. No conspiracy was involved. No gang of hundreds of blood-thirsty Islamic fanatics torched the coach killing innocent people. The coach simply burst into flames, just like that, and the automatic doors just sealed themselves trapping men, women and children. Happens all the time. Perhaps Martians attacked the train. We just don’t know and cannot assign blame to anyone. There’s nothing to see here, folks. Just keep moving.
But in the next bit, there is no hesitation in identifying “Hindu fanatics” who killed people. When it comes to identifying Hindus as fanatics, the press goes ape-shit crazy.
If I were the praying kind, I would hope and pray that the next time the Islamic terrorists attack — we don’t have to wait too long for that to happen — they take with them to the Islamic paradise some ranking members of the pseudo-secular press of India. If they take a few politicians with them as well, it would be icing on the cake.