Sopore: Liberal Indian media crosses frightening line

On June 19, merely days after the bloody clash with China at Galwan valley, engineers of the Indian Army completed a crucial 60 meter bridge over the Galwan river high in the mountains. This would give the Indian Army easy connectivity to the crucial air field at Daulat Beg Oldie.

That’s the Indian Army for us all. Forever vigilant along the LAC and the LOC. Ready to build a bridge in difficult mountain terrain, with the enemy almost staring them in the face.

Yesterday, the Indian liberal media crossed a very different sort of bridge. It was a moral bridge. They officially crossed the bridge from hostility towards Modi sarkar to openly siding with Pakistani propaganda.

It happened thus. Terrorists attacked a CRPF party in Sopore in Northern Kashmir. One CRPF man was killed as well as a civilian. The heartbreaking images of the dead civilian, a grandfather, went viral yesterday, showing his little grandson grieving over the lifeless body.

That’s what terrorism is. It’s purpose is to take innocent lives. How many more heartbreaking images do you want to see? From Kashmir, from Delhi, from Mumbai, from Paris, New York, Sydney or Madrid?

But then something surprising happened. Segments in the Indian liberal media started circulating the rumor that the civilian in question had been killed not by terrorists, but by the CRPF.

Sure, the Indian media kept up a veneer of deniability. Instead of accusing the CRPF directly, they said they were merely reporting the rumors that had been circulating. But the objective of giving widespread publicity to these rumors is completely clear. And whose propaganda this is serving.

The approach was simple. The “reputed” liberal newspapers reported it in monkey balancing fashion, as two competing accounts of the same event. The murky online liberal portals were bolder: they made headlines out of the allegation and included the CRPF’s official version as a footnote.

Some of them went ahead and “interviewed” a 3 year old child as evidence to support their claims. It’s official. They have no morals.

And so it begins. The propaganda effort to show Indian security personnel as terrorists in Kashmir.

They had been preparing the ground on this for a while. For a long time now, terrorists neutralized by security forces have been hailed in our media as headmasters sons, cricket enthusiasts, video game players, math teachers and what not. Their personal stories, their hopes and dreams, were splashed all over mainstream and social media. Meanwhile, casualties sustained by Indian security personnel were reported as dry statistics: X killed and Y injured.

In other words, the terrorists were humanized, turned into people who seemed relatable. Indian security personnel were rendered nameless and faceless.

This instinct has been lurking in the Indian liberal mind for a while now, even before Modi sarkar. The Batla House encounter of Sep 2008, in which Inspector M C Sharma laid down his life, has repeatedly been described as a fake encounter. Even after the 26/11 attacks, a section of media quite eager to excuse Pakistan and somehow blame the RSS.

But secular parties were in power then. The parties and their cheerleaders were torn between ideology and votebank on the one hand and the basic responsibility of running the state on the other.

Then, 2014 happened. And then 2019. After Article 370 was removed in August last year, the media drive against India became turbocharged. The Indian state was routinely labelled as Nazi and fascist. Even Kashmiri Hindus celebrating the move were labelled as Nazis. Of course, this is exactly what Pakistan and China wanted to hear : India as the occupier in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. The Pakistanis want Kashmir. The Chinese want Ladakh. The liberal media wants to get back its hold in the corridors of power in Delhi. Three forces, one objective.

In retrospect, it is surprising that it took the Indian media so long to cross this bridge.

6 thoughts on “Sopore: Liberal Indian media crosses frightening line

  1. I would call it Lootyens Media (LM) and not liberal media because they are anything but liberal. Let us dissect such lootyens media. LM consists almost entirely of people from privileged backgrounds who by virtue of their connections, sponsorship and funding by patrons in the Congress party have created media empires. Many self styled media eminences like Coupta, Boxer etc. have lived off the largesse of the dynasty and owe it to them. So their job is to shape narratives to fit the convenience and interest of the dynasty. In short LM is an incestous cesspool of entitled, deracinated, well connected but fit for nothing types whose survival lies in putting the dynasty on a pedestal and tarnishing the reputation of anyone who is a threat to the political future of the dynasty.

    LM have willingly let themselves be used to cross the line and now are pursuing a dangerous path of pedalling narratives of enemy foreign states against India. This is not just crossing the line, some of their actions can rightly be classified as treason. They are still able to carry on such activities because India is a soft state when it comes to dealing with its Jaichands and Mirjafirs. This has to change. It is easy to target LM if the government of the day wants to. Most of them have shady financials and just a bit of scratching on the surface will show quick results. Used as they were in the past to immunity from any government actions, many of them have not even bothered to hide their shady financials, it is in open sight.

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  2. The liberals run their propaganda based on the template of false equivalency.

    Aylan Kurdi was used to used to further political agenda then. Today they are using a 3 year old from Kashmir.

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  3. Liberal media (or Lootyens media as Raj puts it has crossed may frightening lines in the past so this is just another day at office for them.

    A few years back John Sculley, CEO of PesiCo, participated in a blind test where he had to decide which was tastier – Pepsi or Coke and he chose coke.

    The blind test for Indian liberal media is – If you remove their names from the articles or tweets, can you distinguish whether an Indian wrote it or an enemy of India(Pakistani or Chinese). In almost all cases, Indian liberal media writing or tweeting is indistinguishable from Pakistani/Chinese writing or tweeting.

    This may be because the Indian liberal media is in the pay of Pakistan/China. Or may be it is because it is Pakistani/Chinese writing the articles and our liberal media just putting their name to it.

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  4. Yesterday or so OpIndia had a good article showing copies from Pakistani and Kashmiri Muslims instigating all Muslims to say and Twitt that the grandfather of the boy was killed by the police and not by the terrorists. BJP’s Mr. Sambit Patra had a good Twitt with the picture of the boy on grandfather’s dead body indicating that such a picture will win Pulitzer Prize winner.

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  5. If the low media, lootyen media, lick media, leutyn media any LM except liberal media is getting funds which surely it is what the hell IA is doing when it poses grave danger to the security of the country?

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