Home News Reports #BelurMuttAttack: police and media apathy, from the eyes of a bystander

#BelurMuttAttack: police and media apathy, from the eyes of a bystander

Last evening, Belur Math was allegedly rocked by a blast close to the shoe racks which is located close to the entrance of the premises. Some reports describe this as “twin blasts” as two low-intensity crude bombs went off just before the evening prayers somewhere between 5:30 and 5:45 PM. No one was hurt, but the blasts led to the breaking of window panes of the building.

I happened to be there with my family at around 6:15 PM. A Friday and a public holiday, the premises were choc-a-bloc with people. Proximity to the Dakshineshwar Kali temple meant huge crowds on Fridays, since it is considered an auspicious day to worship Kali maa.  Rather surprisingly, we had no idea what had happened and did not hear of it during the one hour we spent at the math, barring an observation of high security in the premises. Given that high profile Hindu places of worship have been witness to brutal terrorist attacks in the past (Akshardham temple, Sankat Mochan Hanuman temple, Ramjanma Bhoomi temple, Raghunath Temple to name a few), the security did not seem unwarranted or completely out of place. The evening aarti and bhajans were in progress in a room filled with devotees, spilling outside the large hall. The building could not have looked more magnificent and peaceful in the evening light, the full moon shining behind it.  It was only later in the night around midnight, a good 6 hours after the blast, that I came to know of what happened via news reports shared on Twitter.

Now, it is possible that the blast was just a loud firecracker, or a prank played by someone seeking attention. It could also have meant to be served as a warning as this report suggests, but I wonder if it was taken seriously enough (as it should have been) or if greater efforts had gone into underplaying the incident and hushing it up by authorities. I am all in agreement of not creating panic among the locals, but is it sensible to keep a blast site open half an hour after an incident? Should the area not have been cleared out, cordoned off and swept thoroughly for the possibility of other explosives? I find it hard to believe that all of this had been carried out within a mere half hour of the incident, and I hope investigations and subsequent reports throw more light on this matter.

- Ad - - article resumes -

Since all the facts are not on the table at this point, let me give the police and security officials the benefit of the doubt. Let’s move over to the media. Many politicians and journalists are brushing off this incident as a minor one that does not warrant the kind of strong reactions it has evoked. And let’s assume for a second that this is true- that the incident was indeed a minor one. What they fail to understand, however, is that it is not the reaction to this ONE incident alone that angers the Hindu public. It is the enormous hypocrisy displayed by the very same people that angers and disgusts us.

Last week, NDTV ran a story repeatedly- that of a church-run school in West Bengal being sent threatening letters. The letters were hand-written and were sent to the school principle, threatening to burn the school down. No actual attempts had been made to harm the students or the establishment, but the channel ran the news repeatedly, linking it to other “Church attacks” the state had been witnessing recently. Earlier, a theft in a Delhi school was blown as “attack” and “vandalisation” by Barkha Dutt, from NDTV and others too. Surely, a bomb blast, albeit a low-intensity one, deserves similar attention? Maybe NDTV believes a letter scrawled with mere words is far more fearful than a bomb blast that didn’t, after all, blow anyone up to smithereens?

And then there are the politicians. Tweets by Derek O Brien below are self-explanatory in their blatant arrogance and hypocrisy.

 

Our PM Narendra Modi himself set a precedent when he publicly asked for a speedy resolution of “church attacks” (which subsequently was found to be a case of petty theft). Will he now be vocal about a speedy enquiry into the Belur math blasts? For his own sake, we certainly hope so.

– by @gobblefunk

Help Opindia Reach Every Indian. Share This Post
We need your support to survive in the media industry. Please consider paying us for the content we produce:

To know more about these payments, please click here.


Big Story

As Barkha had predicted, the Sibals also blamed the newly-elected Narendra Modi government for the advertisers to back off. Lack of advertising revenues led to deepening of their financial troubles, they claim. 

2019 World Cup Is Here!

Catch the latest on Cricket World Cup as it unfolds, special coverage by Opindia

Proud to be a brand - Made in India?
Now, Advertise on Opindia

Interview: Former RAW officer makes further shocking revelations about Hamid Ansari after alleging that he endangered lives of RAW officers in Iran

In this exclusive interview, Former RAW (Research and Analysis Wing) officer NK Sood makes further revelations about his time in Iran, Hamid Ansari and the vilified scientist Nambi Narayanan

Kapil Sibal claims Barkha Dutt was sacked before her tweets, won’t be paid anymore, Barkha says Sibal is lying

As Barkha had predicted, the Sibals also blamed the newly-elected Narendra Modi government for the advertisers to back off. Lack of advertising revenues led to deepening of their financial troubles, they claim. 
Tiranga TV boots its employees: Here is why they don't deserve any sympathy

I am a journalist and here is why I have absolutely no sympathy for the ones who joined Tiranga TV

News emerged last night that bouncers had been sent to the offices of Tiranga TV as the employees were holding a silent protest in the premises.

Prime Minister Modi, Hindus are under siege, and now is the right time to speak up

PM Modi will still win elections due to sheer inertia and the pathetic state of the country's opposition but the faith that he commands will take a hit and even if it's among a small section of the support base, it would be a travesty
Supreme court judgements - regional languages

Here are 7 bizarre judgments by the Indian Judiciary that highlight the need for urgent reforms

It's not the first time that the rather bizarre tendencies of the Indian Judiciary have been on display. In this article, we revisit some of them.

Conversion at Karnataka High Court? Islamic proselytising organisation distributed Quran among judges and advocates

Salaam Centre engages in 'Dawah' or the Islamic practice of converting non-Muslims to Muslim.
Image Source: Newstate

Campaign to raise funds for Richa Bharti, who was ordered to distribute Quran by Ranchi court, surpasses target within hours

A 19-year old college student, Richa Bharti was ordered to distribute 5 copies of Quran as a condition of bail by the Ranchi court

Aspiring model Khushi Parihar murdered over ‘friendship with other men’, live-in partner Ashraf Sheikh arrested

Aspiring model Khushi Parihar was found murdered with her head and face smashed on Saturday morning at Chatarpur farms, around 50 KMs away from the Nagpur city, her live-in partner Ashraf Sheikh has been arrested

Jharkhand: Hindu organisations allege bias as girl is arrested for Facebook post on Tabrez Ansari death based on FIR by Islamia committee

Acting on a complaint by the Anjuman Islamia Committee in Pithoria district, Ranchi, over a Facebook post on the Tabrez Ansari death, the Jharkhand police have today arrested a girl named Richa Bharti.
Kapil Sibal backed Tiranga TV senior producer accused of sexual harassment

Tiranga TV in yet another controversy: Girl accuses senior producer of sexual harassment, makes lewd chats public

A girl has accused the senior producer of Kapil Sibal backed Tiranga TV of sexual harassment. Himanshi Gupta took to Twitter to make lewd WhatsApp chats public.
Subscribe to Day's Top Stories
- Advertisment -

Latest articles

Connect with us

173,547FansLike
158,572FollowersFollow
74,790SubscribersSubscribe
Help Opindia Reach Every Indian. Share This Post