Even as our army was fighting Pakistani terrorists at Pathankot, Indian media and media persons were engaged in a different sort of warfare. To start with, in what was possibly the worst attempt at lying and spinning, a web portal called CatchNews.com tried to rake up a 6 months old comment by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, in an attempt to show him down.
CatchNews.com (which has Shoma Chaudhary, ex-collegaue of rape accused Tarun Tejpal and who is often accused of shielding Tejpal, as Editor in Chief) claimed that even as security forces were battling terrorists, Rajnath Singh had asked terrorists to practice Yoga to channelise inner gyaan.
The first part of the above lie was clear from their own article. The article was dated 20 June 2015 (as can be seen from the below screenshot). And the screenshot also makes it clear that even though the article was dated 20th June 2015, they added the first paragraph now which talked about Pathankot and claimed Rajnath Singh made this statement now.
It is amply clear that Rajnath Singh did not make this statement now from the fact that other media houses too reported this statement in June 2015 itself.
Further, as per CatchNews.com’s claims, did Rajnath Singh say terrorists should “practice yoga to channelise inner gyaan”? This is what he had said:
“Knowledge is very dangerous. Those who are involved in terrorist activities, they are also ‘gyaani’. They do not lack knowledge. There are many people in terrorism, they have knowledge too. But knowledge should be used in such a way that it becomes helpful to the society, not disastrous. Yoga will do the work of controlling that knowledge,”
The spin and intent of CatchNews.com is clear, especially in the backdrop of terror attacks.
Moving along, senior journalist Barkha Dutt seemed to be more disturbed about lack of information to the press rather than the fact the army was still dealing with a crisis:
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) January 3, 2016
While Barkha Dutt was lamenting about lack of information, A retired colonel of the Indian Army was making some very serious allegations about NDTV:
He alleged that NDTV transmitted key army operations thereby helping terrorists. It is not possible to verify this allegation now but given the history of Indian media and how it unwittingly aided terrorists during the 26/11 atatck, such serious allegations need to be investigated by the authorities.
Sagarika Ghose and Nikhil Wagle, decided that this was the best time ridicule Bhakts:
Points to be noted in above tweet: “their Government” a la Ram Madhav’s “your ISIS”, the palpable glee in the tone and tenor of both tweets, and of course the Retweet of both these tweets by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. Yes, while India is facing terror attacks, this is what media does.
IBN Live and India Today tried to pass off a pic from Syria as an exclusive picture of the terrorists shot dead at Pathankot:
This even as IBN’s Deputy Executive Editor tried to become an anti-terror operations expert and raised questions such as these:
Why does it take us 3 days inside a Defence (not civilian) establishment to neutralize 2 terrorists? #PathankotAttack Day 3.
— Zakka Jacob (@Zakka_Jacob) January 4, 2016
This is the scene of Indian media right now. Ranging from lies and deceit to taking potshots and Bhakts during a terror operation.