Amrit Hallan, a prolific writer and a content professional was listed as a contributor on Huffington Post till just a few hours back. This is how his profile looked at the website (you can also see the title of his latest article that was published by The Huffington Post):
The Huffington Post blocked Amrit Hallan for writing an article that did not align with the agenda that is being peddled by the mainstream media – that a girl named Gurmehar Kaur is right and what she is saying is the gospel truth, while those against her are all trolls and demons dangerous for the society.
In fact, the article by Mr. Hallan – which we are republishing below – did not pass any judgements on the girl or her thoughts at all. It just critiqued the narrative being built around her activism, and the reactions to that. All the article did was to show how the left-liberal media and ‘intelligentsia’ was hypocritical.
The article just pointed out how the same left-liberal cabal had hounded a teenage girl and humiliated her when she spoke against the leftist lout (our word, not Mr. Hallan’s) Kanhaiya Kumar. And it pointed out how the media presented an SFI goon as victim of violence, while cameras captured him hitting other students.
And that’s it – that was enough for the Huffington Post to not only delete the article, but block Mr. Hallan from writing again.
At this point, let us make it clear; Huffington Post is a private platform and they have the rights to choose what they publish. They also have rights to define their editorial guidelines. Since they did not give any explanation to Mr. Hallan over why they deleted the article, we are republishing it here so that you can yourself conclude what could have triggered it.
In our judgment, this has now completely removed the mask of the mainstream media that claims to be “neutral” and not politically aligned with anyone. By censoring a view that was going against the so-called “left-liberal” crowd, The Huffington Post in a way have betrayed their ideological and political affiliations.
For example, we at OpIndia.com will never publish a typical “left liberal” rant. This is because we have declared our ideological position in writing. We don’t claim to be ideologically neutral. But why do the mainstream media platforms don’t show this honesty? Why do they pretend to be “neutral” when they are definitely not? Because it helps in fooling the unsuspecting readers? Because that’s the best way to spread a propaganda? You decide.
By the way, this is not for the first time The Huffington Post has censored an article. Last week they deleted an article that argued that Trump was right about his comments on Sweden and immigration. Last year, they had deleted an article on Hillary Clinton’s health concerns.
In fact, Mr. Hallan himself is a second-time victim. Speaking to OpIndia.com, he revealed that earlier The Huffington Post had approached him of their own, asking permission to republish his widely popular article “Why I Support Narendra Modi”. He gave the permission, they published the article, and then without any explanation, they removed the article.
Now they have done it again. As they say, once is a mistake, twice a choice.
The article that Huffington Post deleted follows below:
Gurmehar Kaur & Blatant hypocrisy of the left-lib intelligentsia
We all have our own political and ideological views and it’s all fine. This is what makes our world diverse, wonderful and chaotic.
Our different opinions often create conflict and when political and financial interests clash, these conflicts turn nasty.
But most of the nastiness originates from the left-lib intelligentsia that never tires of calling itself liberal and inclusive, but is the most illiberal lot. And on top of this, they’re also blatantly hypocritical. They can throw their hypocrisy right at your face without blinking an eyelid and you are left thinking, are they for real? Unfortunately, they are.
Although you can write multiple books compiling instances of hypocrisy among the left-libs, I’m going to talk about the current incident.
Recently a talk was to be organized at Delhi’s Ramjas College, and perhaps just to incite an unrest, the infamous JNU student Umar Khalid, who has multiple criminal cases against him for his anti-national and seditious public utterances, was also invited. Naturally there was an uproar and there was a clash between the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad that didn’t want a student of such a dubious background giving speech at the campus and the Student Federation of India that supports Umar Khalid for whatever twisted reasons.
There was a photo of a student beating up another student. Newspapers like The Hindu published the photographs claiming that ABVP students beat up the hapless and peaceful SFI students, which was proven to be a total lie later on. It was the other way round. The SFI students actually beat up ABVP students and it has been well-documented in posts like these. The actual violence came from the so-called “victims” and it was perpetrated upon the so-called “culprits”. But the left-lib media twisted the entire event to give it a different colour.
As you can see in the image below, the same Mukherjee is seen beating up a student and then claiming in the TV studio that he and his friends were attacked while the police looked on. The image for the shows that he is from the SFI.
After having totally twisted the narrative, nobody from the left-lib media later and said that they had misreported the entire thing. Mischievous hypocrisy at its peak.
The usual stuff happened.
But then, some daughter of a martyred soldier, Gurmehar Kaur surfaced, opposing the ABVP stand and supporting Umar Khalid, in the name of supporting right to freedom of expression. Her picture carrying a paper sheet with the message “I am a student from Delhi University. I am not afraid of ABVP. I am not alone. Every student of India is with me” was splattered all over the social media.
Naturally, as it happens in such situations all sorts of responses began surfacing and not all the responses were appropriate. In fact, some could have even been deplorable. This is the risk of expressing political and ideological opinions on the Internet. It is not acceptable, but the sad reality is, it happens.
The girl first expressed something that goes totally parallel to the discourse favoured by the left-lib intelligentsia and she immediately became the darling of the leftist media and anti-BJP political establishment.
On top of that, she also said how she was being abused on social media and she had even received rape threats. She was immediately called to the NDTV Studios. Issuing rape threats is a serious offence and she should have immediately lodged a police complaint but instead, she decided to give interviews to eager TV news anchors. Another bout of victimhood started in which all the usual suspects came out with heart-wrenching statements of support for the girl.
In between, Gurmehar Kaur even managed to say that her martyred father was not killed by Pakistan but by the “war” between India and Pakistan. This turned into meme that culminated into cricketer Sehwag posting a picture of himself holding a placard that said “I didn’t score two triple centuries, my bat did.”
Such a comment coming from the cricket celebrity who cannot be criticised lightly riled up everybody and on top of that, even Bollywood actor Randeep Hooda endorsed Sehwag’s comment, which further escalated the panic.
It isn’t clear whether the girl has been brainwashed or she really has strong political and ideological opinions, but one thing that clearly stands out is the hypocritical approach the left-lib intelligentsia follows when it comes to recognising victims and abusers. There was a response from Shekhar Gupta decrying the stand taken by Sehwag and Hooda.
Strangely, there was no response from him when this happened:
When the Kanhaiya fiasco was happening, a 14-year-old girl challenged Kanhaiya for a debate. Large-scale trolling of that girl happened from left-lib and AAP supporters. Even the Twitter head couldn’t resist trolling a 14-year-old girl just because she had a different opinion and she had challenged the left-lib buffoon Kanhaiya.
There is always selective outrage. Pin drop silence if something happens and talking about it would be inimical to their sustained agenda, otherwise, turn even a small incident into an international outcry.
This is not a rant. I’m just trying to throw some light on the blatant hypocrisy that takes place among the left-lib intelligentsia in the name of protecting the right to freedom of expression and other such lofty, intellectual legerdemain.