Tripura journalists hold a 2nd protest march after the initial one got hijacked by leftists

The brutal murder of Journalist Shantanu Bhowmik on Wednesday in Tripura during a clash between Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) and the Tribal wing of the CPM, had left many shocked. It prompted a strong reaction from the journalist fraternity in Tripura, who on that day created roadblocks to demand action against the murderers. Later they were also scheduled to hold a silent funeral procession in memory of Shantanu, which most likely was scheduled to take place on Friday.

There were early indications of political interference by the left in the whole matter after local outfits had reported that Tripura’s PWD minister had made a clear political statement by giving a “Red Salute” to the body of the slain journalist.

Now this aspect of “political hijacking” has been strengthened by reports which claim that journalists in Agartala took out a second silent protest on Saturday after many of them complained that the original protest on Friday had more CPM workers than journalists.

- Advertisement - - Article resumes -

The initial protest march on Friday was organised by the Agartala Press Club where as alleged by journalists, they were simply outnumbered by CPM supporters. Plus according to them, the Agartala Press Club clearly prepared political banners which blamed the IPFT for the murder even before the probe has been completed.

The General secretary of the Tripura Working Journalists’ Association (TWJA), also stated that various senior CPM leaders like MPs Shankar Prasad Datta, Jharna Das Baidya, Agartala mayor Prafullajit Sinha, DYFI state secretary Amal Chakraborty and SFI state secretary Nabarun Deb were also present at the protest.

This resulted in 7 journalist associations like the Tripura Journalists’ Union, Tripura Newspaper Society, Tripura Working Journalists’ Association, Tripura Photo Journalists’ Association, Tripura News Correspondents’ Forum, Tripura Electronic Media Society and the Kokborok Media Forum, taking out another protest on Saturday.

The CPM as a response to the criticism, labelled the criticism and protests as agenda of BJP supported newspaper-owners.

Whatever the CPM might say, this isn’t the only time their party or the left as a whole has hijacked such protests. During the aftermath of the Gauri Lankesh murder it was reported  how the presence of politicians during a protest at the press club of India had left many journalists disappointed. The politicians mainly included leftists like Sitaram Yechury, Mohammed Salim, Atul Anjan and leftist student leaders like Kanhaiya Kumar and Shehla Rashid.

In February the ABVP had also alleged that the leftists had attempted to hijack a protest march inside the campus.

Such a behaviour of the leftists might be prompted by the fact that their party is rapidly losing relevance in the larger political spectrum and by trying to hog the spotlight during such protest meets, the communists might be attempting to pivot themselves into public eye.


Share This Post and Support:
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.


Most read articles recently

Congress deletes video where Rahul Gandhi was seen dancing shortly after the Pulwama attack

After Congress' lies against the Prime Minister were exposed, Congress proceeded to delete the tweet where Rahul Gandhi was seen dancing after the Pulwama terror attack.

This is why Neena Gupta wants no one to wish Pritish Nandy even a Happy Birthday

Pritish Nandy 'stole' Masaba's birth certificate and printed in his magazine without Neena Gupta's permission
Image Source: Twitter

Fearing India’s retaliation, Pakistan cancels leaves of its troops, uses flares to light up night sky to see movement of Indian troops

Pakistani administration has asked people to stay in underground bunkers, which could protect them from shelling or any form of attacks which could come from the other side of the border.
Pakistan's government acts as a subordinate of its military and Islamic fundamentalists

It appears Pakistan is scared of India: Masood Azhar’s veiled threat to Imran Khan against any govt action

Masood Azhar said in his weekly address, ''Pakistan's response to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's threats post Pulwama was rather lukewarm and lacklustre. It appears Pakistan is scared of India.''

Pakistanis get scared about attack by India after seeing their own Air Force fighter jets flying over civilian areas

Several people posted on social media that India has dropped bombs over Sialkot in Pakistan

Fact Check: Was PM Narendra Modi doing a photoshoot in Uttarakhand after the Pulwama terror attack?

PM Modi had completed before his forest visit in Corbett National Park before the Pulwama attack
Foreign trips and MoUs signed: Read how 5 years of Modi trumps 10 years of Manmohan Singh

Foreign trips and MoUs signed: Read how 5 years of Modi trumps 10 years of Manmohan Singh

In terms of signing international deals and MoU, PM Narendra Modi has delivered 322% more than PM Manmohan Singh at only 18% additional costs

After India’s diplomatic win, Pakistan media changes the UNSC statement to suit its false narrative on Pulwama attack

After the UNSC issued a strong statement against the Pulwama terrorist attack and named JeM, thereby registering a major diplomatic win for India, media in Pakistan has resorted to obfuscation and twisting the statement to suit their fundamentalist narratives

Goa DGP warns against Amazon Alexa, UC Browser, calls them biggest spies

DGP Chander also warned against Pakistani music website songs.pk saying that the site promotes Chinese-made UC browser which collects private information of users.

Another gaffe by Youth Congress, shares poster of Narendra Modi’s popularity with wrong claim

Youth Congress mistakes a Times Group online to be BJP internal poll

Latest articles

Connect with us

138,628FansLike
111,472FollowersFollow
23,573SubscribersSubscribe

Don't miss these