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Former bureaucrat KC Singh wants journalists jailed for not being anti-Modi enough

Krishan Chandra Singh (KC Singh) is a former diplomat. One would image, that a civil servant and a former diplomat to Iran would have a broader view of how inextricably dissent and democracy are intertwined. The spirit of the latter being preserved by the dogged freedom to indulge in the former.

However, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi assuming power in 2014, it would appear that many have betrayed the tenets they pretended to hold dear and espouse. One of them seems to be KC Singh.

KC Singh, on the 4th of July, made a rather interesting comment. He took to Twitter to critique a Times Now report and asserted that post elections, presumably talking about the 2019 general elections, if the Modi government is voted out, commissions of enquiry need to be set up by the new government (presumably meaning Congress) to probe the “misuse” of media, social media and electronic media by owners and anchors. He said the enquiry should be conducted into how they “incite people and debase polity”.

In a shocking epilogue, he asserted that “some need to be fined/jailed and their licenses need to be rescinded.

The report on Times Now that got KC Singh so riled up was a rather simple one and an important one. The Times Now report investigated how the activism against the elected leader of India is emanating from Pakistan. The Pakistani group uses Social Media to sow discord in India against its Prime Minister, who happens to be Narendra Modi. It observed that this “activism” that emanates from Pakistan peaks during certain protests like the one held in support of arrested Maoist GN Saibaba. It observed that on the day GN Saibaba was arrested, there were several tweets under an anti-India hashtag that got almost 1 million impressions and over 86% of those tweets came from Pakistan.

Navika Kumar’s report on Times Now was an important one. It showed how Pakistan is actively campaigning to create discord in the country especially when terrorists and Maoists are arrested. The ones who want to break the country up. It is this surprising that KC Singh took offence to a report that implicated Pakistan. In fact, OpIndia had also reported earlier how fake Pakistani websites were being used to burn India in a vicious caste war.

No matter who the Prime Minister of the country is, a foreign country, that too an enemy country, actively creating discord must be countered. It is rather tragic that a former diplomat would lose sight of that simply because the Prime Minister is someone he doesn’t agree with. In essence, the babu got irked because the report by Navika exposed Pakistan wanting Modi to be pulled down. In essence, he wanted journalists who do such reports jailed because he wants Modi to be pulled down too. He wanted journalists jailed if Congress comes back to power, for not hating Modi enough.

This report by Navika Kumar triggered the babu so much, that he demanded an enquiry on journalists and possible jail term for the ones who didn’t display as much hatred against Prime Minister Modi as himself or perhaps as much as Sidharth Bhatia (whose tweet he quoted), the co-founder of propaganda website ‘The Wire’.

It is no surprise that Pakistan has a plan to break India up and create fault lines. In fact, there was a Senate report on how Pakistan should go about doing it, and we had analysed how the Pakistani line is toed by many in the media fraternity, knowingly or unknowingly, in their hate for Modi.

It is bemusing that the very people who accuse the current dispensation of being ‘fascists’ and ‘dictatorial’ with an inherent hatred for freedom of the press and freedom of expression would want the ones who don’t share their hatred to thrown in jail, much like the Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi or like the regime cherished by Saudi Arabia. The underlying principle being. People like KC Singh are the very people who would put an asterisk and write in miniscule letters that free speech is free, but with conditions applied. The condition being that of absolute subservience to their line of thinking.

One marvels at the so-called sanghis never asking for such reprisals. The ‘right’ seems to lead a crusade against fake news, while the left and its assorted supporters seem to run a crusade against ‘dissent’, all along, branding the ‘sanghis’ as supporters of a totalitarian state and a dictatorial ruler. It is the left and its ideological supporters who seem to give ‘political context’ to murder when someone they don’t agree with turns up brutalised or dead. It is them, who want jail or worse for the ones who dare to disagree. The ones who dare to toe the path of truth, and not of ideological subservience to the left.

Perhaps this Twitter user put it in the best possible words.

They are dreaming of unleashing real emergency if they come back to power in 2019.

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