Thursday, October 22, 2020
Home News Reports Faith under siege: Media projects Kanwariyas as 'hooligans', but here are 7 attacks on...

Faith under siege: Media projects Kanwariyas as ‘hooligans’, but here are 7 attacks on Kanwariyas that media doesn’t outrage about

Lakhs of Hindu devotees undertake the Kanwar yatra every year and sparing one or two incidents the yatra is mostly peaceful.

As Kanwariyas, the devotees of Shiva, begin their annual pilgrimage on foot to holy places of Haridwar, Gaumukh and Gangotri in Uttarakhand and Sultanganj in Bihar to fetch sacred waters of River Ganga and bring them to their local Shiva temples, they seem to have become an easy target for the “liberal-secular” intelligentsia of the country.

The ‘liberal-secular’ media has been hatching a plot to discredit Kanwar yatras for a very long time now. In similar propaganda, Times Now is now upping the ante by terming the Shiv Bhakts as ‘Hooligans’ after they were involved in a one or two stray incidents along their yatras.

Many media outlets and left-leaning journalists are hell-bent on maligning the Kanwar Yatra by painting the yatris as hooligans and miscreants. However, the very same ‘liberal-secular’ including Times Now also ignore most of the brutal attacks against Kanwariyas.

Last year, Business Standard had come up with a ridiculous article targetting Kanwariyas. The article had claimed that 30 million Kawariyas are to gather in Haridwar which is 7% of India’s total labour force and 7.3% of total employed people in the country. The article insinuated that Kanwariyas are unemployed and a waste of the nation’s resources.

While outlets like Times Now, Business Standard, CNN-News18 etc are hell-bent of painting Kanwariyas as hooligans, here are 7 instances when Kanwariyas were brutally attacked, but the media at large, chose to maintain silence:

CNNNews18 refers to attack on Kanwariyas by Muslim mob as ‘Kanwariya Menace’

Last year, a group of Kanwariyas returning from their pilgrimage were attacked with stones and lathis by a Muslim mob in Rajasthan’s Tonk district. However, CNN-News18 had covered the attack on Kanwariyas but they projected it as ‘Kanwariya Menace’. This was done despite there was a video that clearly stated that Kanwariyas were the victims and were attacked.

Kanwariya lynched in Bihar

In Siwan, Bihar a 62-year-old Kanwariya was dragged from a vehicle and was beaten to death by a local mob. According to reports, a vehicle carrying Kanwariyas from Babadham had brushed a bike about 5 km from Lohgajar village. The young man in the bike reportedly called almost a dozen of his associates and the mob started assaulting the Kanwariyas in the vehicle.

But, the ultra-left wing Communist propaganda newspaper The Telegraph published the report with the headline, “1 lynched after Kanwariya vehicle hits bike”. The headline by Telegraph might give the readers an impression that it was perhaps the Kanwariya who was involved in the lynching and not the victim.

Kanwariyas attacked by Muslims for entering ‘their area’

On July 22, 2017, a Muslim mob had attacked a convoy of Kanwariyas for taking out their Kanwar yatra through ‘their area’ in Bareilly district of Uttar Pradesh. Communal attacks had erupted after Muslims had objected passing of their yatras through ‘Muslim area’. However, there was no outrage against the Muslim mob for attacking the Hindu Kanwar yatris who were on their way from a religious trip.

Communal tension in Fatehpur after Kanwariyas take out procession passed in front of a mosque

Similarly, in August 2018, communal tensions flared up in Fatehpur town in Sikar district, Rajasthan after Kanwariyas took out a procession through Luharon Ka Mohalla on Churu Road in Fatehpur. They were attacked by members of the Muslim community as the procession passed in front of a mosque.

Muslim bat beat to death for participating in Kanwar Yatra

In another attack, a Muslim mob had killed one of their own man in the Baghpat village in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. A Muslim named Babu Khan was allegedly beaten up at a local mosque by the community after he participated in the ongoing Kanwar Yatra and offered water to Lord Shiva.

Kanwariyas lynched for saying ‘Bol-Bam’

In just last one week, at least three separate incidents have been reported where there have been attempts to either attack or to incite violence against the Kanwar yatris for carrying out their annual yatras. On the first Monday of Saawan on July 22, two Kanwariyas were beaten up by men of the Muslim community for chanting ‘Bol-Bam’ in the Jaunpur district of Uttar Pradesh.

No Kanwariyas in ‘Muslim area’

In another horrific incident, Hindus in a Bareilly village were worried about forced religious conversion by Muslims and contemplated exodus after they faced intimidation. Muslims objecting to even allow Kanwariyas to pass through their village was one of the reasons to which Hindus had thought of fleeing from the village.

Despite all the attacks perpetrated against Kanwariyas, the “liberal-secular” considers them to be a nuisance to the society. For the liberal media, Kanwariyas are the ones who spread plastic pollution, promote hooliganism and also often term them as jobless and Hindutva terrorists.

Lakhs of Hindu devotees undertake the Kanwar yatra every year and sparing one or two incidents the yatra is mostly peaceful. However, the recent attempts by the media to paint Kanwar yatras in the negative shade merely exposes their prejudice against the Hindus and their traditions.

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

OpIndia Staffhttps://www.opindia.com
Staff reporter at OpIndia

Related Articles

Trending now

Punjab’s new Agriculture Laws are hogwash meant to fool gullible farmers, violates the constitution: Read how

The Essential Commodities Act passed by the Punjab govt contravenes the constitution, adds opacity and infringes on the centre

How do Customs officials remove gold concealed in the rectum of smugglers? Things you never thought you’d want to know

Customs officials convince the smugglers to eject the gold from their rectum, or extract with the help of doctors

21 October 1943: Netaji Subhash had formed the Azad Hind Government, India’s ‘declaration of independence’

On October 21, 1943, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose announced the formation of the 'Arzi Hukumat-e-Azad Hind' or the provincial government of free India in Singapore and had declared war on the British Empire.

No, going to Dubai to buy the new iPhone 12 Pro is not cheaper than buying in India. Here is how

Dhruv Rathee criticised the 'Indian Tax System' by claiming that travelling to Dubai for buying an iPhone 12 Pro is cheaper than getting it from India.

Is somebody paying the “experts” to spread spurious narratives on Atmanirbhar Bharat?

A more self-reliant India, with a bigger industrial base, with lesser trade deficits was the need of the hour. Who could object?

Rahul Gandhi to help PFI member and Kerala-based ‘journalist’ Siddique Kappan who is accused of attempting to instigate violence in UP

The Congress leader met a delegation at Malappuram, Kerala on Monday and promised them to look into the issue of the arrest of 'journalist' Siddique Kappan.

Recently Popular

UK: 37-year-old paedophile named Rehan Baig jailed for raping chickens to death while his wife filmed it

Rhan Baig's wife had also joined him in the videos and at one point he alternated between having sex with his wife and the chickens.

‘Comedian’ Agrima Joshua, who calls herself ‘feminist’, passes offensive sexual comments against woman due to political differences

Agrima Joshua had earlier found herself in a controversy after insulting the Shivaji Maharaj memorial during a performance.

Caught on camera: NCP’s Nawab Malik ‘predicts’ Arnab will commit suicide as he will be ‘trapped’ in TRP case

Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik insists that though the BARC letter clears Republic TV's name, the police investigation 'will find evidence' against Arnab.

Pakistan in ‘civil war’ mode after Sindh Police and Army clash after police chief was kidnapped. Read details

A civil war is brewing in Pakistan after deadly clashes broke out between Sindh police and Pakistani army over the illegal detention of Sindh police chief.

Remember Sheena Bora case? Param Bir Singh was the IG of Konkan range, the site where her body was dumped

Param Bir Singh knew that Sheena Bora was missing. He had asked Rahul Mukerjea to file a 'missing persons' report. Sheena, however, was never reported as 'missing'.

Paris: Two Muslim women stabbed under Eiffel Tower by white women shouting “dirty Arabs”

Two Muslim women were stabbed repeatedly under the Eiffel Tower on Sunday night by two white women who called them "dirty Arabs".
- Advertisement -

Another contempt case? Prashant Bhushan targets CJI Bobde again, links his home visit during holidays with Madhya Pradesh MLA disqualification case

CJI is eligible for state arranged transport during visits to states, but Prashant Bhushan alleged CJI Bobde of taking favors from MP govt

Shahabuddin was a powerful ‘pawn’ under Lalu-led government in Bihar: Read how he dominated Siwan during the jungle raj

Shahabuddin was fearless because of the backing he got from Lalu Yadav, and in return, he made sure Lalu got votes in the elections

Maharashtra: Uddhav Thackeray government blocks CBI from investigating cases in the state, withdraws general consent

The Maharashtra government on Wednesday passed an order withdrawing its consent for the CBI to probe cases in the state

Punjab’s new Agriculture Laws are hogwash meant to fool gullible farmers, violates the constitution: Read how

The Essential Commodities Act passed by the Punjab govt contravenes the constitution, adds opacity and infringes on the centre

Paris: Two Muslim women stabbed under Eiffel Tower by white women shouting “dirty Arabs”

Two Muslim women were stabbed repeatedly under the Eiffel Tower on Sunday night by two white women who called them "dirty Arabs".

How do Customs officials remove gold concealed in the rectum of smugglers? Things you never thought you’d want to know

Customs officials convince the smugglers to eject the gold from their rectum, or extract with the help of doctors

Fake news peddler Prashant Kanojia granted bail by Allahabad High Court

Kanojia was also arrested last year for postin derogatory tweets aimed at spreading hatred.

Youth Congress chief spreads misinformation about Modi govt’s Bihar package, distorts statement of BJP chief JP Nadda

Youth Congress chief uses only a part of speech of JP Nadda to spread misinformation about Modi govt’s Bihar package

21 October 1943: Netaji Subhash had formed the Azad Hind Government, India’s ‘declaration of independence’

On October 21, 1943, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose announced the formation of the 'Arzi Hukumat-e-Azad Hind' or the provincial government of free India in Singapore and had declared war on the British Empire.

China fines dairy company for ‘incorrect’ map of its territory in an advertisement, the company issues apology

China penalised Bright Dairy and Food for not showing 'complete and correct territory' of the country, which is a violation of laws

Connect with us

245,563FansLike
465,750FollowersFollow
18,800SubscribersSubscribe