Tempers are running high on the day of the Ayodhya verdict. The verdict has been declared and the Supreme Court has announced that the Muslim community ought to be awarded an alternate piece of land for a mosque of their own while the entirety of Ram Janmabhoomi has been provided for a Temple in Ayodhya.
Security has been beefed up across large parts of the country and politicians have appealed to the citizenry to maintain peace and communal harmony regardless of what the verdict may be. Appeals have also been made to the media to be responsible in their coverage of the events.
While most media portals have been responsible in their coverage, The Wire stands out like a sore thumb. Leading up to the verdict, the far-left propaganda outlet has been posting content that would appear extremely problematic even to the layman. They have been posting images from the day the Babri Masjid was torn down.
Furthermore, they have also been peddling propaganda regarding by Leftist historians that have been thoroughly rejected by the Supreme Court of India. The Supreme Court has accepted the ASI report which stated that there was a Hindu structure under the Mosque.
Historian Dr Meenakshi Jain has also documented numerous evidence which conclusively proves that Ayodhya has been a holy site for Hindus since centuries. We have also documented evidence that Ayodhya featured prominently in the plans of the Maratha Empire. Thus, at a time when security has been heightened across the country, it is extremely irresponsible to deny the importance of the sacred site to the Hindu community.
Apart from these, they have also posted extremely problematic content. Even today, The Wire was busy pursuing a political agenda ahead of the Ram Janmabhoomi verdict. The insinuation of Varadarajan’s article shared by The Wire account appears to be clearly political in nature which could further escalated tensions.
The Wire has never been known for a responsible journalist. But today, on the day when the historic verdict has been delivered in Ram Janmabhoomi case, they have exceeded expectations. One would have hoped that on a critical day as today, The Wire would have exercised caution and refrained from pursuing a preordained agenda. Unfortunately, that was not to be.
In the past, The Wire has used the abrogation of Article 370 to promote discontent between the people of this country by insinuating that Dalits will be next victims of ‘Shah’s lethal strategies’. They have also made a habit of spreading negativity during Hindu festivals while wishing people of other communities how they are supposed to during their festivals.
More than that, an article published in The Wire on 19th January 2018 did lead to violent protests in Assam, bordering Nagaland. Reports had claimed that following the publishing of that article in The Wire, which quoted one Jagdamba Mall, as an RSS veteran, widespread violence broke out.