Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Business Standard terms Ashok Singhal a 'Hindu warrior', Indian Express too writes eulogy: Hate-speeches, communal agenda ignored

Business Standard has published an obituary of VHP's former president Ashok Singhal who died on Tuesday.

This obituary is a classic case of how Indian main stream journalism tries to suppress facts and ignores the 'crimes' of Hindutva hardliners. 

This obituary titled, 'Hindutva warrior Ashok Singhal passes away', written by Archis Mohan never mentions for once the hate speeches by Singhal that vitiated communal atmosphere in India.

Neither does Mohan wrote a word about VHP getting banned after December 6, 1992 and about the case against Singhal in Babri Masjid demolition. As part of the first batch of Hindutva proponents, Singhal was an extremist who instilled persecution complex among the majority community. 

The communal hatred which Singhal and his contemporaries spread, did incalculable harm to India, and affects its secular fabric. Perhaps, journalists whose hearts beats for Hindu rashtra, can write such an obituary that completely ignores Singhal's follies and his attempt to divide India on communal lines. 

But Business Standard is not alone, other papers too ignored how Singhal had divided Indian public on communal lines and consistently targeted the minorities. Other English papers were equally soft towards Singhal.

Indian Express' Shyamlal Yadav wrote an equally one-sided obituary titled, 'The importance of being Ashok Singhal', and this report too has not a single mention of Singhal's hate speeches and his involvement in demolition of the Babri Masjid.

While Hindi papers mostly carried positive reports, this Business Standard tribute leaves is one of the most interesting cases of how biased and totally one-sided reports can be written in Indian media. Link to the Business Standard obituary.


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Swarajya magazine's caste obsession: Professor's article eulogizes virtues of caste, recalls Manu but forgets caste of 'villains'

Swarajya magazine is quite clear about its editorial policy. The tagline is, 'Read India Right'. It claims to provide right response to the Nehruvian socialism. Fair enough.

There is definitely space for such voices but is 'Caste obsession', the answer to Nehruvian socialism?

EditIndia hasn't focused much on caste before, but this article on the magazine's website, which is being widely shared, made us sit up.

The article, 'How we killed the Kaoboys', tells the story of how Janata Party government led by the then PM Morarji Desai, had spoiled RAW plan to target Pakistan's nuclear programme.

This is a well-known story but it can be told again and again, no harm. However, the first few lines of the article set the tone for it. The eulogy for R&AW founder, comes in the second sentence. Now read this...

Kao is a name that’s known the world over—the secret world of espionage. R.N. Kao was the man anointed as independent India’s spymaster to bell the international cat. This shrewd, sharp and surprisingly shy Kashmiri Brahmin (Ramji to his friends; Kao to his foes; R.N stood for Rameshwar Nath)...

Now, just see the emphasis on the fact that Kao was a Kashmiri Brahmin. What's the need to mention the caste? Nehru is ideologically their opponent, so his caste is not described (which every one knows). In fact, it tells that Kao was so sharp, that Nehru had to handpick him.

Anyway, go further. The author, Mallika Nawal, who is described as, "a professor-cum-author, about to complete her doctorate in marketing from IIT Kharagpur", goes on to quote none other than Manu, the 'man' who created the most despicable varna system in the world.


According to the Laws of Manu, “the king—with the help of spies—must collect intelligence pertaining to his own kingdom as well as enemy kingdoms’....[then Chanakya is quoted]...

The article doesn't tell you Morarji Desai's caste. After all, the article portrays him as the villain of the country. So when Kao went on to demolish Pakistan's nuclear programme (no he didn't, still, there is need to put  him on higher pedestal and describe his Brahmin qualities), can be eulogised for his caste, why not talk of Desai.

Call him, a Gujarati Brahmin (or whatever you wish to call him) who screwed up? No, there is not a word about his caste. It doesn't even tell us how Janata Party government was propped up by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the supremacist Brahmins' brains.

That's the 'caste-less', modern, society and the thinking 'Swarajya' magazine and its authors, put forward. If the author didn't find anything wrong, at least, the editors or sub-editors could have rectified it, but no one seems to have a problem with this casteist bull-shit.

Perhaps, the writer and the sub-editors didn't even find anything wrong with it. That's how 'caste' is, deeply engrained within you. Those claiming to be against the caste system and as 'anti-caste' are the most ardent casteists themselves.

[Screenshots saved, in case they change the lines later]

*About Swarajya magazine and their editorial policy Link and Link 


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