Having completely chocked the valley into a black-hole and denied the oppressed people any access to credible information through local media channels, vernacular press and social media , the Indian establishment has forced the world in general and Kashmiris in particular to rely on one-sided Post Afzal Guru hanging Indian version. Watch the Indian channels and print media, see how brazenly they are beaming out the disinformation and trying to defend the indefensible . but despite having thousands of channels flashing the Goeblain lie in hundreds of languages round the clock, with political class and Indian civil-society (barring a few honorable exceptions) providing the face-lift of the propaganda the Delhi darbar is nervous about the truth leaking down the iron curtains . the black censorship, curfew, siege, concertina wires, bullets and tear gas, jails and torture are the protective dykes Indians have raised to muzzle the voice they don’t want world should lend its ears to. Fixated to what they say ‘national security’ or ‘national interests’ , they want everyone on this planet to look through their colored lenses. call it jackboot strategy or Doctored Perception they want to bribe every soul to legitimize their illegitimate claim on Kashmir .
After raising a sustained vilification campaign and conducting media trial against Muhamad Afzal guru and having him murdered through ‘three layered judicial scrutiny-trial court, high court and supreme court ‘-(a phrase borrowed from Indian Broadcasting minister , Manesh Tiwari), the Indian media is not yet off the Tandava natch mood. It keeps on etching the fantasies in the memory cells of gullible Indians.
But the trishul dharees (trident wearers) sitting at the media houses and defending the political murder, they have complicity that nakedly-and simultaneously billing themselves as the champions of freedom of expression-are completely silent on how entire valley has been corralled in a prison. For one week there was no relaxation in curfew . people were facing acute shortage of food, milk, life-saving drugs. The mysterious circumstances and secrecy Indian establishment maintained in killing guru in Tihar jail with imposing curfew in the wee hours of 9 February , did not give a slim chance to the people to collect even a day’s basics. All the pro-movement leaders were either detained in their houses or whisked nearby thanas.
What a democracy! Even the Indian constitutional right of providing the opportunity to the convict to have a last glimpse of his close relatives has been violated. Look at the bizarre manner of informing Guru family about the execution through the speed post and lo and behold it reached here Doabaghah, Sopore on 11th February at 11.02 am! This is the time of internet and they communicating in 19th century communication mode! The relatives are now persistently demanding the body of the slain Guru so that he may be given a funeral in accordance with the Islamic teachings, a right they are entitled to. Indians have rejected this demand , a glaring-manifestation of imperialistic hangover. Instead they ‘will consider’ if relatives want to come Tihar to see the grave and offer Fateh! This is how they sprinkle salt into the gushing wounds of enslaved Kashmiris. Muhamad Afzals family has already rejected Delhi’s demand of visiting his grave to offer fateh. They are along with entire Kashmiris demanding return of his body.
Does not showing solidarity with the relatives of the deceased and mourn the dead’ match the ‘comforts of Indian democracy’? come Kashmir, everything wears opposite to constitutional interpretation. It is double-speak and double-thought that George Orwell has predicted decades before . only a weak before, the three girls’ Rock Band has triggered a storm in the corridors of media houses in Delhi. Condemning ‘conservative’ Kashmiri society, the anchors and panelists won’t reconcile on anything less than complete freedom of expression even if it would be aping Western Culture and inciting vulgarity. Here the same freedom is throttled and not a single person from mighty Indian media , its press Council , its Gild its liberty society, is smitten in conscience to register a feeble protest against how fundamental rights of people in Kashmir are being trampled down shamelessly. The callous insensitivity they have followed exposes the stink of their double-standard. Indians are a typical breed, one moment champions, another villains. They are in the grip of an incurable disease ‘kashmiro phobia’ .
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