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No sarcasm or humour here.
India’s largest Islamic organization, The Jamiat-Ulama-i-Hind, has come out openly against terrorism in the name of ‘jihad’. Of course, it would be naive to expect any outcome from this, but I see it as a start nonetheless. And if you have already made up your mind to write something in the comments section below, the Andhra government admitted to wrongly arresting 21 Muslim youth in the Hyderabad blasts. More such incidents mentioned at an IBNLive blog. Looking at the rate of conviction, there is surely a problem there. A problem which might even fuel the larger issue. On the subject of tougher terror laws, what use is a bigger gun if you are hitting the wrong targets ? Is it just to create fear in the minds of people who are already fearful ? The ones who have taken the path of terrorism have kind of already gotten rid of fear.
Decoupling the police and the media might help this, as we saw in the Aarushi murder case. The media seriously needs to stop stalking the police when on duty. I don’t mind digging a field full of pits, and providing wrong tips about children falling in them. Self-imposed restraint is supposed to be one of the pillars of free press, but in the age of competitive news, toughler laws might be the only way out.
The most heartening statement I have read in quite some time comes from Maulana Mahmood Madni, a leader of the above organization and a Rajya Sabha MP on the recent ‘Hindu terrorism’ :
“For the last so many years, when terrorism has been linked to Islam to malign Muslims, we have been opposing the association strongly. How now can we resort to a similar tactic and blame another community for terrorism?”
I admire him just for consistency of view, sorely missing all around, in every political party, every religious organization and in most individuals who click on a “Comments” button.
P.S. : Keep the comments civil in case you want a discussion on this topic.
A few lines from yesterday’s post read :
But a smart move to be in the news, considering the media is a sucker for anything related to Raj; including what he ate for dinner last night – chappati, vegetables, fruits and a cup of tea. I am rather disappointed that TOI did not report whether his digestive system processed the food well.
Today Swapnil P writes in about this article : Link
Thackeray chose to remain constipated all day rather than use the Indian loo.
and the joke’s on me now ! Never underestimate the media, especially Mumbai Mirror.
P.S. : I am sure there are still farmers committing suicide, Dalits being massacared and Christians being killed somewhere. What more, they don’t even have access to a loo !
So what would you expect in an article with a title :
Just as I had expected, Kalawati gets a buffalo and a house, actually it is just an assurance of getting one from the authorities, probably till the cameras move onto their next story. Most channels are claiming credit for contacting Kalawati and bringing forth her story. But this just page 3 journalism is my honest opinion.