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Media bias dictates coverage of mob lynching cases

That Bharatiya media harbors a deep-seated hatred for everything Hindu is a known fact. We are also well aware of how the media twists narratives depending on the religion of both victims and accused or where the incident took place. A similar case of media bias was seen recently from The New Indian Express report which turned mob lynching into ‘mob justice’ only because the said incident took place in Kerala where the media’s blue-eyed boys Communists are ruling.

Although, the web version of the article did away with ‘mob justice’, the fact remains that media reports not on the basis of ground realities but guided by their own biases. The New Indian Express (TNIE)doesn’t shy at taking potshots at RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat for saying that lynching is not a Bharatiya concept, the same media house, however, doesn’t bat an eyelid before brushing cases like that of Rahul and Gautam being lynched by Muslim mobs under the carpet.

This kind of biased, one-sided reporting is not limited to TNIE alone but something the Bharatiya media in general and English language media, in particular, is collectively guilty of. In the case of Rahul and Gautam cited above, not only did the English media not even cover the news but we do not as much as know their second names. While a Tabrez Ansari gets international coverage, a Bharat Yadav doesn’t even find a passing mention let alone articles and prime time debates.

Hindi media outlet Aaj Tak which ran a detailed report about lynchings placed the entire blame on cow vigilantes as did the report by Dainik Bhaskar. The international media then duly picks up these reports and gives them an even more Hindudveshi spin equating Jai Shri Ram with murder cries.


Run a simple Google search for “lynching in Bharat” and the lynching of Hindus doesn’t even figure in the first 7 pages. The media has ensured that lynching is made synonymous with Hindu cow vigilantes (just search Google using the words lynching in India). Not that we expect media to be fair and even-handed in their reporting but in Bharat, there is a deliberate attempt to sensationalize lynching reports to present minorities as the sole victims and Hindus as the sole aggressors.

The truth is that Hindus have been victims of hate crimes and brutal lynchings but such cases never catch the eye of Bharatiya media rather the media conveniently chooses to look the other way in cases where Hindus are victims. Several Hindu organizations have raised their voice against lynchings of Hindus with the VHP alleging that crimes against Hindus in Muslim dominated areas of Bharat are on the rise.

Much like the political class securing its minority vote bank, the Hindudveshi Bharatiya media makes sure to craft a narrative of minority victimhood. To ensure that this narrative is maintained, the media intentionally overlooks every case where Hindus are victims.

Cow vigilantism which is a favorite with Bharatiya media is talked of only if the victim is a Muslim. A Hindu man mob lynched in a Muslim dominated area is never newsworthy for Lutyens media. Those who shed copious amounts of tears for Islamist killings abroad don’t even spare a thought for the likes of Kamlesh Tiwari, leave alone maintaining objectivity while covering the news.

At the end of the day, it is their agenda that dictates what media will cover and how will it cover the news. For Bharatiya media, mob lynching is mob lynching in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, or Karnataka but turns into ‘mob justice’ in Kerala or even Bengal, after all, they have a narrative to build and show how Hindu majoritarianism is ruining the “idea of India”.

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