The recent outbreak of violence in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu over the decades old Cauvery water dispute is being used by certain eminent journalists to peddle their propaganda for separatist jihadi forces. The time-tested tactic being used : false equivalence, i.e. a logical fallacy which describes situations where there is a logical and apparent equivalence, but when in fact there is none.
The argument goes that the State employed harsh measures like use of pellet gun to control the protests raging for over 2 months in the Kashmir valley after terrorist Burhan Wani was shot dead on July 8; whereas the anti-socials who are currently burning buses and attacking civilians of the other community in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have been dealt with more leniently. Another argument is that the citizens in rest of Bharat were quick to condemn the protesters in Kashmir as anti-national, whereas the reaction to current events in Karnataka/TN and even the Jat riots previously in Harayana was milder.
I suppose there’s need to send along some pellet guns to #Bengaluru now. This is awful anarchy
— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) September 12, 2016
Compare public reaction to ‘Bus Burners’ in Bangalore ( Before that arsonists in Haryana) to ‘Stone Pelters’ in Kashmir. Tells you something
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) September 12, 2016
The underlying message these eminent journalists are giving is addressed to two different audiences
1.) To Kashmiris: “Dear Kashmiri Sunni Muslims of the valley, we understand how the State of Bharat discriminates against you.”
2.) To rest of Bharat: “Dear Hindu citizens, this shows how the State of Bharat & its law enforcement institutions are biased towards Hindus…also, there is a hidden Hindu majoritarian within each of you which you should be ashamed of'”
Just one response from an ordinary citizen on social media was enough to destroy this false equivalence which these eminent journalists are trying to create –
@BDUTT buses burnt were private property. Stone pelters were against police. When people attacked police van in KA, they were shot dead.
— Vasu (@vasudevan_k) September 12, 2016
To ensure that every citizen is well informed to counter this malicious propaganda which will surely be repeated by #AdarshLiberals, here are the basic differences between the outbreak of violence over Cauvery water, Harayana rioting, and Kashmir protests:
1.) No citizen is supporting Haryana Jat agitation & Cauvery related violence – it is being roundly condemned by one and all on social media. But the violence in Kashmir is of a different level altogether and directed against the state of Bharat – the ‘stone pelters’ of Kashmir want to break away from Bharat and they openly refer to our security forces as ‘Indian dogs’ and chant ‘Bharat tere tukde honge‘ (Bharat, you will be broken into pieces). No self-respecting citizen of Bharat will have any empathy for such elements.
2.) The issue in Haryana and Karnataka/TN is between two communities & a fight for resources – Jats vs non-Jats, Kannadigas vs Tamils. The anti-socials in these states are not asking to separate from Bharat and hence their chief target is not police, Army etc. Like @vasudevan_k pointed out, when people attacked a police van or openly defied prohibitory orders, they were dealt with firmly. Army was called out with ‘shoot at sight’ orders in 8 districts during the Haryana Jat agitation which lasted 10 days – these protests were clearly incited by Congress strongman and ex-CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda, and 30 people were killed with at least 8 rioters being shot dead by security forces in Jhajjhar district alone.
3.) Kashmir valley is a disturbed area where AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Power Act) is in force for the last 26 years. Cross-border and home grown Islamist terror is an omnipresent threat in Kashmir. The valley has seen a series of violent protests over the last decade – and each of these protests usually last for months.
- 2008 – protests over land transfer to Amarnath Shrine Board lasted over 3 months and claimed 42 lives.
- 2010 – protests over a fake encounter and Quran buring in US lasted over 4 months and resulted in 110 deaths.
Police used rubber bullets along with live ammunition during the 2010 unrest, and the high casualty count led to a call for “non-lethal, yet effective and more focussed” crowd control measures to deal with public agitations. One of the measures that was adopted going forward was the use of the pellet gun – this pellet gun is used by J&K police and para-military forces, not the Army. This is what the the J&K government spokesperson and Education Minister Nayeem Akhtar said recently “We disapprove of it (the pellet gun)… but we will have to persist with this necessary evil till we find a (better) non lethal alternative”.
4.) Not a week goes by when security forces do not sacrifice their lives for the nation in Kashmir. Since 1988 when Islamic terrorism first reared its head in Kashmir, 6231 security personnel have sacrificed their lives there. 4021 security personnel were injured in the 2010 unrest, and over 4000 securitymen have been injured in the current protests too. Nowadays, forces are attacked by grenade-lobbing terrorists hiding behind ‘stone pelters’. This video is an example of what our security forces face in Kashmir –
The reality is that the masterminds of Kashmiri ‘protests’ i.e. the Hurriyat leaders like Geelani, Mirwaiz Farooq etc and their backers in Pakistan have been dealt with kid gloves by the State of Bharat, and unfortunately even the present Government has continued with this policy.
If journalists like Barkha Dutt and Shekhar Gupta had even a shred of integrity they would be comparing the hands-on reaction of police/Army towards controlling mob violence by Hindus in Haryana and Karnataka to the weak-kneed, gutless reaction to the 2012 Azad Maidan violence unelashed by 40,000 Muslims injuring 45 police personnel (with 5 policewomen being molested), the 2015 Ambur TN violence by Muslims where 42 police personnel (including women) were injured and the frequent rampages by radical Islamists in West Bengal and UP.
While compromised journalists like Dutt and Gupta want to induce self-loathing in Hindus & paint the polity of Bharat as inherently pro-Hindu , the reality is that prevailing idea of secularism and minority vote-bank politics means our State is easily cowed down by Muslim violence and employs correct use of force far better against Hindu mobs.