An individual can both reward Mahatma Gandhi or can hail Nathu Ram Godse. One can criticize Gandhi and also can discover Godse’s act abominable however praising each or maintaining each on aspect appears unthinkable. However then, politics is the artwork of constructing unimaginable attainable and reconciling contradictions. The BJP and Sangh Parivar within the final over six years epitomize this reconciliation of contradictions. The Prime Minister and different prime BJP leaders pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi however some BJP leaders and scores of supporters – each of the ruling get together and the Sangh Parivar and each off-line and on-line – frequently hail Godse and guarantee Godse’s identify and reward development on Twitter on Gandhi Jayanti itself. Apparently, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat lately launched a ebook on the ‘Hindu patriot’ Mahatma Gandhi, who was assassinated by one other ‘Hindu patriot’.
One thing related seems to be taking place with the farmers’ agitation and extra particularly the Sikh consider it. However the truth that the farmer unions are being largely managed by Left or ultra-left teams, the agitation is being recognized with Sikh face and its ethos whilst farmers from Haryana, Western UP are additionally collaborating enthusiastically and people from different states are talking up in help. Even Punjabis, chopping throughout religions, communities and professions, are supporting the agitation. Visible illustration of the farmers’ motion can be of Sikh farmer/s going through police lathis & water cannons, protesting or serving langar. Predominant participation is of Sikh farmers from Punjab and the neighborhood from throughout the nation and diaspora is figuring out with these sitting at Delhi border.
BJP’s propaganda equipment – from its IT cell to “dedicated” TV anchors – initially tried to model the protesting farmers as Khalistanis or insinuated that the latter are guiding the protest. This branding began from BJP IT cell head Amit Malviya who first pointed at “radical components” within the farmers’ agitation on November 27 after which straight wrote, “However now that the Khalistanis and Maoists have stepped in to oppose” BJP chief Tajinderpal Singh Bagga additionally talked about the “Okay” phrase in his tweet on November 27 itself as he tried to discredit the farmers’ agitation.
Whereas Malviya may nonetheless be thought of considerably cautious in selecting the width of his black brush, there was no such requirement for scores of dedicated Twitterati who comply with him, Fb customers after which the TV anchors who went all out to unleash propaganda of calling the protesters Khalistanis or as drivers of this agitation.
For some ‘firebrand’ netizens, this grew to become an event to remind “the lesson” of 1984 to the Sikhs. They chipped in with all types of pejoratives for Sikhs and all types of ‘theses’ in opposition to the neighborhood members. A Punjab resident, from ‘cow belt’, additionally gleefully reminded in his Fb submit of what had occurred on the streets of Delhi in November 1984, which was endorsed by a number of others. Nevertheless, he didn’t take time in apologizing in abject phrases after Punjabi netizens tracked him and alerted Punjab Police about his “problematic” submit and shared it extensively.
The propaganda ‘solely in opposition to’ Khalistanis had began turning into propaganda in opposition to the whole neighborhood. After all, when you unleash propaganda a couple of neighborhood, it could possibly’t stay managed particularly when the masked troopers of the digital world stay charged with ‘josh.’
On November 30, data and broadcasting minister Parkash Javadekar and minister for civil aviation and housing and concrete affairs Hardeep Singh Puri launched a ebook, “PM Modi And His Authorities’s Particular Relationship With Sikhs” in Punjabi, Hindi and English. The federal government additionally ensured that it reached most Sikhs and was despatched to round two crore individuals on e-mail and Indian missions overseas additionally despatched it to Punjabi and Sikh NRIs.
Across the identical time, Fb posts by identified sympathizers of the ruling dispensation on the Centre additionally began showing with posts recalling wonderful historical past of Sikhs and the way their relationship with Hindus was essential and so they began advising individuals to distinguish between the overall Sikh neighborhood and “some Khalistanis.”
Then got here Human Rights Day on December 10. As organizers of the farmers’ protest at Tikri border held photos of intellectuals and activists, branded “city naxals” and demanded their launch, the ruling get together’s supporters discovered one other alternative and propaganda took a pointy Left flip. At least railway minister Piyush Goyal alleged that Maoists and anti-national components had hijacked the farmers’ protest. Most TV channels additionally claimed so and omitted an vital level, apparently intentionally, that the photographs had been displayed at a protest web site by one union solely whereas round 30 different unions collectively holding the fort at Singhu border didn’t elevate the demand regardless that a number of of them are additionally from the Left spectrum.
Realizing the damaging affect on the collective Sikh psyche, which was clear from the way in which the neighborhood reacted to the narratives, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Gurdwara Rakab Ganj on December 20. It may very well be seen as a message to the neighborhood that he wished to have peace with them, although his critics learn it in any other case. Sources inside the Sangh Parivar additionally spotlight critical concern about antagonizing the Sikhs.
Nevertheless, the propaganda continued after which got here some nursing feedback from defence minister Rajnath Singh on December 30, simply earlier than the sixth spherical of talks between the federal government and the unions. Describing farmers as ‘annadatas,’ he regretted using labels corresponding to ‘Khalistanis or Naxals for them.
What was extra noticeable, although he was not requested concerning the Sikhs Rajnath made it a degree to particularly eulogize the neighborhood and talked about their contributions and sacrifices to avoid wasting the ‘sanskriti’ and shallowness of the nation. Rajnath was not talking only for himself, apparently this realization had dawned on others within the authorities, get together and the Parivar. This was seen as a injury management train.
What Rajnath mentioned ought to have been the final phrase on the problem. Nevertheless, explanations about “asal khel” (actual sport) behind the farmers’ motion described because the agenda of Khalistan and Naxalites, proceed to do the rounds.
There may be nothing new on this ‘harm and nurse’ coverage. With the opening of Kartarpur Hall, the Union authorities took credit score, rightly so, however damaging propaganda was additionally unleashed with all types of conspiracy theories. The combo grew to become murkier with Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s feedback and apprehensions. His police chief, DGP Dinkar Gupta’s remarks, which he later withdrew, too highlighted the duality within the authorities quarters over the hall – to say credit score and on the identical time try to discredit.
When the farmers’ agitation was in full steam in Punjab, in October all Indian embassies and consulates internationally began in search of and accumulating particulars of the Sikh diaspora of their areas, significantly within the international locations the place presence of the Sikh neighborhood is substantial. This was revealed when an e-mail from the workplace of the Consul-Normal of India in Hamburg, Germany, in search of particulars of the Sikh diaspora within the nation grew to become public. Nevertheless, when the problem got here out within the public area, the ministry of exterior affairs (MEA) claimed the gathering of the information was a “attain out effort worldwide” to assist the Sikh neighborhood as there have been complaints of persecution of the Sikh minorities in some international locations. Not less than none among the many Sikhs, who had been purported to be the recipients of this benevolence, believed this clarification.
Now Info and Broadcasting ministry has launched revised version of the booklet ‘PM Modi and his authorities’s relationship with Sikhs’, after including extra chapters to it.
After pursuing harm and nurse coverage can now there be a revision on this twin method too, making it easy and straight and what has been expressed in letters within the books is proven in spirit additionally?
Views expressed above are the writer’s personal.
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