Lucknow which had to bear the brunt of anti CAA violence last month, was up for another shock this Sunday when Uttar Pradesh President of Vishwa Hindu Mahasabha Ranjit Bachchan was shot dead in the Uttar Pradesh capital, by unknown assailants, riding a bike. Ranjit Bachchan’s killing which had a clear communal colour and objective attached to it, was reported by the mainstream media as if it was a freak accident. The outrage factories in the Lutyens’ media went completely silent and no one really condemned how religious hatred was threatening the “idea of India”.
Ranjit Bachchan’s murder followed plain, simple and heartless reporting. However, the Hindu leader was still lucky to find a mention in the media reports, other such victims of anti-Hindu violence are often ignored to the extent of irrelevance.
Take for instance, the case of Neeraj Prajapati, who became a victim of intense anti CAA violence. Prajapati, who was a part of a pro-CAA rally in Congress ruled Jharkhand’s Lohardaga, was hit on his head by an iron rod. Later, he lost consciousness and succumbed to his injuries on January 27. Jharkhand Police has arrested 16 individuals in connection with the mob violence at the pro-CAA rally.
While Prajapati perished to the ferocious attack by the anti-CAA, anti-Hindu mob, 100 other participants were injured in the mob frenzy. Moreover, 24 policemen too sustained injuries in the deadly mob attack.
The mainstream media however simply glossed over the anti-Hindu mob attack in a Congress ruled state. Not many even know about Prajapati who succumbed to injuries sustained in the terrible attack.
The apathy of the mainstream media was visible yet again when clashes broke out between two groups due to an attack on Saraswati Puja idol immersion procession in Bihar’s capital city, Patna. Bombs were reportedly hurled at police personnel and several people, including policemen sustained injuries due to the attack.
The incident has been barely covered by the mainstream media, which is now not only downplaying incidents that don’t suit its narrative, but also glossing over them completely.
It is the same mainstream media which took perfect videos and photos of the Jamia shooting incident. A barrage of media-persons and cameramen had closely followed Ram Gopal, who was waiving his country made pistol, so that they could capture perfect visuals of the incident that would later go into wide circulation, including in Foreign media so as to grant a new lease of life to the anti CAA agitations.
It was the widespread outrage and coverage by the mainstream media that had allowed the left liberal ecosystem to raise the bogey of “Hindu” terror and make a Godse out of the Jamia shooter.
The same enthusiasm was visible yet again when a man had opened fire at the Shaheen Bagh protests, and though the aberrative incidents did not result in any injuries but there was a massive outrage over such incidents.
While these incidents of violence were labelled as terrorism, mob frenzy and mob violence that is actually resulting into deaths is being either downplayed or simply buried under the carpet.
This pattern of mainstream media selectively outraging over only those incidents that suit its narrative is also patent in the recent terror attack in the busy Lal Chowk area of Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, where a grenade was hurled on the CRPF personnel posted at duty near Pratap Chowk in the said area. Two CRPF jawans and seven civilians were injured in the attack.
Only the left liberal ecosystem and the mainstream media can explain why it feels that Jamia and Shaheen Bagh shooting incidents deserve the kind of monumental outrage that they witnessed, but incidents that can be classified as terrorism or mob frenzy in the strict sense of the term do not even grab its attention.
Earlier, the mainstream media narrative and agenda was all about downplaying the incidents of anti-Hindu violence and avoiding outrage over the kind of incidents that didn’t suit their propaganda. But now, such media outlets are simply ignoring such incidents. Victims like Prajapati are therefore not even finding a mention in the larger narrative being pushed by the Lutyens’ media.