- A photo describing how a Constable Netresh Sharma in Rajasthan saved a child from fire is going viral on Social Media
- However, left-liberals are silent about the photo as the identity of Constable Netresh Sharma dies not fit in their narrative
- If Netresh Sharma would herald a different identity, then he would have gotten a nomination for Pulitzer Prize
As they say, A picture is worth more than 1000 words. After the invention of digital photography, this quote does not hold much validity. However, time and again, a picture appears in the public domain which keeps the aforementioned quote afresh in our heads. One such photo of a Police Constable Netresh Sharma has emerged from Karauli which definitely warrants a Pulitzer Prize if the Prize has to protect its legacy.
Netresh Sharma’s bravery
On the occasion of Hindu New Year, Karauli witnessed Islamist-led communal violence. The Police were soon called in to rescue the innocent civilians from the mob. Constable Netresh Sharma was one of them present on the ground. Suddenly, he witnessed a burning infrastructure in which three women and a child were trapped inside.
Without caring for his own life and family, Sharma went inside and successfully brought all four of them outside. His attempt to save the child particularly brought in praises for him. In one photo accidentally clicked by someone, Sharma is seen running away with the baby in hand while the place behind him is burning.
Netizens praise him & slam liberal media
The photo was shared by IPS officer Sukirti Madhav Mishra on Twitter. Sharing the photo, he captioned it, “So proud of constable Netresh Sharma of Rajasthan Police for saving a precious life. This picture is indeed worth a thousand words”
Various Netizens also praised Netresh for his bravery. Rajasthan government announced that they will be fast-tracking Sharma’s promotion to the post of Head Constable.
Meanwhile, some Netizens were not happy with the liberal brigade for ignoring Netresh. People were quick to point out their obvious and glaring double standards.
Leftists sell photos that fit their agendas
What these Netizens pointed out is grounded in reality. The left-liberal spectrum of media which holds a nearly absolute monopoly on information dissemination does not go into the merit of photos (or news for that matter). Instead, this breed of media tycoons looks at the particular religion, caste, and gender of the persons in the photograph and then decide which one to peddle to the public.
Take your memory back to the anti-CAA riots. The media was going gaga over a photo in which a few girls were portrayed resisting Police personnel. If you note it closely, they fit every criterion of the victim category under the left-liberal spectrum. They were Muslims who were wearing Hijab, they were girls, and they belonged to a minority community. Just because they fit in these categories, the media did not think for a whisker before circulating their photos as a sign of resistance.
Similarly, in a recent Hijab controversy, a girl named Muskan Khan was portrayed as a hero for shouting Allah Hu Akbar while standing in front of Hindu boys. This was portrayed as an act of bravery. They totally neglected the fact that she was fully confident about her security as Hindus do not threaten a woman with violence. Muskan is now the poster girl of this controversy.
Danish Siddique was awarded Pulitzer Prize for his lopsided coverage
The above two examples are just glimpses of their partiality. If we look at what Danish Siddique, a clearly partisan photojournalist got for his photographs, these incidents will appear to be just the tip of the iceberg. Danish Siddique was the one who captured the Rohingya exodus from a ‘humanitarian’ angle. His photos promoting ‘Rohingyas are victims’ propaganda was circulated so much by the left-liberals that Siddique went on to win Pulitzer pride.
Similarly, Siddique was widely praised by one-sided media for his photo coverage of the Delhi riots in 2020. Through his photos, the media tried to twist the narrative of a riot as some kind of oppression of Muslims by Hindus. Siddique’s photos were circulated all across the world (and of course India) to paint India and Hindus in a bad light.
While looking at the photos, people do not look for religion, caste, or any other criteria of human identity. They just want to grasp the crux of emotion that the capturer is trying to portray. If the people who have the responsibility of putting out true narratives decide to tamper with their function, it defeats the purpose of photography. Netresh Sharma’s photo deserves praise from every spectrum.