Sukma has unhinged many ‘intellectuals’

Prior to the massacre of twenty-five members of the Central Reserve Police Force in Sukma, Chattisgarh, by the Naxal terroirsts on April 24, 2017, there have been other such attacks before – the most sensational one was in 2010, when 75 jawans of the CRPF were massacred.  At that time, this act of terrorism was celebrated by the ultra-leftists that dominate the vocal body of students at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, supported by some faculty who have nurtured the ideology of the Naxalites and passed it on to some of the students.  For most of the left-liberals, the event did not get much attention beyond the usual mouthing of concern at violence, and allowing the massacre to be forgotten at the level of the mainstream media.

However, the government of the day could not allow the event to be treated as just another day in the office, and The Pioneer carried the following in a report:

“Chidambaram also came down heavily on the sympathisers of Maoists for providing intellectual and material support.  In a strongly worded statement, he blamed the organisations and intellectuals who advocate for Maoists and urged them to condemn the heinous killings.   “I would like to hear the voices of condemnation of those who have, erroneously, extended intellectual and material support to the CPI(Maoist).  It is only if the whole country rejects the preposterous theses of the Maoists and condemns the so-called ‘armed liberation struggle’, then only we can put an end to the menace of Naxalism and bring development and progress to the people in the conflict zones,” said Chidambaram.  “Every attack of this kind exposes the true nature and character of the CPI(Maoist).  Their goal is to seize power.  Their weapon is violence.  No organisation or group in a democratic republic has the right to take to violence to overpower the established legal authority.  Unfortunately, this simple truth has escaped a number of well-meaning organisations that find ‘legitimacy’ in the armed liberation struggle carried on by the CPI(Maoist),” added the Home Minister.”

Source: Pioneer News Service, “Under-preparedness did cops in: Centre”, The Pioneer, February 17, 2010.

Other English media carried this item only to criticise Chidambaram for having said the truth about the Urban Naxalites.  Of course, social media ensured that the people at large knew what happened.  But, at the time, the political situation was such that MSM thought that they can continue to fool all the people all the time.  Even today, these words of Chidambaram have been forgotten by the gentleman himself – being nice to the Urban Naxalites is a feature of much that goes in the name of intellectualism.

Over the last two decades, things started to change for the MSM in a direction not to their liking.  The social media force was one that had the support of the people at large – people who looked at the nation beyond electoral politics.  It is a relentless force, that even those in the political right, who wish to be nice to the left-liberals, realise that the terms of debate have changed, and that discussions are democratised.  No longer can the left-liberals think that the narrative in Bharat, and the direction it is taking, will be determined by them.  The left-liberals are finding that they are being questioned outside the mainstream – be it the media, the academia, politics, etc.

And this has unhinged them, with Sukma exposing them in public.

I am using the tweets of Shekhar Gupta to make my case of unhinging, and also then using quotes of a few others to reinforce my point.  And I will start with his last one on the subject:

Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) tweeted at 10:22 PM on Wed, Apr 26, 2017:
In 60 years of Indian insurgencies #Sukma is the first time armed policemen killed in action are drawing the same public anger as for Army men
(https://twitter.com/ShekharGupta/status/857276147171606530?s=03)

This was an admission that was forced on Shekharji by the reactions to his earlier tweets.  However, on this tweet, many comments pointed out that the public anger existed all the time – it is just that he and other ‘intellectuals’ have pretended not to notice it.  In this context, it would be pertinent to see his tweet of six weeks before in another terrorist attack in the same area:

Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) tweeted at 7:50 PM on Sat, Mar 11, 2017:
Why is a soldier killed in Kashmir a martyr but in #Sukma just a number? If 12 died in J-K and such pics surfaced, news TV would go to war
(https://twitter.com/ShekharGupta/status/840567994937942018?s=03)

So, until six weeks ago, Shekharji did not (or pretended not to) know the public anger against all types of terrorism, and not just the Islamic variety.

Coming to the tweets right after the terrorist attack had happened.  The first one was:

Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) tweeted at 6:59 PM on Mon, Apr 24, 2017:
Shocking loss in #Sukma. Shd make Narendra Modi review his govt’s dismal internal security record. Kashmir, Maoists & now gaurakshak terror
(https://twitter.com/ShekharGupta/status/856500238743240704?s=03)

Including a mention of the Gaurakshaks is the typical example of monkey balancing that the ‘intellectuals’ indulge in when they are forced to recognise that things are happening which put them on the back foot.  It is also an attempt to trivialise the real terrorist threat that Bharat faces.  Furthermore, bringing in the ‘dismal’ internal security record of the present government is an attempt to shift the focus away from the terrorism.

Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) tweeted at 9:20 AM on Tue, Apr 25, 2017:
Maoist thugs shoot & kill our soldiers. We are taking revenge on a few slogan-shouting JNU idiots. Kahin pe nigahen, Kahin pe nishana https://t.co/piJWjBjVV6
(https://twitter.com/ShekharGupta/status/856717099795742720?s=03)

Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) tweeted at 9:31 AM on Tue, Apr 25, 2017:
Consistent view. Those who shout slogans calling for India’s break-up on campuses ARE idiots. Thankfully, just a few. Like Maoists are thugs https://t.co/YycvPiEBfh
(https://twitter.com/ShekharGupta/status/856719892896071680?s=03)

The relentless Internet Hindus are angry not just at the terrorists, but those amongst the ‘intellectuals’ who rationalise, and often romanticise, the terrorism.  Yet, irrelevant issues have to be brought in, because having moments of sanity is an uncomfortable position.  But when one thinks on the run, one does not know how to think straight.  If the few slogan-shouting JNU students are idiots, does it not make Shekharji’s collegaues in the MSM more idiotic for having given them so much space to spew their hatred?

Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) tweeted at 6:19 PM on Tue, Apr 25, 2017:
3 CMs have finished Maoists: @MamataOfficial in Bengal late YSR & @ncbn in Andhra. Mostly by motivating, equipping & training state police
(https://twitter.com/ShekharGupta/status/856852767020900352?s=03)

And how did they do it?  Unless one assumes that the CRPF jawans in Bastar are deliberately badly trained, the only thing that perhaps the three chief ministers did differently was to sing bhajans to the terrorists so that the hearts of the latter melted.  If so, should not the Urban Naxalites follow the same strategy to get the Naxal terrorists to lay down their guns?

In the past, Shekharji had requested Anupam Kher to lead a march to Bastar to deal with the problem of Naxal terrorism, instead of Anupamji wanting to go to Srinagar where non-Kashmiri students at the National Institute of Technology were attacked by the local Kashmiri Muslims.  So, time for Shekharji to do what he advised Anupamji?

Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) tweeted at 8:48 PM on Tue, Apr 25, 2017:
Digvijaya & NAC’s “root-cause” walas broke Chidambaram’s anti-Naxal move. Naxals paid Cong back by killing VC Shukla. What stops the BJP
(https://twitter.com/ShekharGupta/status/856890142065176576?s=03)

The ‘root-cause’ walas are still around, and they get all sorts of space in the MSM.  And, when Chidambaram’s anti-Naxal moves were being contested by his party colleagues and the unconstitutional super cabinet called the National Advisory Council (NAC), Shekharji was busy inventing a coup, instead of exposing these ‘root-cause’ walas.  But, Shekharji can make amends, and write detailed articles on the subject even today.

He can call Chidamabaram to expand on what he said (quoted above) in 2010 about the Urban Naxalites.  And, perhaps do the TV programmes that he does today, called ‘Off the Cuff’ and ‘Walk the Talk’.  But doing it will mean that he will have to take on his social circle, and he will soon find himself being deserted by them.

Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) tweeted at 11:48 PM on Tue, Apr 25, 2017:
If JNU & its slogans is all there is to India’s problems, borrow a MOAB from Trump & drop it there! Grow up guys, it’s just college politics https://t.co/1fkysv5H7W
(https://twitter.com/ShekharGupta/status/856935472223760384?s=03)

College politics?  It is Shekharji who has to grow up, if he expects that the people at large are utter idiots to accept what he is saying.  The mainstream media has projected that JNU reflects the whole student community all over Bharat.

Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) tweeted at 2:14 PM on Wed, Apr 26, 2017:
Naxals have gone too far. In public opinion they’re terrorists as bad as the jehadis. “Root-causes” chapter is over https://t.co/UQjXosM7kC
(https://twitter.com/ShekharGupta/status/857153363758247936?s=03)

And this tweet is the beginning of the realisation of the public mood.  This tweet was followed by the one that I had first quoted.

From my comments, you will see that Shekharji is going all over the place, instead of remaining focussed.  But, he is not the only one who has become unhinged.  After having her own moment of sanity and calling for a stop to the romancing of the Naxal terrorist in this tweet:

barkha dutt (@BDUTT) tweeted at 11:36 AM on Tue, Apr 25, 2017:
Hope #Sukma finally shuts down the romancing of Naxals as ‘revolutionaries’. New & urgent capacity building needed for red corridor
(https://twitter.com/BDUTT/status/856751139873673216?s=03)

Barkha Dutt goes back to her original self and tweets:

barkha dutt (@BDUTT) tweeted at 0:26 AM on Wed, Apr 26, 2017:
Perhaps Gau-‘rakshaks’ can be sent on #Sukma duty so they can test their ‘protection” skills for real instead of beating up on innocents
(https://twitter.com/BDUTT/status/856944902558564352?s=03)

Why does she not ask those who have romanced the Naxal terrorists to join her and go to Sukma and get them to stop being such bloody killers?  But then such sane thoughts will occur only when one stops being unhinged.

Vikram Chandra of NDTV pretended to be an expert on the Naxal movement, and he tweeted:

Vikram Chandra (@vikramchandra) tweeted at 3:05 PM on Wed, Apr 26, 2017:
50 years ago Naxalbari stood for something ideological and idealistic. Now Naxals act like criminals and terrorists. https://t.co/4rRPwQlAWY
(https://twitter.com/vikramchandra/status/857166163054403585?s=03)

There are enough who commented to this tweet to give sufficient lessons in history to Vikramji.  Furthermore, his channel has been a consistent supporter of the Urban Naxalites, and hence it can be said to be complicit in the terrorism that goes in the name of Left Wing Extremism in Bharat.

And then there is Nidhi Razdan:

Nidhi Razdan (@RazdanNidhi) tweeted at 7:28 PM on Tue, Apr 25, 2017:
Instead of focusing on why our jawans got killed and ensuring they are better equipped, pseudo patriots are busy blaming JNU
(https://twitter.com/RazdanNidhi/status/856870035704475649?s=03)

The Internet Hindus are blaming the whole ecosystem of Urban Naxalites, and not just the JNU.  The latter is highlighted because the supporters of these Urban Naxalites like Nidhiji have been giving prominence to the radical students at JNU who called for azadi of Bastar where Sukma is located.  If Naxal terrorism did not exist, the jawans would not have been at Sukma to give protection to the construction workers who are building roads in the area.  These roads would enable development to reach the tribal areas.  So Nidhiji should focus on the Urban Naxalites instead of attacking those she calls pseudo-patriots.

It is so sad that young and poor people have to be killed to make the ‘intellectuals’ put on their thinking hats.  But, they are so dishonest to the hand that feeds them, that they immediately throw it away.  The Internet Hindus force them to wear it again, and for yet another moment you get a sane message from them.  But, being unhinged, they once again throw the thinking hat away.


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About the Author

Ashok Chowgule
Working President (External), Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bharat.