There has been a spurt of opinion pieces, op-eds, columns, blogs in recent days in Bharat’s mass media expressing ‘pain’ over the situation in Kashmir, subtly eulogizing the slain terrorist Burhan Wani, projecting the Government’s response to violent protests as ‘lethal’, and presenting a referendum as the only feasible solution to the Kashmir situation.
One such ill-informed piece appeared as a blog on Times Of India’s online platform, by the self-professed socialite, model, ‘journalist’, and ‘one of India’s most popular writers’ Shobhaa De. Titled ‘Burhan Wani is dead but he’ll live on till we find out what Kashmir really wants‘, the piece ends with the below line –
“Let’s see if the present government has the guts to go ahead with a referendum to resolve the Kashmir crisis once and for all”
Appalled by the lack of knowledge of the on-ground situation, a Kashmiri Hindu has replied to Shobhaa De’s blog with the below YouTube video –
It is this kind of ownership & passion that ordinary Hindus and citizens of Bharat have to show to counter the half-baked, misinformed, illogical, and often outright malicious commentary that passes as intelligent opinion in the public discourse of our country. The above video nails it when it says that all talk of a referendum means giving in to the toxic Sunni extremism that has engulfed Kashmir valley and is holding the rest of the 60% of J&K’s population to ransom.
Another piece on DailyO, an online opinion and commentary platform of the IndiaToday group, has published another article in the same vein as Shobhaa De. This one presents an imaginary conversation between Narendra Modi and outgoing British PM Cameron – it mocks the entire political leadership of Bharat right from Independence at failing to conduct a referendum in Kashmir (not a word about the illegal Pakistani invasion and annexation of PoK, or the Islamist nature of the Kashmir ‘azaadi’ movement), and even goes on to compare the proposed plan to resettle Kashmiri Hindus (who were brutally forced into exile in 1989-90) in the valley with the Israeli Jewish settlements in Palestine!
This quote of Roman thinker Marcus Tullius Cicero is apt for the current situation in Bharat –
“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”
Right now, we have a dangerous mix of traitors, self-servers, and fools that dominate our polity. Countering their lies and propaganda is the duty of every right-thinking citizen of Bharat.