The trial.

The general public comes to know about the daily issues mainly through the media. The UN human rights committee has recognized that the media plays a significant role in a democratic society. It is the duty of the media to inculcate within the masses with values and beliefs that shall integrate societies.

But in India, everything goes downhill. A new era of media reporting has been ushered in. Media in India has no longer remained an objective and impartial entity which otherwise must provide truthful and objective information to the people, that shall help the masses in forming rational opinions which is sine qua non in a democracy. Rather, huge caches of biased and flawed presentations are routinely aimed at the masses. It is mainly because the levers of power are in the hands of state. The media is monopolistically being controlled and often adjuncted by malicious censorship against those who don’t confirm to their vitriolic propaganda. The daily taming of the mainstream media across India is happening under everyone’s nose. Media in today’s India is clearly serving the state, not the nation, and the dominant elite.

It is in persuarance of the ruling party’s agenda, India is these days witnessing a steady flow of radical nationalists on media channels which confirms the fact that at the moment India is witnessing a cunning but sturdy method of providing experts who say what establishment wants said. Not only this, but the quality coverage has also been designed to score political points. For example, not considering the kind of coverage given to the Kashmir conflict, in the present ongoing farmers agitation 6 farmers were killed during the protests which are blamed on police and CRPF by the farmers but the media channels have already absolved the state machinery from this crime, obviously by citing the official sources.

In a healthy democracy, and not in a farce one, the official sources are overcome or weakened by the highly revered unofficial sources that give dissident views. But this problem has already been cunningly tackled by the Indian media channels by adopting experts, whose reasoning capacity echoes between the two walls of red cheeks and Dalali.

The dissident opinion is being repressed viciously. The media has worn the jingoistic robe which has made them the opinion spindoctors. They do so by taking a set of assumptions supported by the so called experts which reflect their basic idea of the propaganda model and then they feed the people a wide range of debates within that Kafkaesque framework. The framework also includes insults and ridicule for the non-conformists on live shows. The Indian media have institutionalized such low standards. This sort of operational procedure adopted by the media reinforces and authenticates the “set of assumptions” and has so far successfully ingrained in the minds of Indian people and the outcome of which is that people today are saying that it is better to be a cow than being a Muslim or Dalit in India.

This points out that at present, India is facing a citizenship deficit. The Indian state considers some Indians as citizens which are tirelessly being willfully indoctrinated by abusing Indian mainstream media and the rest are treated as subjects who lack all the privileges that are available to the citizens. Additionally, furthering the state agenda, Indian media have started to worship blind nationalism, which has concluded in dividing the Indian people into two categories conformists and non conformists viz. those who accept the ruling parties communal agenda and serves their interests and those who do not, respectively. What seems more intriguing is that the conformist victims are featured prominently and are humanized by moulding the context and details of their stories so that the readers sympathize with them. In contrast, non conformist victims get a slight detail, minimal humanization and meagre space and context that excites and enrages the people.

A good example of “conformist” Indian is the recently Honored Major Gogoi who was decorated with gallantry medal for taking an unarmed innocent Kashmiri as a human shield, which is illegal according to the “laws of land as well as the international laws”. It also exposed the myopic and selective reporting against the non-conformists, since most of the Kashmiris are considered to be so. On one side India has invoked international laws at ICJ in order to protect Kulbhushan Yadav, but on the other side it is shredding the provisions of the same international laws (Geneva Convention) which prohibits using humans as shields irrespective of the nature of the situation. The Indian state and it’s subsidiaries which is it’s media, have sent out a message, loud and clear.

 

All this is being done on the basis of fabrications and biased opinions and when such themes collapse of its own burden, the media channels quietly close the topic and move to the another topic. For example, the GPS chip in new Rs 2000 note and the radioactive ink in it was aired by major news channels in India and later they hid their heads in their tails when it was proved to be a mere imagination. This had made India and it’s media a laughing stock at the international level as well, thereby ruining the image and credibility of both.

It is high time for the Indian media to come out of their A.C. equipped war rooms and introspect if they are being abused by a political party for dessiminating their political agenda at the cost of media’s credibility. The jingoistic mindset is not going to take either the Indian media or the state of India to any heights, rather it is and will keep deterring the interests of India at home and aboard, equally; which is rightly noted by Mr. Markanday Katju that many people in India and abroad have been saying that Indian media have become irresponsible and wayward, and needs to be reined in.

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The Vale Echoes Elections


Our fingers gripped by the shadow of guns and chaos. The concept of “free will” has been pushed to the dark corner of the mind and heart by fear and hatred, equally. We gaze at each other with a suspicious eye and before saying a word publicly we pass it through a thousand security checks points in our minds. We have been hypnotized by the pendulum of development. A belief has been inscribed in our hearts that we are free but in real it is forced subjugation. We are dead while we live. Yes! I am talking of Kashmir. The virgin land that has become a divorced land even before an affair, and no one asks her what she wants. Yes! Kashmir has become a cruel joke and the politicians are its stand up comedians. And Kashmiris are the spectators that are paying.


There is a notion propagated by the Indian media and its politicians that the election in Kashmir is a clear and loud message that they want to be with India. The high voter turnout is being portrayed as allegiance to the India. The recent statement by India, a UN member, at United Nations about elections in Kashmir is a desperate attempt by them to humiliate the United Nations. United Nations in its several resolutions has cleared their stand about the elections in Kashmir by stating that election is a non issue and if Kashmir witnesses a 100% voter turnout it will not deter the freedom struggle of Kashmiris. The world is well aware of the Indian propaganda and policies. But the people of Jammu and Kashmir are stuck in a maze of development, which they vote for. It is just a trap laid by India for Kashmiris to woo them towards elections and they fall prey to this lone illusion. Peace and freedom are sine qua non of development. Kashmir will never get developed until it attains freedom. If Kashmir gets developed then India will have no other illusion to woo the people of Kashmir towards elections. But still India claims the high voter turn out to be its win. Still if India is so sure that 80% population of Jammu and Kashmir supports them then they must not be afraid of plebiscite that will solve the problem once for all. But they will never wish to do so, and you know why!

                   India stresses hard on peaceful resolution and says that it is ready to talk with Pakistan about Kashmir issue. India sings the slogan “Let us give peace a chance” at all international forums but when Kashmiris give “peace” a chance they sing a different slogan. Here in Kashmir they portray elections as peace and peace as allegiance to the Union of India and label them as pro-Indians, while rest are labeled as separatists. Leaving aside the cunning policies and propaganda of India, participation in elections in Kashmir is in no way a referendum for Kashmir issue. Had the custom been so, then India would still have been a British slave state as slave Indians of British India actively participated in elections under the British charter.

Being leaderless is like being a limp and India has successfully done so with Kashmir. It is not just the India that has failed us but it is our own people also who get mandate from people as their representatives. We have separatist lobby that has tried from past more than a decade to make people aware of the intentions and policies of India but have failed to so and thus be sailing in the same boat of “failure” with the mainstream politicians. They are more or less responsible for the hype that has been given to the elections or voting, unnecessarily. They have turned a non-issue thing into an issue. Recently Scotland was given a chance to decide their future through referendum, inspite of that the Scots used to vote under English laws. Kashmir is filled with politicians but what we need is leaders be it separatist leaders or mainstream leaders that shall represent the real Kashmiri.

In Cold Blood: The Amityville Horror.

Custodial killings and fake encounters, these two phrases are nothing new to the ears of Kashmiri people. From past, almost a decade Kashmiri people have been rendered open victims to the human rights abuses. Each and every category of humans has faced the dreary approach of Indian security forces. From six year old kid to a fifty year old woman, no one has been spared. Not only a kid has been orphaned, not only a women has been widowed, not only a son has been snatched from her mother but besides these abuses the domiciles of the spared, have been gutted down.

This is a not ending story, where nothing is fictitious, each and every story resembles to each others’ story, but surely not coincidental. Such incidents, if expressed will fill up a whole library and at the end the story will remain untold.

Killing a common civilian has become a custom for them, but something new happened in the history of such customs. A pro-political party enchanter was killed by them. And this time it was not for any relation with militancy or any such thing. This time it was their own promoter, who was killed for money laundering allegations.

mohd. yousuf(deceased)

Syed Mohd. Yousuf, the deceased was a notional conference party worker for past many years. He had been a close associate of the party patron dr. farooq and C.M j&k sheikh Omar, as per a statement and photographs produced by the deceased person’s son.

As per the allegations, it is being said that syed yousuf had fixed a deal with other two party workers as remarked by one of the eye witnesses, Mohd. Yousuf Bhatt, “it is a fact that I paid money to syed yousuf for MLC seat but I can’t say it was either for Dr. Farooq or sheikh Omar”. But in an interview, before mohd. Yousuf Bhatt’s statement, another eye witness Salam Reshi directly alleged that he had given money on behalf of Dr. Farooq and Omar. Now the question arises

1)      why the statement of the two eye witnesses do not match?

2)       Has the second eye witness’s statement been influenced by pressurizing him?

In an interview Omar said, “I knew about the matter two months back but I forgot”. How true! How can you remember state affairs when you are busy in vocational tours, every day? The two statements when analyzed do not add up. My question to the CM is,” if it was a case of corruption, then why was this trio called to your private chamber at Gupkar? Besides handing them over to the police, immediately. Now on reply to this CM will say that it was a party matter. Had it been a party matter, then it needed to be discussed with all the senior leaders of the party. But the fact is not so! This is the first point where the story gets suspicious.

In a statement given by CM Omar, to Times now correspondent, he said that, “yousuf first denied but latter accepted the payoff”. And it is also being said that syed yousuf wanted to wait till dr. Farooq’s arrival. I say why? And the next moment my inner being replied to the question this way:

1)      Either the matter was fixed in between Dr. Farooq, and the trio, and the deceased wanted to clarify it with the Dr. farooq which enraged CM Omar.

2)      The matter was fixed by the CM alone, and wanted to solve it by his own without the consent of his father and the party patron Dr. Farooq.

syed yousuf(R) and omar abdullah(L)

Now if the first clause is the approximate hit then it is clear that the deceased and Dr. Farooq had close relations. And if the second clause does well, then CM is definitely a crook.

In a statement late Yousuf’s son claimed that IGP crime said, “Yousuf vomited blood when he was being moved out of CM’s residence”. A person vomits blood if he has got any kind of cancer or is physically hurt. As per the health history of the deceased is concerned, he had always been a healthy one. The only option left is that he might had been tortured or had been exposed to some similar acts, which , may be, finally led to cardiac arrest. But soon after this statement by the deceased’s son, IGP claimed that he had not said any such thing to the deceased’s son.

In an attempt to divert the attention of the media, opposition and general public CM tried to mislead everyone by saying that he had already ordered a judicial probe. But soon after this declaration a statement came from registrar general of high court JR Kotwal in which he went, “my office has not received any communication, to be forwarded to the chief justice, from the government on this issue”. Now what will you say on this, CM?

One more tool of the government to mislead everyone was used, that is post mortem report. Everyone do know, in history of such cases no o ne has witnessed a pure and true report from the doctors, as they are also forced by the government agencies to do as directed. So no one believes in either the post mortem report which ‘denied any mark of physical violence and reported that yousuf died of cardiac arrest’, or the judicial probe which will yield nothing justified. As an example is beneath our eyes, the twin rape and murder case of two women in Shopian. The culprits of that incident are still roaming free, even the main culprit Javaid Matoo was promoted from S.P rank to S.S.P rank and then was transferred to Ladakh.

On that day one more suspicious thing happened, all the security officials at the CM’s residence were transferred. On this CM said that it was purely co-incidental. After the incident the duo who are alive, yet, have imprisoned themselves in their own houses. They have not been seen after the after-math of this incident. Now, whether this imprisonment is voluntary or forced is to be found out?

As the CM tries to circumvent the whole issue, but it seems to be all in vain. Truth is inevitable; no one can run away from it. The proximity of truth in this arcane story is immutable. In near future all this will prove to be a conundrum for CM, which will reveal his and his close associates’ espousal in all such matters.

After this feral incident, CM tried to keep mum but after all he had to speak out. He first appeared in an interview on a national news channel NDTV 24*7 in which it seemed that he had done much home work and had prepared to his best in the “days of mum”. In that interview the CM also used slang language many a times, using words like “rubbish” and “crap” for over and over. This depicts his frustration and the state of being lobotomized by the incident. He further said that in previous row he offered his resignation and thus was called as amateur and childish, but on this row he would not do any such act. Thus those who called him “amateur” or “childish” won’t get a second chance. And he also added that on this row he would not lose a single night’s sleep as he had done before.  This shows the drastic shift in moral behavior of j&k’s Chief Minister. In previous row he offered his resignation even he was not involved in the allegations, thus was called as amateur and childish. But today he is alleged to be a culprit and is denying resigning or assigning in-charge-C.M. till the investigation is over. You are still the same, “amateur” and “childish”.

Soon after his appearance on NDTV, he arrived at Times Now port. In that interview with Arnab Goswami his fractiousness increased as the questioner was no Barkha Dutt who had prepared C.M.’s interview for NDTV. In reply to the Arnab’s questions C.M. clearly became effete in replying, thus C.M. started to slide into the fissure of esoteric nature.

On asking a question by Arnab, that “if the deceased was alleged for money laundering then why was not he handed over to police, besides called to your personal residence”? on reply to this question C.M. replied, “this was a party matter, and needed to be solved personally”. But as I have earlier stated had it been a party matter then it needed to be solved with the prominent and senior leaders of the party, but nothing such was done.

By the answer given by the C.M. Arnab was not satisfied, so he asked the same question several times. This lead to the fractiousness, and C.M. replied, “In how many languages do you need to get answered for the single question”. And also said Arnab to end up the show immediately.  As the statement clearly depicts the indigenous nature of the question asked by Arnab? For your general knowledge C.M Omar I would like to tell you that similar to an examination, till a candidate does not answer the questions correctly, he is not allowed to pass to the higher class, so is the case with you.

Sooner or later the day will come when everyone will witness the arrival of metaphysicians in our society who will reject the custom of being pusillanimous and will share the intuitive knowledge of all such incidents with the whole world.

yousuf's son