June 24, 2017

Don’t be Neutral, Be Truthful

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” – Desmond Tutu.

Christian Amanpour, Chief Internal Correspondent for CNN, declared, in one of the shows about crimes against humanity in Aleppo, that she would rather be truthful than be neutral. I wonder if the same benchmark of journalism can be practiced by Indian journalists. Eminent journalists would travel miles to cover atrocities in Syria but would not move to cover barbarism in West Bengal where on Eid-e-Milad triggered incidents of looting, arson by Muslims. Attack on Hindus has become a norm in West Bengal where Muslims have been pampered and allowed to let loose. All’s fair in Secularism.

As long as it suits the narrative, journalists in India won’t be truthful. They would rather draw a moral equivalence. They would quote Godhra or a Dadri to equalize incidents of injustice and barbarism. RSS activists get butchered in God’s Own Country. No one bats an eye lid.  No open letters and no outrage because it suits the so called secular scheme of things.Two wrongs do not make a right. There cannot be a moral equivalence to every situation. This malpractice has to end.

Owaisi gets a free hand to  paint an economic policy decision like Demonetization with  religious brush. Here journalists draw moral equivalence and try to justify the non inclusion of Muslims in banking. I wonder what the so called leaders and champions of Muslims were doing when Jan Dhan Accounts were being opened. It’s time the torch bearers of journalism be truthful and stop being neutral.

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