Raising Slogans is not a Terrorist Conspiracy: Stop the vilification of Umar Khalid

The Delhi police and the Home Ministry are now turning some stray slogans into an international terror conspiracy. No less than the Home Minister cited a tweet from a parody twitter handle as proof that JNU students had the support of Hafiz Saeed. It was a suggestion most foolish. But then, allegedly “in national interest” the Delhi Police broadcast a message to students and JNU and elsewhere not “to get carried away by such seditious and anti-national rhetoric”. The tweet has been confirmed to be fake – though our great sleuths of the Delhi Police for reasons of incompetence or otherwise, have yet been unable to track down those responsible for creating that account. The Home Ministry is yet to issue an explanation for misleading the country on this.

As the movement demanding the release of Kanhaiya gathers political momentum, the government, the police and the media must have decided that it is safer to stick to the old, tried and tested formula, which has rarely failed them. The formula of the Muslim Terrorist. Thus, Umar Khalid: religious bigot, Jihadi, Hindu hater, anti-national.

Since when traveling to Pakistan became a crime?
Since when did traveling to Pakistan became a crime?

The campaign is clearly concerted and directed from above – for how could most TV channels launch the hunt for Umar Khalid almost in unison. Spurious news stories about Khalid’s Jaish links, his Kashmiri roots, Pakistani travels – each one of them false – have begun to circulate from 15 February onwards.

“Asli deshdrohi” screamed some headlines; “the intel agencies had identified the mastermind” claimed Rahul Kanwal of India Today TV; Zee News quoted an undisclosed “report” which made the “startling revelation” about Umar Kahlid: that he was one of the key organisers of the event commemorating Afzal and that ten Kashmiris had entered the university two days prior to the event. Another startling revelation was that Khalid had been thinking of organizing this event for the past ten months. News X tweeted madly all day that IB reports confirmed that Umar was a Jaish operative. This report is denied by the Govt, will NewsX apologise?

Mastermind of what precisely, dear Rahul Kanwal? Of an open meeting announced through posters everywhere? The names of the organizers were given on the posters. Did it need the intelligence agencies to investigate that? Or for you to announce it hysterically on your twitter account?

Dear Zee News, has Kashmir been declared a separate country, for Kashmiri students to need to go through immigration to visit JNU? How do Kashmiri students “infiltrate” a university in Delhi?

The security agencies denied any JeM link, but the media is furring sensational stories. Will they apologise?
The security agencies denied any JeM link, but the media is furring sensational stories. Will they apologise?

Does Mr. Sudheer Chaudhary have any idea about the number of public meetings held at JNU every week? If one meeting took ten months to plan, the students’ organizations in JNU would become defunct. Now that even the Home Ministry has denied the existence of any IB report which claimed Jaish links for Umar, will News X apologize? Or at the least, remove the malicious and false report from its website.

One could list these idiocies and have a good laugh were it not for the real threat of violence, which these news channels are stoking. The ABP news’ incendiary report claiming that Umar put up pictures of naked Hindu gods and goddesses is an open call to lynch him.

The press is claiming that Umar has absconded. “Why isn’t he coming forward to face the consequences”, holier than thou anchors are hyperventilating. Absconded from what? The FIR remains unnamed, so why should Umar present himself to the court of the TV channels? What is the interest of these channels in running visuals of this young man on spool through the day?

Some time later, when this season of vigilantism would have passed, when Arnab Goswami and Sudhir Chaudhry would have moved on to their next prey, when the courts would have thrown out the charges against Kanhaiya and others unnamed, perhaps we will be able to understand how heavy duty words like ‘NIA’, ‘Special Cell’, ‘Intel agencies’, ‘inputs’, ‘Pakistan’, ‘Kashmir’ are required to sustain a terror charge. How the TV hysteria being orchestrated in this deliberate manner is crucial in the early stages of all terror cases.

For most often in such cases, there is little else but hype, hysteria and a Muslim.

Arnab Nationalism

 

  • Girish

    Freedom comes with responcibilities. Will america ( the most free country) or any other country allow protest against Osama killing? We must have respect for law and order. Id supreme court gave deth sentence to a criminal, we must respect it. We must not side one way or other when comes to freedom! Have we forgotten when some politicians said Zinha was secular?? What happened to freedom of speech then?? When one citizen shouts slogan to distruct the very soil he is standing on can be called treason or violance but not freedom of speech!!!

    • Amit

      Just to respond to your point about America:

      “Around 1968 in response to various protests and regular burning and
      desecration of the American flag in demonstrations against the Vietnam
      War, 48 of the 50 U.S. states had enacted flag protection laws. These
      set of laws made it a criminal offence for any one to desecrate national
      symbols in any demonstration.

      After this enactment, Mr Johnson, an anti-war demonstrator in one of
      his demonstrations poured kerosene on the American flag and set it on
      fire. During the burning of the flag, demonstrators shouted phrases as,
      “America, the red, white, and blue, we spit on you, you stand for
      plunder, you will go under,”. The Texas
      cops arrested Mr Johnson under the flag protection law. The case
      went up to the US Supreme Court as Mr Johnson claimed protection under
      the first amendment that guaranteed free speech. In the path
      breaking decision, all the 48 statutes and flag protection laws were
      over turned in one stroke by the Supreme Court of the United States in
      the case Texas vs Johnson as unconstitutional restrictions of public
      expression.

      The Congress now responded with vengeance to the
      Johnson decision by passing a new Flag Protection Act, only to see the
      Supreme Court strike it down again and reaffirm the Johnson’s case in
      United States vs Eichman, declaring that flag burning was
      constitutionally-protected free speech.

      The court said
      “Recognizing that the right to differ is the centerpiece of our First
      Amendment freedoms, a government cannot mandate by fiat a feeling of
      unity in its citizens. Therefore that very same government cannot carve
      out a symbol of unity and prescribe a set of approved messages to be
      associated with that symbol.”

      Justice Kennedy put it more
      poignantly when he said “Though symbols often are what we ourselves make
      of them, the flag is constant in expressing beliefs Americans share,
      beliefs in law and peace and that freedom which sustains the human
      spirit. The case here today forces recognition of the costs to which
      those beliefs commit us. It is poignant but fundamental that the flag
      protects those who hold it in contempt”. Over the years the congress
      and the senate could never alter the first amendment as a result burning
      an American flag remains legal in the US, protected by constitutional
      gaurantee of Free speech.”
      -https://www.facebook.com/imranhussainfca/posts/10153876418748608

    • Rajen

      There was so much protest and rallies against the Vietnam War. In France too . So please do not think that the citizens of those countries are stupid. They cannot be taken for sheep like us. It is also patriotic to tell your government when they are wrong. Students are there to ask questions, not remember like a parrot and repeat whatever is being told.

    • You should look up the Westboro Baptist church and people like Anjem
      Chowdary in the U.K. They have said some of the vilest things one could
      hear about their country and they still freely roam. And it’s nothing
      compared to what Kannayah Kumar allegedly said. The cops still can’t
      throw the folks from the Westboro in to prison simply because they can
      indeed say whatever the hell they want. You know nothing much about the liberal west, do you? You can say whatever the fuck you want and get away with it.

      Secondly, the sedition case on the JNU students is just silly. Just wait
      and see what happens to the case when the court says that they have all
      the right to have done what they allegedly have. Remember, what
      happened to the sedition case against Vaiko when he criticised the govt.
      and talked for the LTTE? The supreme court ruled, he has all the right
      to do so. The only good way forward is through debate and constructive
      arguments and not by comforting ABVP crybabies.

  • prabal

    on your last cartoon : you r trying to say that “if you r not with us, u r an RSS sanghi and a bhakt”

  • Lulun Hgs

    I guess the ‘Nationalist’ Indians by vilifying the protesting students, does not want Kashmir or other parts of this country to be a part of India. And Arnab Goswami, the hypocritic faggot, should abandon his citizenship of the North East and move to whatever part of this country the RSS/BJP/ABVP deem National.
    No wonder this is the state of India; a land of the cowards whose only strength if fighting Dalits everywhere and a small group of students at JNU!

  • Xitiz Pugalia

    No Problems would have re-opened if JNU (U) guys wouldn’t have started blaming MODI…!!!

    If you have anyone better at this point of time for the country, then its fine but if he is the most eligible & capable person at this moment, you shouldn’t stop him from doing whatever good he can…!!!

    If you do so, you’re only trying to stop the country’s progress & that’s why ANTI NATIONAL…!!!