Even if people die on the streets of the country, it gets the colors of communalism. Because the country is ‘New India’. When the government’s irresponsibility and failures were coming to the fore in handling the pandemic crisis in India, including that of the labour crisis, a new story had to be exploded by the “nationalist” media in order to ‘cover up’ the government. The so-called media is always there to help. The media made Tahir Hussein a villain, Delhi police complicity in the Delhi violence and the Modi government’s brazen failure to contain 3-day long targeted attack on Muslims could not become the “Prime Time” shows. This time the victim of this “cover up” is Tablighi Jamaat.
What was wrong with them? Before the lockdown, they had a program on 13th to 15th March. Then many went home when progarmee ended. After the Janta curfew and complete lockdown hundreds of people got stuck in the Nizamuddin markaz. In the language of the media and IT cell of the BJP, you will not find the word ‘stuck’. You know why, because they are Muslims! In their language, they were not ‘stuck’, they were were ‘hiding’ in the markaz. Surprisingly, the same media and political groups are maintaining silence on similar large gatherings at some of the major temples in the country which were attended by followers from abroad as well.
I believe the Tabligi was wrong, that’s why they gathered even after the outbreak of Corona. They had to be careful. But the job of the media is to see everyone in the same angle. You cannot distinguish someone by the religious color.
Media across the country has begun to vomit venom on Tabligi Jamaat, Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz. First, this is a Muslim organization, and secondly the members of the organization had assembled in the mosque. The mosque (masjid) has been a metaphor of the “terrorism”. The media has run episodes of hate and false allegations on the Jamaat. This issue became the weapon to hide the failure of the government. Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari directly said, “The mosque in Nizamuddin area was not actually a gathering, there was a conspiracy to spread the Corona in the country.” Another minister for minority affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the Tablighi Jamaat committed a ‘Talibani crime’ by allowing gatherings at its Nizammudin centre or Markaz in the capital and encouraging members to travel across the country when India was trying to contain the spread of Covid-19.
Arnab Goswami told on his Republic TV, “This is done intentionally and it is an emotionless ruthless plot.” It has been done solely by the intention of spreading coromavirus in the country.
ABP’s Rubika Liaquat (who is already exposed) has also done her duty by targeting Nizamuddin as much as she can. Anjana Om Kashyap, the anchor of ‘Halla Boll’ of ‘Ajtak’, said, ” The marakaz or Tabligh centre has destroyed all”. she said people from sixteen countries came to this gathering. Showing a map of the world, she said, “This is where people came from Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Myanmar, Singapore, Nepal etc. In this regard, Anjana Kashyap is very dramatic and said, ‘The various orders of the government have been blown away,’ ‘social distancing made fun’.
But of course, the best of all was the well-known Arnab Goswami. He said that the Tabligi Jamaat was a deeper conspiracy to spread the corona virus against his country. He added, “Foreign fans of Jamaat break the visa rules and hide in mosques. What do they want in ‘my country’? Why come? What are they plotting in my country? “It is a conspiracy against India that will have to be wiped out efficiently,” he said. NDTV’s Sanket Upadhay made similar comments. However, his language was a little sugar plated.
India TV broadcast a “complete inside story” on the Nizamuddin case. One of the banners it ran during the show was “Corona aaya…Maulana laya”, meaning Maulana brings coronavirus. The show also talked about a “superspreader Maulana” who transmitted the virus to Kashmir, Jammu, Delhi, Telangana, Saharanpur, Deoband, Meerut, and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
According to NewsLaundry, Amish Devgan of News18 India invited filmmaker Ashoke Pandit to offer his prized opinion on the matter. Pandit, whose ability to craft fictions extends to the domain of news, said “those responsible” for the spread were “anti-national” and “enemies of the nation”. When another panelist told Pandit that he was stretching it by claiming that Muslims were deliberately spreading the virus across the world, he asked: “What is wrong with that?” The channel switched off his mike.
In another segment, when a Muslim panelist told Devgan that he should not introduce a Hindu-Muslim angle to the issue, the anchor feigned rage and asked him to “shut up and sit down”. This panelist was also muted.
On his Zee News show, Sudhir Chaudhary accused the Jamaat of “lying and betraying the nation in the name of Islam”. Chaudhary’s segment was so replete with anti-Muslim dogwhistiling that at one point, he tried to preempt it: “We know we’ll be accused of being communal and bringing religion into the coronavirus discussion,” he said, adding that he was aware that people of “a certain religion” were angry with his channel. “But these are the same people who have problems with Ramayana being broadcast during the pandemic,” Chauhary exclaimed indignantly.
Many media, whether print or electronic, are already renaming the Corona virus! For example: ‘Tabligh Virus’, ‘Nizamuddin Virus’ etc. Who will stop you if you have a pen in hand and camera in front! Even in the midst of a tragedy that can top the communal agenda, it is not possible for anyone to see our leaders and the media. Forgetting the Corona virus, some media discovered the absolutely ‘direct’ connection of Tablighi Jamaat with terrorist organizations.
Some neutral journalists have rightly pointed out that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath himself participated in a grand festival, in front of the Ayodhya Ram temple, with several hundred followers. Before that, however, PM Modi had ordered all to maintain social distance. Yogiji, however, ignored this directive. BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chauhan took oath as MP Chief Minister for the fourth time on March 23, with BJP MLAs and about 300 of his party leaders. This happened a day after the country observed ‘Janata Curfew’, on an appeal by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to fight the spread of coronavirus. In some places, including Odisha, hundreds of foreigners or tourists were rescued after lockdown. We have several examples of this kind. But none of the TV channels or media groups raised their voice against these activities. Contrast all this with Tablighi Jamaat. While the Markaz people were regularly communicating for a week with the authorities to remove 1,000 stranded people and send them to their native places, TV channels on March 30 all of a sudden launched a campaign stating that these people were “hiding” in the mosque and holding congregation in violation of the lockdown. They did not keep the government authorities in dark. The Indian media are busy leasing the ‘Tablighi conspiracy’.
The following are the transgressions the media chose to overlook (understand this chronology too).
March 14th, Delhi: The Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha hosted a Gau Mutra party to ward off the novel Coronavirus. About 200 people attended it. But the Delhi Government has not filed a case against Chakrapani Maharaj, the chief of the All India Hindu Mahasabha yet.
March 15th, Karnataka: CM, BS Yediyurappa ignored his own coronavirus advice and attended a wedding with 2,000 guests. He wasn’t the only senior BJP leader there—Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai and the MP from Udupi-Chikkamagaluru, Shobha Karandlaje, were present as well.
March 18th, Delhi: President Kovind hosted Members of Parliament from Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan over breakfast at Rashtrapati Bhavan. There was no social distancing or safety measures.
March 19th, Tirupati: The temple that hosts over 40,000 visitors finally closed its doors.
March 20th, Jammu: Around 450 devotees arrived at Jammu on March 20 to attend Vaishno Devi Yatra from Patna, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Haryana.
March 20th, Madhya Pradesh: Despite PM Narendra Modi’s advice, BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan and workers gathered to celebrate the party’s return to power. A large crowd gathered at the BJP office and celebrated the occasion. They also lit firecrackers, which are harmful to lungs.
March 21st, Kerala: A traditional procession ‘Arattu’ was organised at Malayinkeezhu Sree Krishna Swami Temple in Thiruvananthapuram. Hundreds of people participated in the procession and violated warnings to avoid large gatherings
March 22nd, Pan India: A ‘Janta Curfew’ was announced by PM Modi. His supporters took out several massive rallies on the streets.
March 24th, Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh: Barely 12 hours after the Government of India announced a national lockdown, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath did the Temple Run. He attended a Ram Navami ceremony in Ayodhya with around 20 people. Social distancing, masks and other protective measures were not followed.
March 28th, Anand Vihar, Delhi: Thousands of migrant workers walked on the railway track at Anand Vihar, in an attempt to go to their home towns in Uttar Pradesh.