One of the honorable exceptions has been former defence minister and Congress veteran AK Antony, who said, “I stand firmly with the government in its war against terrorism"
New Delhi: Not even 24 hours passed, but a section of the Congress party and jihad apologists in mainstream and social media have started playing the filthiest politics over the death over 40 CRPF jawans in Kashmir’s Pulwama on Thursday.
At a time when the country is united in anger and seething for revenge, the main Opposition party has made the most irresponsible noises, cheered on by certain self-proclaimed liberals.
One of the honorable exceptions has been former defence minister and Congress veteran AK Antony, who said, “I stand firmly with the government in its war against terrorism.”
On Thursday, within hours of the biggest attack in Kashmir on our security forces, Congress spokesperson RS Surjewala got down to scoring cheap political points by dragging PM Narendra Modi and mocking his “56-inch chest”.
In the past 55 months, Pak committed more than 5000 ceasefire violations at the LoC & International border- a whopping 1000% increase compared to the last 55 months of UPA.— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) February 14, 2019
Where is the “56 inch chest”? Where is the “Laal Aankh”? 5/#KashmirTerrorAttack #Awantipora
This was widely slammed on social media as the most reprehensible attempt to politicise a national tragedy. Post after post shamed the Congress spokesperson.
But he had some cheerleaders from the milieu that has now come to be known as ‘urban naxals’. The target: Modi and NSA Ajit Doval this time.
modi and doval are watching Uri today for the seventh time to figure out how to respond (no joke, their response will be theatrical, will have nothing to do with counter-terror and everything to do with election rhetoric).#PulwamaAttack— Hartosh Singh Bal (@HartoshSinghBal) February 15, 2019
With back-up from the usual viscerally anti-Modi suspects on social media.
176% increase under 56" https://t.co/ZFyieymy5D— Sanjukta Basu (@sanjukta) February 15, 2019
Modi hate then flowed into India hate and questioning the nation’s Kashmir stand on the day of the tragedy. Pakistani media could not have done better.
I've spent much time with #CRPF jawans & feel like I can see the faces of the men killed this evening in #Pulwana.— Raghu Karnad (@rkarnad) February 14, 2019
Jawans are not #martyrs; they are working-class men doing a hard and important job - and today victims, like many others, of years of tragic political failure.
And some journalists and outlets glorified the suicide bomber, reminiscent of a star anchor’s outpouring of sympathy for the “headmaster’s son” when forces snuffed out terrorist Burhan Wani.
Don’t ask for blood, ask for peace. It’s long overdue.— Shruti Seth (@SethShruti) February 14, 2019
Even the famously anti-Modi NDTV had to suspend a journalist for two weeks after she crossed all lines to glorify the massacre to taunt Modi.
How many here think this headline is as sinister as "And they hanged Yakub"? pic.twitter.com/okO4uA1ixA— iMac_too (@iMac_too) February 15, 2019
This @scroll_in editor @sharmasupriya is defending the JeM Terrorist.— Farrago Abdullah (@abdullah_0mar) February 15, 2019
We want to eliminate cross border Terrorism & Intellectual Terrorism also within our country. This lady is scum.#Pulwama pic.twitter.com/4LlTpkRm9O
And all this happened, some kept doing their anti-national shindig, slightly more subtly or otherwise.
Word. https://t.co/RcCYWRGJJM— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) February 14, 2019
And Congress’s newfound motormouth and Pakistan-lover Navjot Singh Sidhu, perfunctorily condemning the incident, said dialogue was the only way to solve the problem.
All this brings up to writer Joseph Conrad’s telling quote: “All a man can betray is his conscience.”
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Last Updated Feb 15, 2019, 6:18 PM IST