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.”

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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”.

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.

With back-up from the usual viscerally anti-Modi suspects on social media.

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 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.

 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.

 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.

 And all this happened, some kept doing their anti-national shindig, slightly more subtly or otherwise.

 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.”