For the last two days, the media has been abuzz with the news of an alleged threat issued by a BJP leader from Telangana on a leader from the AIMIM.
In a video which went viral on social media, T Raja Singh, who is an MLA from Goshamahal constituency in Hyderabad, is reportedly heard threatening to “cut off” the heads of “traitors” who oppose the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya.
According to the reports, the MLA is heard saying:
“Recently, a video came on WhatsApp from Uttar Pradesh and someone was saying if Ram Mandir is built in Ayodhya they will create ‘tehelka’ (chaos) in entire country. We welcome this. In fact, we were waiting for this day for the past several years so that when you traitors raise your heads, we will behead you.”
Majlis Bachao Tehreek (MBT), a local Muslim organization, registered a case against Singh on Sunday with the Hyderabad Police.
Singh was booked under IPC section 295A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs).
It is right to book anyone who makes a hate speech, but the problem is that the media continues to see only one side of every controversy and conveniently ignores the other side – in this case, it was the “someone” Singh is referring to in his speech.
That “someone” is AIMIM’s Shadab Chouhan.
Before Singh’s video went viral, Shadab had made a similar hate speech in which he is heard threatening the entire country.
“If the Ram temple is constructed illegally then there will be such a level of violence and destruction across the country that the whole world will remember it,” Shadab is heard saying.
But when asked to comment on Singh’s hate speech, Shadab reportedly said that he condemns such remarks but stands by what he himself said about violence and destruction if the temple is constructed illegally.
The media, however, found nothing worthy of condemnation in Shadab’s remarks nor his condemnation of Singh’s speech hypocritical.
Both Singh’s and Shadab’s remarks qualify as hate speeches. But the selective outrage by the media only goes on to prove that something is rotten in one of the pillars of democracy.