On August 11, a non-mainstream news portal Op-India published an article in response to former Vice-President Hamid Ansari’s ‘Muslim’ remark.
Before we go any further, let’s take a quick look at what Ansari said.
In his last interview as Vice-President, Ansari said that “there is a sense of insecurity among the Muslims”. That remark was not received well by many Indians, who felt that the former Vice-President failed to rise about the level of religion-based politics.
Of course, he was called out on social media.
— Zubair Alvi (@Alvi_Zubair45) August 10, 2017
Op-India’s article listed out 10 reasons, backed with facts, on why it is riskier for a Hindu to be a Hindu in the world’s largest Hindu-majority country.
The article was not against any community but against the dirty vote-bank politics played and mastered by the parties which wear the tag of secularism on their chests and call themselves the guardians of liberalism.
On August 19 the article was shared on Twitter by Rahul Roushan, who serves as the Chief Strategy Officer of Swarajya and manages Op-India.
— Rahul Roushan (@rahulroushan) August 19, 2017
Reacting to that tweet, Rega Jha, the editor of Buzzfeed-India, posted this:
And, just like that, OPIndia’s transformation to comedy portal is complete. https://t.co/igV6unmJGl
— Rega Jha (@RegaJha) August 19, 2017
One wonders what Jha found funny in the article that made her post that tweet of hers.
Anyway, Twitter found Jha’s comment funny, and therefore reacted:
So an artical on Hindu insecurity is comedy? Just curious to know why? Any rubbish written on anything else becomes a work of art?
— Krishna Anand (@KrishnaAnand_) August 19, 2017
Says somebody who earns her bread by writing lists like-“ten reasons why muslims are way hotter than hindus”.
— Mayank (@fab_mayank) August 19, 2017
But see her hot tweet 👇 pic.twitter.com/vnaQY5uxQA
— Ranjan Singh (@ranjan5ua) August 19, 2017
A person from an outlet like “Buzzfeed” talking about journalism 😂
— Arjun Sethi (@Roguelost) August 19, 2017
Weren’t you the one who called yourself “self made successful person at the top of the game” or some such thing ?
— Anirudh (@eaniman) August 19, 2017
So, read the article. He’s clearly documented comments and tries to draw a conclusion. How is this comedy, exactly? Genuinely asking.
— Sourav Kumar (@souravkumar) August 19, 2017
Shows ur disconnect with ground level sentiments & reality
— Pendharkar Insights (@Yughandhar) August 19, 2017
— Rohit Agarwal (@ragarwal) August 19, 2017
Now don’t tell me that Buzzfeed stands for Journalism!
— Big Bad Wolf (@NivasanN) August 19, 2017
But seriously do you thing talking about the human rights of Hindus is a joke?
— Saransh (@PiyoAurPeeneDo) August 19, 2017
— Amogh Arlekar (@AmoghArlekar) August 20, 2017
Behan i dnt think u r qualified enough to certify that.
— rudra awasthi (@awasthi_rudra) August 19, 2017
Afraid of competition?
— బడుగు తెలుగువాడిని (@tvssarma) August 19, 2017
And that’s precisely how they covered up the entire Kashmiri Pandit massacre, anything that remotely talks of Hindu issues is comical
— HyperNationalist 😉 (@OutrageKyunHain) August 19, 2017
It is a sad reality that some of our politicians deliberately pander to specific vote banks to keep themselves in power. In doing so they often ignore the crimes committed by members of specific communities so that the vote bank remains intact.
If in their quest for one-sided secular-liberal values, the media personalities themselves shut their eyes and ears to reason and truth then our country is doomed.