In Pulwama, Narendra Modi Has Found the Trigger He Needed Before 2019 Elections – By Prem Shankar Jha
The death of more than 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans in the single deadliest attack on security forces in 30 years of militancy in Kashmir is not only a national but a human tragedy. The shock it has given to the country is understandable.
What is not understandable, nor forgivable, is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s refusal to ask the country to stay calm, to ask state governments to prevent revenge attacks on Kashmiris, and to warn the cohorts of his own party against avoid inflaming communal passion. Instead he has immediately accused Pakistan of masterminding the attack, launched an international campaign to isolate it, and virtually committed the Indian security forces to a retaliatory attack on Pakistan at a time and place of their choosing.
Not content with that, he has turned the Sangh parivar’s internet trolls on anyone who has dared to criticise his actions. So torrid is the animosity they have succeeded in fanning that Sony TV has been forced to throw Punjab cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, one of the most charismatic personalities on Indian television, unceremoniously off the Kapil Sharma show because he has dared to say what others have not had the courage to – that “entire nations cannot be held responsible for the dastardly acts of terrorists”.…
- Modi’s speeches suggest rage is the only legitimate emotional response to the Pulwama attack – Editorial (Feb 20, 2019, The Telegraph)
- The Spilling of Blood of CRPF Martyrs at Pulwama Demands Answers From The RSS/BJP Rulers – By Shamsul Islam (Feb 19, 2019, Countercurrents)
- When exactly did Narendra Modi learn about the Pulwama attack – and what did he do afterwards? – By Rohan Venkataramakrishnan (Feb 22, 2019, Scroll.in)
- Cry the Beloved Country … – By Shantanu Dutta (Feb 21, 2019, Countercurrents)