The media machine with the full backing of the secular establishment is furiously spitting in the hope of running away. The Outlook front page is dripping with hate-everything-Hindu articles. It has fittingly roped in that house nigger par excellence, Pankaj Mishra to idyllically speculate on Kashmir and a Modi-ruled India. And a long-buried Rajinder Puri (who?) who asks some “tough” questions to the Nanavati Commission. As is also the Outlook-regular, Saba Naqvi who shames our consciences by asking why the Indian state is “quick to nail minority offences but myopic to Sangh transgressions?” He also thunders in support of the terrorists..err..blames the “populist media” which leads the state to bay for the blood of the terrorists. The crest jewel comes from Smita Gupta who wants to redefine the word “terrorist.” The blurb to her piece says Just who is a terrorist? Definitions change when it comes to the Hindutva extreme.
Outlook, you can argue is a secular-fundamentalist rag, or the pall-bearer of secularism. Other media folks are no better.
The Hindustan Times, which was cold-shouldered by the Congress party about two years ago doesn’t want to be left out. It hopes to level the pitch by fishing out the amazing testimony of exactly one person. Read it if you must, but here’s the gist: terrorists are terrorists because the Indian state is the Indian state. I didn’t check the other papers but past experience says this will be the general drone of “analysis.”
Narendra Modi-absolvement in this hour of the year is perhaps the worst tiding to ever hit the “secular forces.” The 6-year-long media-political campaign against Modi has turned in Modi’s favour rather dramatically and at the most inopportune moment. Even an engineered petition to stop the Nanavati report from becoming public proved futile, thanks to the Supreme Court. The entire secular spectrum is thus hurriedly wiping the eggshells off its face. The aforementioned pieces are festinated exercises in damage control.
The Nanavati panel has not released the entire report–we only have the first part, which clearly absolves Narendra Modi. While it is too much to expect an apology from the political class, let’s turn to what India’s top bloggers and journalists say. We meet silence. Those that were quick to thunder, revile, mock, and in general pour scorn over Modi at every turn are now speechless. Do they have the courage to at least say, we were hasty, we got carried away in the general media hysteria? Those that talk about understanding nuances, or those that repeatedly call for justice for “murdered Indians.”
Here is the full text (downloadable PDF) of the Nanavati report.