Sagarikas

Congress’ Fundgate Scandal: Spot the enemy in your newspapers

(This is a reprint from NewsBred).

I am not sure if you have followed the “FundGate Scandal” which is engulfing Congress party and the Gandhi clan, Sonia, Rahul and Priyanka.

Or you know about funds to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF), controlled by Gandhis, coming through Chinese government and PM National Relief Fund (PMNRF). Or that in 1991, the then finance minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, later prime minister, had in his maiden Budget speech announced Rs 100 crores to Rahul Gandhi Foundation.

I am also unaware if you have weighed the import of Congress party signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the ruling Chinese Communist Party in 2008, that is if you even know about it in the first place.

Let’s say some of you know. And that some of you don’t know. Either way, now let’s see if you understand its ramifications.

FUNDS FROM OFFICIAL CHINESE SOURCES

Under the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) rule, the ruling Chinese party and its embassy in India donated over a crore to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation. Thereafter, The Foundation encouraged Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China in its studies. An FTA with China is suicide. For China, being authoritarian, can control its prices. What it costs Indian manufacturers Rs 12, China could sell the same product for only Rs 2 by subsidizing its producers. Indian makers ruined. China captures Indian market. Get the import? Please also reflect that India’s trade deficit vis-à-vis China increased by 33 per cent during the UPA rule.

Don’t you think you deserve to know how India became a stooge to China, tradewise. Or if it was a quid pro quo between the Indian and Chinese governments. Or that India could’ve become a vessel state of China through FTA. Of if it explains why we looked the other way when there were 640 Chinese army’s incursion inside Indian territory under UPA.

FUNDS FROM PM NATIONAL RELIEF FUND

Again, under the UPA, funds from the PM National Relief Fund were transferred to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation. More than once. Now PMNRF is for disasters, natural or man-made. After two days of upset stomach, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala has today said it was in the wake of Tsunami in 2004.

Don’t you think you deserve to know if such a transfer was for Tsunami alone, why it was done again and again in subsequent years.  Or if that makes PMNRF-Rajiv Gandhi Foundation complicit since both had Gandhis and their men in controlling seats. Or if the recent tears Gandhis have shed on migrants—India’s poor—are no better than crocodile’s since we now know money meant for poor under PMNRF were being diverted to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation.

MoU BETWEEN CONGRESS PARTY AND CHINESE GOVERNMENT

So, you now know that the Congress party and Chinese Communist Party (CCP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between them in 2008. You don’t know the details. I don’t know either. Nobody has asked Congress. Congress has not volunteered the information either.

Don’t you think Indian citizens deserve to know the agreements signed under MoU. Did Congress take permission of this MoU from All India Congress Committee (AICC), its apex body. Were letters of its content shared with its members. If not, could we trust such undemocratic elements to run our democracy.

So you have questions but no answers. I too don’t have all the answers. Who do you think should provide these answers?

It’s our newspapers who should give us answers. All your national English dailies are silent on these questions. No Front Page screamers. No OpEds by your Sardesais-Guptas-Barkhas-Sagarikas or by distinguished scholars, think tanks, human rights group, lawyers, professors, vice-chancellors, historians, philosophers etc. No editorials by those who sit in AC cabins, overlooking the Arabian Sea. Yet we trust them daily. Pay for their poison. Give control of India to those who are breaking it up. Don’t delude yourself that you don’t share the blame. If we don’t make our newspapers accountable, we are party to India’s enemies.

 

Skullcap “incident” is another hate-Muslim crime hoax

(This is a reprint from NewsBred).

So, nobody threw the skullcap. Nobody taunted Mohammad Barkat Alam in Gurugram for being a Muslim. Nobody asked him to chant “Jai Shri Ram.”

Don’t take my word for it. Nor of the police. You haven’t seen CCTV footage too. But at least believe Alam on whose behalf Lutyens Media reserved headlines as big as they would if World War III has broken out.

Alam, in his FIR, doesn’t say that his skull cap was thrown on the street. He doesn’t complain that he was asked to chant “Jai Shri Ram.” Lutyens Media had quoted Alam that two people, and four on motorcycles, had cornered him. CCTV footage shows only one person. The entire incident is of 1.30-2 minutes.

There is such daylight between what media reported Alam to have said and what he actually reported in his FIR that police has no doubt “somebody tutored him (Alam).” Police is emphatic: “It’s not a communal incident.”

In short, IT WAS A HOAX.

But google search Barkat Alam. You would only find headlines of Barkat Alam and his skullcap, how Gautam Gambhir is indignant at this communal attack. Ask your friends, relatives any common man. All of them would froth at the injustice to Barkat Alam, only because he was a Muslim.

This is not a one-off incident. Swati Goel Sharma of Swarajyamag has compiled a twitter thread on hoax hate-crimes against Muslims reported in Lutyens Media. These are the crimes where Muslims have raised the bogey of victimhood and Lutyens Media have spun a yarn.

HOAX.

But lo and behold: the nation stops. Sardesais and Shekhars grid up the lions. Sagarikas and Barkhas have their lipsticks smudged due to mouthfuls. Rahul Gandhis and Arvind Kejriwals are never far off.  Cameras whir; mikes glisten in sun and celebrities are on the street with placards (The picture in this article is of Shabana Azmi and hers “Not In My Name” on the tragic death of Junaid–but not on beef narrative that Liberals had run away with).

Like Barkat Alam, there is Misbah Qadri, a Muslim woman in Mumbai. After BJP came to power in 2014, Qadri claimed she was being forced to leave her rental flat by a property broker. The broker went underground, fearing for his life.

Soon the facts emerged. Qadri wasn’t vacating her rented house. Property-broker had filed a case against her a month before Qadri whipped her narrative. The very building housed several Muslims and none had a complaint against the property-broker. The police concluded there was no evidence in support of Qadri.

The fallout? None. Lutyens Media behaved as if nothing had happened. No sorry for a hoax story, no apology to the broker who could’ve been killed. The hate-Muslim narrative is too nourishing for a few, you see.

Then there is this 22-year-old Umam Khanam, a law student in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. She had taken the social media by storm in narrating her ordeal: how she was molested by fellow students in a bus for being a Muslim, for not wearing a “Lotus” cap. She blamed her teachers for allowing students to get away with vulgarity and lewd comments. You would remember the indignation amongst our liberals. Indeed, everyone, including you and me, was offended. Saffron and lotus had another brush with the “outcast” syndrome. The heavens fell.

Then the facts emerged. It was again a Muslim-hate-crime hoax. Nothing supported Khanam’s claims. When the Muslim-girl was asked to show up for an internal inquiry committee, she skipped it. Most students gave written statements calling out her lies. Indeed, investigations revealed that she was a rabid Muslim zealot and hated BJP. Her social media posts corroborated her profile: hatred for “bhakts” to the extent she wished death for them. Her tweets wished for the lynching of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. She asked BJP supporters to go and dring “gau mutra” (cow-urine).

Nobody approves of hate crimes. The perpetrators must pay for such crimes. But equally criminal is to make a distinction between Muslim and Hindu victims. See crime from the communal lenses. Every day an incident or two happens in a nation of 1.3 billion people. Sometimes Hindus suffer, sometimes Muslims. But it ought not to be a pretext to cook up hate-Muslim crimes. Western media is ever-ready to make a meal out of it.  To show Hindus are rabid. Minority is in danger in India. India is back to Dark AGes. The India of Nehru is over. But when the lie is called out, all guns fall silent. Lutyens Media move on to next hate-Muslim crime-hoax as if nothing happened. No course-correction, no apology, NOTHING.

As an aside, check the tweets of Lutyens Media and its’ crusaders if they have reacted to the assault on “Freedom of Press” in Karnataka where an editor is facing jail for doing a story on Gowdas. Do imagine if it was a BJP government and not of Congress-JD(S). 

(P.S: Again, do read to the admirable thread of Swati Goel Sharma. Such are journalists who are the real “chowkidars” of India).