The gruesome murder of Kamlesh Tiwari reflect the state
of law and order in Uttar Pradesh particularly in the capital city of Lucknow.
His family alleged that the security was withdrawn by the
state government. Within few hours, Uttar Pradesh police claimed that they have
resolved the murder mystery as they claimed that Gujarat police has arrested
three persons in Surat. Anyway, we don’t comment on an administrative thing and
would like it to be proved in the court of law.
Since the death of Kamlesh Tiwari, our channels have started
sinister campaign against Muslims. There is no control over the filthy language
that these channels and their loudspeakers who want to divide people and put
India on fire so that they and their masters can rule on the polarisation of
people. How long will you keep people in perpetual hatred? Why the murder of an
individual, even if he was most foul mouth, be blamed on a particular
Kamlesh Tiwari’s mother Kusum Tiwari has alleged that her son was not murdered by the Muslim murderers but some Gupta who happened to belong to the Hindutva group. Mrs Kusum Tiwari continued on a TV channel that don’t bring Hindu Muslim issue every time. This murder has nothing to do with Hindu-Muslim issue. It is purely done by a person who they are naming but despite that Uttar Pradesh police has not arrested the accused person.
We agree that police must investigate the issue on its own
without any political interference but then the investigations should look
unbiased. What the police can do it to speak to their family persons and see
why they are accusing the other person. His mother is speaking in full senses
and seems to be determined to fight this case and take it to logical
conclusion. This case may become difficult for the government to handle unless
properly dealt with.
The role of the media is to protect democracy and not to
It is good that Muslims did not respond to Kamlesh Tiwari’s
filth in the similar way he was doing. Today, Hindutva trolls are abusing and
writing things and trending hatred against Muslims. The twitter and Facebook who
act fast against free thinkers, human rights defenders and those who disagree
with this hate politics remain mute to Hindutva hatemongers who trend hatred on
social media. This has to be condemned.
Social media platforms must stick to strong norms where attempt to sow
seeds of division, racial and caste abuse and slur, religious hatred must be
prohibited. Freedom of expression is welcome when things are spoken in a well
explained way without being abusive but these platforms cannot and should not
be allowed to abuse and spread hatred.
The National Broadcasting Authority of India too should
strongly put its agenda on the erring TV channels. If the body is unable to
discipline these channels then it must approach courts and ask for maintaining
some decorum and adhering to constitutional principles on the TV debates. It
must warn the anchors who have become Party Spokesperson to desist from doing
Fact is that we blame social media but it is the manustream media which need to be disciplined. Kamlesh Tiwari’s mother’s strong slap on the face of an anchor who tried to instigate her in Hindu Muslim binary, is a big example. That way, we should appreciate the stand taken by her. She has a right to get satisfied with the investigations related to her son’s death. Whoever is the culprit must be arrested and the family has a right to question if they are not satisfied. It is equally important that media must not play divisive politics in all this. The role of the media is to protect democracy and not to destroy it.
Vidya Bhushan Rawat
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