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From “spy pigeons” to home-grown rebels, Indian media never misses to establish Pakistani link

Pakistan and India have a long history of troubled relations since their inception in 1947 and any move for rapprochement from either of the sides regularly faces neutralization with clever use of media – and here it can safely be declared that Indian media smartly outdoes its Pakistani counterpart.

Both the countries regularly indulge in recrimination when it comes to facing terror attacks and blame game ensues. But Indian media deserves due credit for its promptness in “investigating and concluding” in every foul play that terrorists hail from Pakistan, even before the Indian government releases its word.

Irony is the Indian media is so mechanical in Pakistan-bashing that it never evaluates the degree of unwarranted criticism at the neighbouring country, which often backfires and makes their media a subject of mockery.

Recently Indian security officials detained a pigeon – named ‘spy pigeon’ by the Indian media – which was purportedly on an espionage mission for Pakistan.

It all started when a 14-year-old boy in an Indian village close to the border with Pakistan found a white pigeon with a message written partly in Urdu and some numbers in on its feathers.


The locals took the bird to the police. Though nothing suspicious was found, but the pigeon was registered in police blotter as a “suspected spy”.

In the latest episode, suspected rebels killed two paramilitary soldiers and wounded another ten after attacking their convoy in the Indian-held Kashmir on Wednesday (today). The Indian media wasted no time in declaring the background of terrorists and went on to lengths to dub him “Second Kasab”.

One militant was killed during a gunbattle with government forces that followed the attack. Another was captured and four civilians taken hostage by him were rescued unharmed. Amid the gunmen attack, the Indian channels had one breaking news in common citing sources, “Terrorists belong to Pakistan.” That said, no official word was released by the Indian government thus far.

One must not forget that several rebel groups have been fighting hundreds of thousands of Indian forces deployed in the region, for independence or a merger of the disputed territory with Pakistan.

In another recent such instance, terrorists had attacked an Indian police station near Pakistani border in Gurdaspur. Since the ground zero was near the Pakistani side of border, the Indian media immediately flashed reports that “terrorists came from Paksitan’s Narowal district.” Their claims remain unsubstantiated even after the attack.

Pakistan also had become a cynosure of Indian media for repeated tirades during an attack on Mumbai that left 166 people dead in November 2008.

It is believed that Indian government and its spy agencies effectively command their media against Pakistan and shaping up public opinion against the neighboring country.

In comparison, Pakistani media may be too rambunctious in reporting local political issues. But when it comes to international spectrum, some sanity seems to have prevailed. Pakistan often brave terror attacks, but it never targets India for the sake of demeaning other State’s authority. Here lies the responsibility factor that India media must emulate.



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