Why media missed Malda riots but not Dadri lynching

On social media, we are being framed guilty of selective outrage.

 |  Breaking Views  |  1-minute read |   12-01-2016

Also read: Comparing Malda with Dadri is terrible for India

Till a week back, many Indians might not have heard the names of places like Malda and Purnea but now they do. The notorious credit for this goes to the violent agitations led by certain Muslims who not only clashed with the security forces but also vandalised police stations and torched vehicles.

Accusations and counter accusations

The genesis of the turmoil which has unfolded in Malda and Purnea rests in the statements of two gentlemen, namely, Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan and self styled Hindu Mahasabha leader Kamlesh Tiwari. Azam Khan likened RSS men to homosexuals following which Kamlesh Tiwari raised questions in relation to the sexual orientation of Prophet Muhammad.

Azam Khan, who aspires to become the prime minister of India and has a history of making irresponsible statements, doesn’t even possess the sanity of a fifth grader. Instead of concentrating on his ministerial responsibilities in the Uttar Pradesh cabinet, he is always in the news for the wrong reasons owing to the constant verbal diarrhoea he suffers from. Read more.

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Rajdeep Sardesai Rajdeep Sardesai @sardesairajdeep

Journalist, author: 2014: The Election That Changed India. When not chained to the news, watch sport, read, write, sleep and enjoy family holidays.

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