Media attacks hate speech target Mayawati
Where is Swapan Dasgupta ? A flurry of posts immediately after the elections led us to believe we have someone different in the media.
Look at this blog post by Sagarika Ghosh of CNN-IBN.
Thursday was a day when we heard two kinds of words. On the one hand, meaningless words of diplomatic gobbledygook from India and Pakistan about “debracketing” and “cautious optimism”. On the other hand, words of ancient violence, words that can turn our society into a warring landscape, primordial words that echo in our innermost subconscious and have created our society’s invisible apartheid. “Chamaar” “Achhoot” “Shudra” “Bhangi”.
Technique : Subject is only one of two (reduce importance by 50%)
On Face The Nation, we asked did Rita Bahuguna Joshi’s words (Joshi herself being a Brahmin) become yet another example, or did they invoke the memory, of that ancient hatred that the Dalit has borne through centuries?
Technique : Set the bar really high.
In fact, Congress state president Rita Bahuguna Joshi did not say anything anti-Dalit. In fact she said if the compensation awarded to a raped Dalit woman is only 25,000 then should Mayawati be given 1 crore of she is raped. Undoubtedly, her language was vicious, vulgar and violent but to be fair to Bahuguna Joshi, she did not deliver any caste insult.
Technique : Concede everything (vicious, vulgar, and violent) except the kernel
Mayawati made the bone-chilling statement, if the BSP workers had been out, Congress’ workers would be “shivering like rats.” Any perceived insult to Mayawati became a perceived insult to all Dalits.
Technique : Effect words (bone-chilling) to the other side in order to balance the conceded turf (vicious, vulgar, and violent)
Coming a poor third in the general elections, deserted by upper castes, forced to go in for pre-poll alliances with people like Bhajan Lal in Haryana when Mayawati was a strong opponent of pre poll alliances, its clear that the BSP is more vulnerable than ever before. The Congress strong showing in UP with its 22 seats must have come as a shock. Maya magic failed, Rahul magic worked. No wonder the Congress is Mayawati’s main enemy and her main target is Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi, particularly with crucial assembly elections in 2011. UP’s politics is the politics of the akhara-as Congress and BSP fight to the finish, whats a burnt house or two?
Technique : Place blog entry out of orbit
(Maya magic failed, Rahul magic worked is a blatant political cheer completely unrelated to the article) Even if Maya was not the CM, this is still a hate speech. If anything, this is an attempt to politicize the issue, something the media asked us never to do. Most readers at this point resign and see the hidden message.
Fact is : Vicious, vulgar, and violent in the context of “compensation for Dalit rape victims” out to be enough.
The chief of the SC/ST panel Buta Singh chimes in and calls “Mayas action misuse” and chimes in “UP tops in crimes against Dalits”. His interpretation of the SC/ST act is that it applies only for murder and rape. (A nonsensical statement because murder and rape are punishable for all including non SC/ST under several sections of the IPC). Again, he is placing his words and actions out of rational examination.
A similar event would have gone horribly wrong had the accused not been from the Congress party. I hope the political challengers to the Congress are studying this phenomenon carefully and learning.