Border Rage

BORDER RAGE

The brutal killing of two Indian soldiers by Pakistani forces has made the Sangh Parivar critical of the Congress-led UPA government. The editorial in the Organiser asserts that the government has taken a "cavalier attitude" towards the defence of borders, with the power of the commanders on ground being so "restrained" for political reasons that "they have to wait for a nod from Delhi to act even in an on-the-spot case" like the killings. Lamenting the "increasing" say of bureaucrats and political appointees on matters that are "purely strategic" and that should be dealt with by "battle-scarred soldiers", the Organiser, in fact, stretches its criticism to allege that the UPA was guided by its "vendetta" against former army chief V.K. Singh. The Organiser, in fact, criticises the government for "refusing to give a befitting reply to those who are daring to kill and maim our soldiers".

The Panchjanya has published a full-page article that loudly declares that the government's silence on Pakistan will go against the national sentiment. Contending that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's Sharm el-Sheikh initiative with Pakistan indicated a weakness on India's part, the editorial in Panchjanya suggests that Pakistan should be "taught in the same language" for its brutal act.

DEFENDING BHAGWAT

Both Sangh Parivar weeklies have taken it upon themselves to tell the "truth" about the alleged distortion of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's remarks on women and atrocities against them in Indian society.

The Organiser has published a full-page special report on Bhagwat's recent visit to Assam to set the record straight, given that his remarks dismissing atrocities against women in urban India at Silchar created a controversy. "India has a tradition of respecting and protecting womanhood," goes the headline, summing up Bhagwat's remarks on women.

Another full-page article in Panchjanya criticises the media for creating the controversy about Bhagwat's remarks by allegedly twisting them out of context. In an article titled "Far from truth, market of untruths", the article seeks to warn the media that it has no business to "sensationalise" comments to sell news. It alleges the media seeks to create intellectual confusion by running down the Hindu and nationalist opinions under pressure from foreign capital and secularism to nurture market forces. The article reproduces Bhagwat's remarks verbatim to set the record straight.

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