Shekhar Gupta has been writing columns under the name ‘National Interest’ since his days in Indian Express. If the reader of his article is not on Twitter, he/she may find Gupta’s article as some ‘Pearls of wisdom’, which are in interests of the nation. But if you are active on Twitter (which is also called as a watchdog on MSM) and read tweets of some sane voices, you will find Shekhar Gupta is just a sophisticated version of serial propagandist Dhruv Rathee and he is trying to divide the nation under the garb of “national interest”.
In his recent column -‘Urban Naxal is the new enemy & ‘Useful Idiots BJP needs for 2019’ he has tried to show how ‘Urban Naxals’ have become ‘new Muslims’ for BJP on whose name party can garner votes due to lack of economic developments on the ground.
The biggest irony is this article has come on a day when GDP Growth of FY 2018-19 touched whopping 8.2%. Either it was his sheer bad luck that these figures came on the same day or maybe to hide his frustration, he intentionally tried to peddle article which would shame even stand up comedians like Rathee (whom Gupta himself had introduced as ‘Activist’) & Kunal Kamra in spreading agenda.
Gupta is right in saying ‘There is no such thing as an Urban or Rural Naxal.’ Simply because as proved by Pune police there are only 2 types of Naxals.
1) Underground Naxals
2) Overground Naxals
“A Naxal is a Naxal and a Maoist too. To be either isn’t at all criminal. No law, not even UAPA, can put an Indian in jail for any beliefs, or stating those. You could even say in public you believe India is in illegal occupation of Kashmir or that our democracy is a sham and a savarna conspiracy. Can a government lock you in jail? No.”
For Shekhar Gupta having Naxalites ideology or wishing to the break Integrity of India isn’t a crime at all. It itself proves how Gupta himself is proud Overground Naxal. No wonder for Gupta, a person having Jehadi ideology is ‘Freedom of Expression’ & Akbaruddin Owaisi who had mulled ‘wiping out all Hindus in 15 minutes’ is his friend. Also it exposes Gupta’s hypocrisy when he writes how ‘Hindutva is making India as Hindu Pakistan’. For Gupta Maoists, Naxals who have killed thousands of police forces & tribals are far from to India, but on same breath India he doesn’t mince his word terming whole India as ‘Lynchistan’ for an occasional incident of lynching.
Gupta says BJP has delivered far from it promised to its voters & further writes how BJP is using -ve tactics to garner votes to hide their ‘failures’:
‘The original formula of Muslim-as-enemy is frayed. It would have been possible only if the Muslim-means-Pakistani-means-Kashmiri separatist-means-terrorist-means-LeT/al Qaeda/ISIS equation was sustainable. It doesn’t seem so. Partly because India’s mainland Muslims have stayed calm.’
First of all whether Gupta wants to portray that all or majority Muslims from other than ‘mainland India’ are affiliated to LeT, Al-Qaeda, ISIS? If this is true then it exposes Gupta’s xenophobic & Islamophobic attitude. Also, by writing ‘Mainland India’ & not ‘India’, may be he was pointing towards nexus between Kashmiris & Terror organisations. It is more shocking that with a background of killings of Kashmiri Muslim soldiers/policeman & kidnapping of their relives by terrorists, Gupta want to stereotype Kashmiris as people with Terrorists connections. Also, as proven in courts there has been always local hand in all Terror attacks that ever happened in India, Gupta’s attempts of whitewashing all Muslims in ‘mainland India’ fails miserably.
Gupta again & again repeats line that Maoists are harmless. There was a meme on Internet about Radical Muslim & Moderate Muslim.
Gupta is inadvertently portraying the same thing in the context of Naxals. Being ‘Overground Naxals’ himself, he wants to shut any voices towards ‘Underground naxals’. By calling overground Naxals as ‘Activists’ & mocking govt actions against them as an attempt to garner votes, he is not only giving cover to ‘Underground Naxals’ who are as worse as Islamic Terrorists but also thinks Indian voter is gullible & can be easily fooled.
Nevertheless, Gupta has made it easier for us to identify the real “underground urban naxals”.