September 25, 2009 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Ludhiana /Chandigarh (September 25, 2009): It could be termed as another attempt by Hindi Media to terrorize the people of Punjab as IBN7, one of main Hindi news channels telecasted in India, showed an “exclusive” ‘news drama’ titled “Khalistan Ka Jinn”. The whole story telecasted by the channel just looked like a staged drama as channel repeatedly showed persons (so-called terrorists) armed with weapons, taking training of arms, huge quantity of automatic weapons, ammunition and explosives but without any further explanation. Surely most of these persons, except recently and previously arrested Sikhs, had nothing to do with contemporary Punjab or Sikh movement and most of these shots were pre-recoded shots that did not relate to Punjab or Sikhs.
Channel claimed that peace of Punjab was violated by killing of a Dera Sauda follower few weeks back that was followed by murder of “religious leader” Rulda Singh (Ex-head of Rashtriya Sikh Sangat – RSS, a dummy organization that was banned by Sri Akal Takhat Sahib some years back) but did not dare to speak even a word about murder of four innocent Sikhs by Dera Sauda Sirsa (DSS) followers.
The whole drama that was telecasted at 22:00 hrs (IST) lasted about 30 minutes and was aimed at terrorizing the people of Punjab and defaming Sikhs as proposed “terrorists”. It is a clear instance of “embedded journalism’ that is an integral part of Indian media reporting. SAD (Asr) Panch Pardhani, Sikh Federation of Australia and Sikh Students Federation has strongly condemned such moves of Indian Media.
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