A few days ago in a comment on Shuddha’s little forensic exercise, I had drawn attention to the pernicious communal stereotyping evident in the widely circulated pictures of the three arrested terrorists after the “encounter” in Jamia Nagar, all supposedly wearing the regulation uniform of the Indian Mujahideen, i.e. red-checked kaffiyehs.
I recently came across a piece Sadanand Menon had earlier written on this image, probably setting off the series of events that led to the police “confession” above. In this piece, he concludes starkly that across the newsrooms of India’s national newspapers, the collective behaviour was such as had not been seen during the worst days of the Emergency.
He writes, “They fell prey to their own sense of prejudice and communal mind-set…Shame, a little shame is all that the media needs. For shame as Marx said, is a revolutionary sentiment.”
Here is the link to the piece by Sadanand Menon.