An Indian response to the February 14 terror attack in Kashmir, the deadliest in 30 years of militancy, was a dead certainty—and one which many “commando comic channels” craved for.
With a difficult general election looming, Narendra Modi did not disappoint.
The surgical strikes on February 26 deep inside Pakistan territory have resulted in an avalanche of tweets, and many TV anchors have not hesitated to show where they stand.
It took Andrew Buncombe, the former India correspondent of The Independent, to attempt a touch of sobreity and balance.
But, it met with short shrift at the hands of the Punjabi brigade—some of them children of officers—weaned on war.
Gowhar Geelani, the Srinagar-based broadcaster and journalist wrote on Twitter:
“Indian anchors and so-called Kashmir sympathisers are now cheerleaders for war. What a shame!”
“Indian anchors are cheerleaders of war, escalation of tensions between Pakistan and India. They are celebrating like kids after they receive pocket money on Eid and Diwali to burst firecrackers. What a shame!!!”
“Respect for fascist fidayeen Indian anchors like Arnab, Gaurav Sawant, Rahul, Anjana Om Kashyap etc for they do not wear any masks. They are what they are. But the masks of those masquerading as liberals, fair, balanced and Kashmir sympathisers have fallen off. Shame on them!”