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I was on CNN-IBN’s Face the Nation show last night with Sagarika Ghose for a discussion on the role of the Indian and Pakistani media in fanning jingoism between the two countries in the aftermath of the Mumbai terrorist attacks. The other panelists were Hamid Mir from Geo TV in Pakistan, who spoke a lot of sense, and Tarun Vijay of the BJP and former editor of the RSS rag ‘Organiser‘, who spoke a lot of (non)sense.
My quotable quote from the CNN-IBN account:
The “story” after the Mumbai terror attacks has been harmed because of the lack of professionalism among Indian journalists, said Varadarajan.
“The Government of India accused elements from Pakistan (for the terror attacks). That phrase was chosen because the Government realised it was dealing with multiple Pakistans. When you collapse that Government phrase and use a headline that says ‘Pakistan responsible’ you allow all these Pakistans to merge together and allow the army there to take advantage and rally everyone under its banner. That is what has happened.”