Yesterday, the news went viral on MSM as well as Social Media that Congress MP Shashi Tharoor helped out MEA Sushma Swaraj in drafting the Resolution by the Parliament of India condemning Pakistan regarding the death sentence for Kulbhushan Jadhav. It was stated that MEA Sushma requested opposition leader Shashi Tharoor for drafting the resolution on such sensitive issue due to his knowledge of International Politics and Rule and Regulations! Pakistan’s announcement of the Death Sentence against the former Navy Officer Kulbhushan Jadhav on allegations of spying in Pakistan has created a furore among Indians.
Indians being sentimental, we were pleased with the news. Indians are demanding the government to save Kulbhushan Jadhav even by declaring war against Pakistan. Defence personnel always hold a special place in our hearts, be it Army, Navy or Air Force. And hence the news of the Central Government and the Opposition coming together to work on this sensitive issue touched the hearts of Indians. Many established News Portals like NDTV, India Today and Hindustan Times elaborately published this news as “confirmed by the Sources.” We received Whatsapp posts in various groups appreciating Shashi Tharoor for this good gesture. We lost no second in forwarding and sharing these posts on Whatsapp, Twitter and Facebook.
— India Today (@IndiaToday) April 11, 2017
The various News Portals referred NDTV as their ‘Source’ for this news.
Hindustan Times Report said , “A report by NDTV said external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj sought Congress leader Shashi Thaoor’s help to draft a Parliament resolution condemning the verdict. Both Houses of Parliament are expected to adopt the resolution on Wednesday.”
And then our MEA Sushma Swaraj informed the Indians that the News was totally false! She put a check on the viral fake news by tweeting this:
There is no dearth of talent in my ministry. I have the assistance of very able Secretaries. https://t.co/JH1wVAczLz
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) April 11, 2017
The news was completely false and mischievously planted in the media. https://t.co/saNGa6xB3c
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) April 12, 2017
What she clearly meant was “we have better secretaries in EAM and do not require another secretary from Congress (Shashi Tharoor)”
The Media, mainly NDTV and India Today are answerable for spreading this fake news. They should seek apology for playing with the sentiments of Indians over a sensitive issue. These channels and online news Portals are infamous for their loyalties with the Congress Party. As there is nothing worthwhile to boast about their pay masters, this section of Paid Media has started buying glory for their Pay Masters through fake news.
What is more disgraceful is the fact that Shashi Tharoor too thought to bide his time and bask in the false glory as much as he could. MEA Sushma Swaraj’s clarification comes as a slap to the Congress Politician. Being very active on Twitter, couldn’t Shashi Tharoor clarify the issue from his end? It would have saved his grace if he had himself contradicted India Today and other News Portals and corrected them. But as it turns out, any glory, fake or appropriate is welcome for Congress Politicians.
Next time, I am going to doubt the authenticity of any news published by these irresponsible News Portals. What about you?
Jyothi Suparna Chincholi