Social media calls out media's 'hypocrisy' on rallies, Kumbh Mela
The holding of political rallies in election-bound States (especially West Bengal) by different parties has come in for much criticism from the media in general and star journalists in particular. The conduct of Kumbh Mela has also been criticized by the commentariat and rightly so.
However, sections of Netizens are pointing out that the media has only been displaying duplicity in this regard. When farmers' protests were rampant in Punjab and Haryana, with even Delhi witnessing protest events, the media cheered them on last year and early this year. The protest sites in these States were suspected to be spreading the virus, given that thousands of people were recklessly mixing amongst themselves without a care in the world.
Hardik Rajgor, a social media user who calls himself a 'free speech extremist', says, "Journalists who think it is obvious to stop rallies and Kumbh cheered on farm protests for months while cases spiked in Haryana, Delhi, and Punjab. As if old farmers won't get Covid just cos their views align with yours. They were doing exactly what they accuse politicians of today."
Several journalists proudly shared foreign media's propaganda that 250 million farmers were protesting in the country, while the actual number was a fraction of it. It's not surprising that Netizens are pointing a finger at the media's about-turn.