India is fighting terrorism in Kashmir. One of the forms of terrorism India is fighting is narrative terrorism. Those with blinkers on may deny narrative terrorism. People living in the valley know it as a real and present danger.
What Is Narrative Terrorism In Kashmir
Criminal conspiracy to spread terrorism and create a false narrative. Create, sustain, and spread disaffection, hatred and enmity against the Indian State. Preserve Pakistani influence by manipulating and playing with facts. This is done subtly or brazenly, by putting information without context or out of context. This is done through selective reporting or selective exaggeration. This is done by underplaying or muting others. This is done by craftily and cunningly invoking the legal rights to press freedom and political dissent guaranteed by the very Indian State which they wanted to undermine
How Mattoo Practices Narrative Terrorism With Her Camera
Sanna Irshad Mattoo practices narrative terrorism with her camera. Proof – the photographs taken by her, posted on her social media accounts and displayed at the global platforms she can reach.
Mattoo was recently barred by the immigration authorities at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport from flying to the US despite having a valid visa and ticket. It was the second time in four months that Mattoo was stopped from flying abroad.
Earlier this year, Mattoo had been awarded the Pulitzer for the coverage of Covid-19 pandemic for Reuters. On October 25, Press Club of India (PCI) tweeted that it “failed to comprehend the Government decision” to stop Mattoo from travelling to the United States to receive the Pulitzer Prize.
Did PCI Examine Sanna Mattoo’s Work?
It seems that the august members of Press Club of India did not see what kind of photo-journalism Mattoo is engaging in. While standing up for media freedom, PCI is unaware that Mattoo engages in narrative terrorism. In her photographs, Mattoo projects India as an occupier force in Kashmir. Mattoo keeps reinforcing the stereotype of ‘Occupied Kashmir’.
This is done not just by Mattoo. Projecting India as an occupier force in Kashmir is routinely done also by some other so-called journalists and photo-journalists from the Valley.
The narrative posited by Mattoo and others in her league is highly dangerous. It deepens the anti-state sentiment among the radicalized youth of Kashmir. Vulnerable and radicalized youth believe in this propaganda and become militants, hybrid militants or Over Ground Workers (OGWs).
Romanticization of terrorism is among the reasons why a section of Kashmiri boys continue to choose violence and death. These radicalized youth get misled by the dangerous propaganda. They kill innocent people and get killed, leaving their parents wailing and without support in old age.
Swayed by narrative terrorism and other associated factors, militants or hybrid militants kill policemen or Special Police Officers (SPOs) of JK Police. They kill Kashmiri Pandits and they kill non-local labourers who choose to work in Kashmir to make a living.
Romanticizing Terrorism In The Name Of Media Freedom
Sanna Mattoo and League romanticize terrorism in the name of media freedom. All these media projections have a deep impact on indoctrinated Kashmiri boys still in their teens.
Terror in Kashmir is hand-cranked by Pakistan. Sanna Mattoo and Co whitewash the lived reality of terror in Kashmir. The terror inflicted by indoctrinated teenagers or youth is sold as “the resistance of our boys”.
For this job, Sanna Mattoo and other so-called journalists and activists are suitably rewarded with international accolades by agenda-driven global think-tanks. They move in international circuits courtesy their anti-India stance.
On ground level, the sons of poor Kashmiris bear the brunt of this chicanery.
Ending Media Duplicity In Kashmir
Regarding the refusal to Sanna Irshad Mattoo to fly out of India, PCI tweeted that Mattoo attending the Pulitzer Prize ceremony would have added to the prestige of the country. “Press Council of India demands that the government should come out clean in this matter,” PCI said on its official Twitter handle.
“On the one hand, the government is making all out effort to integrate Kashmir with the national mainstream, on the other such actions only act as deterrents and further aid in alienating people from Kashmir,” said the PCI tweet.
The Telegraph wrote on October 25: Ms Mattoo, who was not allowed to travel to the United States of America on an earlier occasion, is entitled to an explanation from the government for its spitefulness.
What is labeled as the government’s “spitefulness” is acknowledgement and action on national security, and saving the lives of innocent people.