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Monday, April 15, 2024

‘Pakistan Zindabad’ echoes in India

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Navjot Singh Sidhu once again got castigated by the Indian Media on Sunday, as people in his rally chanted slogans of “Pakistan Zindabad”. His continuous media trial by an increasingly right-wing media casts doubt on peace overture by Pakistan as well as the overall political environment in India.

The Cricketer-turned-politician was addressing a rally in Rajasthan India when hundreds of people expressed their affection for Pakistan; pertaining to the ground-breaking ceremony of Kartarpur corridor, Sidhu had attended in Pakistan.

This gave Indian media another chance to stir venom and hate against Navjot Sidhu, only because he has categorically appreciated the efforts of Pakistan in bringing peace to the region by always being first to extend an olive branch to India.

Sidhu came a victim of a media witch hunt in India when he attended the oath-taking ceremony of Prime Minister Imran Khan which he said was a message of love, peace, and friendship. Not only that, his hug with Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on the occasion was seen as a ‘threat’ in India.

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Since then, Sidhu, unfortunately, has been the under severe attack on India social and electronic media. Instead of seeing the gesture as positive and goodwill, a certain extremist segment inside Indian society has launched a campaign against Sindhu.





It is very rational to understand that since Pakistan has fulfilled the earnest desire of the Sikh Community by opening the Kartarpur passage, the appreciation from a Sikh politician for Pakistan is conventional and nothing like propaganda against India.

Instead of spewing hatred against people who aim to bring stability in the region, the Indian media should play its part of social responsibility to aid the peace process and not to be a hindrance.