Will the Channels That Demonised Umar Khalid Feel Responsible For the Attack on Him?

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Will the Channels That Demonised Umar Khalid Feel Responsible For the Attack on Him?

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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ullets were fired at Umar Khalid two days before Independence Day, when the country is under maximum security, just a kilometre away from the Parliament, and outside the Constitution Club, named after the document protecting free speech in our country.

While the JNU student-activist managed a narrow escape, the same could also be true for the person who shot at him with absolute impunity in broad daylight. In the days to come, the act will be rationalised. The bizarre logic that will be applied to it is that Khalid is part of the “anti-national tukde-tukde-gang,” a moniker given to him by TV journalists baying for his blood. Men and women on our screens who claim Khalid, Kanhaiya Kumar, Shehla Rashid, and anybody else who questions the government is an agent of Pakistan, who wants to partition India a second time.

It might be difficult to pinpoint who was behind the attack – but it has been easy to see who is upset with the fact that the bullet missed the mark.

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