The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind while paying his tributes to the victims of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks on its Ninth Anniversary said people must resolve to take on, defeat and eliminate terrorism in all forms. He also stressed that all Indians mourn with the families who lost their dear ones while also recalling with gratitude the security personnel who gave their lives in the battle against evil.
It may be recalled that about 166 people were killed and more than 300 injured when the terrorists of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba launched a series of attack on India's commercial capital on November 26, 2008 targeting the Taj.
Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Damodardas Modi in his monthly radio programme -Mann Ki Baat had salute all those brave women and men who lost their lives in the gruesome 26/11 attacks in Mumbai. Terrorism has become a global burden he said.
Modi pointed out that India has been raising the issue of terror for the last four decades in the global platforms. Initially, the world did not take us seriously but now the world is realising the destructive aspects of terrorism, while the whole world needs to come together to be able to defeat this threat on humanity.
Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis while paying his tributes assureed that State Police are now much better equipped, at the same time better coordinating team have been established.
The district administrations not only of Maharashtra but across the nation have geared up their paramilitary forces to protect their respective states and public. However, till date neither the government nor the masses, particularly the media practitioners is yet to acknowledge that if the media would have been more sensitive to such national emergency, particularly the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, the nation would not have lost the Brave hearts.
The media, particularly the electronic media on that unfortunate incident, made all attempt to telecast live, most media house have embedded their crew in the site, unknowingly their live telecast following the Police Operation outside the Taj as the terrorists’ siege the inmates of the hotel could monitor the movement of the police through television live telecast managed to hit the target- the Indian Brave Hearts.
It is time the media practitioners introspects the role of media, not forgetting the duty Under Clause (2) of Article 19 (I) which states about security of the State, as the similar blunder was repeated by the media practitioners during the 2016 Uri attack, where the sensitive locations of the defences was exposed by the media, enabling the invaders to pin-point the target which have cost the nation heavy.
In the case of North Eastern region, often considered as a Sensitive region due to militancy activities and its proximity to International Boarders, yet recently within 60 days two journalists were killed in different situation in Tripura.
The first was the brutal killing of 28 year old journalist Shantanu Bhowmik during the melee between members of Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) and CPI-M’s tribal wing Tripura Rajaer Upajati Ganamukti Parishad (TRUGP) which had gathered at Mandai in Western Tripura after a series of violent attacks across the state has exposed the threat to the working journalists in the state in particular and North Eastern region in general.
That incident have tarnished the good name of the Left Front led by the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) government in Tripura of Manik Sarkar, after it tamed the militancy activities in the state, has always been a hot-spot for media across the nation for its various achievements in literacy, development of infrastructure, promotion of art and crafts of the state.
The other incident where a senior journalist, Sudip Datta Bhowmik, 50 years old, was gunned down on November 21, 2017 by a Tripura State Rifles (TSR) trooper of Second Battalion Rifleman Nandu Kumar Reang during an altercation in western Tripura, raising political tensions and triggering widespread anger. The slain journalist went to meet Second Battalion Commandant Tapan Debbarma at headquarters some 25 km north of Agartala with prior appointment.
Both the incident also demands the media practitioners in the region to introspect the working condition in the sensitive location, at the same time maintained the journalistic ethic while performing the duty, which will not only ensures security and safety for self, but for the nation at the same time.