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The Wire calls Nationalism as toxic and suspects Uri attack

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Shubham Singh
Masters in Political Science. Writes on government policies and social issues. He can be reached on shubhamin94@gmail.com

The trailer of the much-awaited film ‘Uri’, based on Uri attack and it’s revenge, the historic surgical strikes has finally been released. It was 18 September 2016 when Indian Army base camp in Uri (J&K) was attacked by 4 terrorists, which took lives of 19 soldiers of Indian Army. The 4 terrorists were also neutralized. This attack was very big loss for the Indian Army.

Everyone was in shock after the Uri attack and were demanding for action. Revenge was required to be taken and within 11 days after the attack, ‘Surgical Strikes’ were conducted against the Pakistani forces and terrorists on 29 September 2016, which took the entire nation as well as the world by storm.

Movie trailer got 7.5 million views on this platform in just 1 day. It has been directed by Aditya Dhar and produced by Ronnie Screwala and set to release on January 11, 2019 starring Vicky Kaushal, Paresh Rawal, Yami Gautam etc Film is a tribute to the soldiers who sacrificed their lives and for the valour of the soldiers who conducted surgical strike.

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The Wire recently published an article in which it tried to tell that ‘Uri’ never happened. It called the trailer as a medium of promotion for BJP. What more we can expect from such groups who are a part of ‘Yellow Journalism’ itself. The Wire was also the part of the group which was demanding proof of the ‘Surgical Strike’.

The Wire has tried to set a propaganda against any film of Nationalism and Patriotism. Article written by Tanya Jha says , ‘Uri’ trailer is a symbol of how ‘toxic’ the ‘hyper-nationalism’ campaign has become. Further says that “The film’s timing will help the BJP market the surgical strike in the 2019 elections as its unique contribution to Indian security — a claim belied by similar army actions taken under previous governments. The fact that a key official shown in the trailer is a dead ringer for national security adviser Ajit Doval is a giveaway”.

Article have explicitly attempted to downplay the terror attack and Indian Army’s image. As it mentions “Uri is based on the 2016 surgical strikes carried out by the Indian army in retaliation to an alleged terror attack in Kashmir.”

Article mentions “From a blaring background score to beast-like soldiers who want nothing but the enemy’s blood, this war film is another addition to several other military dramas that are cashing in on our contemporary hyper-nationalism”.

This type of Journalism is not new with The Wire, it has did this multiple times in past.

It’s not only the alone, there are many others which are in the same category doing the same type of journalism. There are certain ethics which are required to be followed. Interference of any ideology is quite dangerous, distorting the facts or spreading any propaganda develops distrust in people.

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Shubham Singh
Masters in Political Science. Writes on government policies and social issues. He can be reached on shubhamin94@gmail.com
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