Exposing the biased reportage done by the western media on the ground situation in Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, on Friday, stated that the western media was unaware of the temporary nature of Article 370 while speaking at the World Economic Summit at New Delhi. He stated that media was new to the fact of the misalignment of Kashmir and Centre's laws. He called out their one-sided reportage terming it 'black-and-white' picture. He also expressed relief at keeping his perspective in the open which was accepted by many.
"Article 370 was a temporary article of the Constitution. The Kashmir issue was in my debate in the US. The fact of misalignment that many of our national laws did not apply in the Jammu-Kashmir state was new to them (media). The press normally gives a black-and-white picture on issues, based on preconceptions that people have. The press likes to shape the narrative in some way. It was great to talk to people in an open manner and give people our perspective. In many cases, I saw people absorbing that and hopefully, they (media) agree," he said.
Earlier on September 26, a CRPF officer busted the fake western media's news propagated by journalist Rana Ayyub about young boys being tortured in Kashmir as fictitious. He called out Ayyub's belief in the western media's biased reporting. Referring to the article shared by Ayyub, he called it baseless reportage. He stated that no one has been tortured in Kashmir and condemned her denial to belive in Army and government's reports.
Previously during Eid celebrations in the Valley, mischievous elements had continuously propagated fake news about violence in the Valley, inspite of Centre's statements on normalcy in Kashmir. Calling out the fake news peddled regarding the situation of Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370, the CRF had aid that these are 'baseless and untrue'. The CRPF spokesperson had added that all forces were working for bonhomie in the state. Republic TV had shown pictures from the ground in which security forces were seen celebrating Eid with locals, peacefully.
Meanwhile, the Centre has stated that the situation in Kashmir is slowly being restored back to normalcy. On last Sunday, the weekly flea market in Srinagar had attracted a large number of vendors, who set up their stalls, inspite of various main markets and other business establishments still shut, according to PTI. While traffic has been seen increasing in the Valley, public transport is still not functional, as informed by authorities. While landline connections have been restored completely, internet and cell connections too have been restored to most parts of the Valley, according to Kashmir administration, while economic activity too has picked up, as stated by authorities. Schools have also opened in the Valley and attendance has been gradually rising. The state administration has been giving regular reports about medical facilities functional in the Valley.