Certain usual suspects when it comes to pouring scorn on the activities and achievements of India were unable to carry out a similar undertaking to their full capacity on Wednesday when the Press Club of India in New Delhi barred them from screening videos and showing pictures they claimed to be from Kashmir amid the ongoing situation in the aftermath of the abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35A.
On the eve of India's 73rd Independence Day, the attempt to run down India's Kashmir integration which comes at a time when a devious fake news campaign is being run by Pakistan is hardly surprising given that the same people have regularly and unfailingly resorted to negativity against the country.
Listed below are a few instances when they have resorted to anti-India campaigning:
Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) leader and activist Kavita Krishnan, who was present at the Press Club of India when she was barred from screening her documentary, has continuously ruled negatively on social media over Indian matters, most recently being on the abrogation of Article 370 and Kashmir's integration in India, but also sparing tweets over the past few weeks on PM Modi's 'Man Vs Wild' episode, Harbhajan Singh's tweet celebrating India's Chandrayaan-2 launch, and the German envoy's visit to the RSS HQ.
Vimal Bhai, leader of the National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM), has repeatedly offered negative commentary against the country. From rubbishing India's space prowess in the Chandrayaan-2 launch to the UAPA Bill and the Kashmir issue, Vimal Bhai on at least 7 different issues has spoken against India on social media in the last 40 days.
In the past 4 months, economist and activist Jean Drèze has run India down at least on 4 different occasions. From alleging that Indians are "misemployed" to saying that democracy is "shrinking", Jean Dreze has left no stone unturned in criticising India in the international discourse. Having been a part of 4 different anti-India campaigns in the past 4 years, Dreze is notably the same man who in November last year shunned India’s UNSC permanent membership aims by saying “It is mostly the privileged classes that are thinking in those terms. I don't think the rickshaw-wala cares if India has a seat at the UN Security Council.". From pro-Yakub Memon petitions in 2015 to protests in favour of alleged Urban Naxals in 2018, Jean Dreze is an ever-present at such protests.
A leader of Communist Party of India (Marxist) and a part of the All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA), Maimoona Mollah has attempted to pour cold water over the abrogation of Article 370 multiple times in the past few days. She was an active campaigner against the Triple Talaq law, saying there was "no urgency" and was among those who took to the streets in December 2018 over castist matters, claiming without any significant substantiation that "Dalits have increasingly become vulnerable under the government" and accused the Bajrang Dal and RSS of sidelining values that are held sacred in the constitution.