In the backdrop of Supreme Court’s recent directive to the Centre in which it has asked the Centre and some states to ensure safety of Kashmiris, many are wrongly criticizing the Centre for not issuing such advisory before the apex court directive to this effect. But the fact remains that, the Centre did issue an advisory on February 16 itself to all the states asking them to take all the measures to ensure that no Kashmiris face any harassment post-Pulwama terror attack. Going by the media reports, it appears that the Supreme Court directive has made the nodal officers, who were appointed to deal with mob lynching incidents, examine the cases of attacks on Kashmiri students as well. Nevertheless, as we had explained in our earlier article Fake News and False Narratives on Kashmiri Students’ Safety: How It is Dividing India, the Centre did take immediate measures to ensure the safety of Kashmiri students, as clearly borne out by the snapshot of a media report published on February 16.
How A False Narrative Against the Centre is Spreading
The Kashmiri politicians such as Omar Abdullah of National Conference and Mehbooba Mufti of PDP, have been claiming that the Centre acted only after the Supreme Court’s directive with the administration having turned a blind eye to the issue previously. Even former bureaucrats such as Dr S Y Quraishi also have been seen supporting this narrative, which essentially argues that the Centre had failed to issue an advisory on the safety of Kashmiri students. All such misleading claims are presented below through the following tweets.
The Facts Bust the Divisive Narrative
The copy of fresh advisory by the Ministry of Home Affairs on February 22, 2019 also notes that an advisory had been issued previously on February 16.
All these evidences bust the fake narrative that the Centre had waited for Supreme Court direction to issue an advisory to the states ensuring the safety of Kashmiris. Apart from this, how can the nation forget the quick action taken by the CRPF which immediately set up a helpline. While the helpline has addressed the safety issues of Kashmiri students, its very establishment has also busted several fake news related to harassment on Kashmiris.