PM Modi draws a line: No tweet on NZ Mosque attacks; No Muslim in his campaign video

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Mass shootings at two mosques full of worshippers attending Friday prayers killed at least 49 people in Christchurch, New Zealand, while several explosive devices were defused, in what appeared to be a carefully planned racist/terror attack.

In a letter to Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern, Narendra Modi on Friday expressed “sadness” over the death of scores of people in the heinous terrorist attack while stressing India’s strong condemnation of terrorism and of all those who support such acts of violence.

However one of the fastest twitter champions, Prime Minister Modi, skipped tweeting condemnation personally about this incident. One may ask how does that matter since the official letter had already been issued.

Well let’s analyse some of Modi’s responses to global terror attacks in the past :

On October 31, 2017, an Islamist terrorist drove a rented pickup truck into cyclists and runners for about one mile of the Hudson River Park’s bike path alongside West Street from Houston Street south to Chambers Street in Lower Manhattan, New York City. The attack had killed 8 and injured 11.

From 7 to 9 January 2015, terrorist attacks occurred across the Île-de-France region, particularly in Paris. Three attackers killed a total of 17 in four shooting attacks. The attacks also wounded 22 other people.

A knife-wielding assailant driving a sport utility vehicle mowed down panicked pedestrians and stabbed a police officer outside Parliament on 23 March 2017 in a deadly assault, prompting the hasty evacuation of the prime minister; killing 4 and injuring 40 people.

On 18 June 2017, gunmen attacked Le Campement Kangaba in Dougourakoro, east of Bamako, Mali, a luxury resort frequented by tourists. Hostages were reported to have been taken and at least 5 people were reported to have been killed, including a Franco-Gabonese civilian, a Chinese citizen and a Portuguese soldier. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claimed responsibility for the attack.

On 24 August 2016, attackers who are suspected members of the Taliban stormed the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, using a car bomb and automated weapons. Thirteen people were killed, including seven university students, one policeman, three security guards at the university, and one university professor. At least 53 people were critically injured.

On 1 January 2017 a gunman shot and killed 39 people and wounded 79 others at the Reina nightclub in the Ortakoy neighbourhood of Istanbul, where hundreds had been celebrating the new year.

The above tweets kept the twitter users waiting in anticipation for a strong condemnation on Christchurch Mosque Attack by our Prime Minister from his personal handle. Not to overlook that the New Zealand terror attack also killed 5 Indians out of the total 50 reported dead.

What made Prime Minister Narendra Modi skip a personal tweet on such a ghastly attack in New Zealand? Is he playing safe condemning attack on Muslims just before the Lok Sabha Elections 2019?

A close look at his #MainBhiChowkidar campaign could seriously concern the minority in India, who did not find a place in the 3.45 minute pompous video focused on Narendra Modi.

Is our democracy writing a different script?

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