What Ravish Kumar says about Rakesh Tikait now is different from his views in 2013

7th September 2021

7th September 2021

Ravish Kumar, the NDTV India anchor, could be embarrassed and shown up as practicing convenient journalism by what he says about farmer leader Rakesh Tikait now to what he said about the latter during the Muzaffarnagar riots in 2013. 

In a show yesterday, Ravish Kumar presented Rakesh Tikait as a crusader of sorts in forging Hindu-Muslim unity that he says has come under severe strain since 2014 when the BJP came to power in Centre. 

“Since 2014, the communal harmony between Hindus and Muslims have been vitiated. Leaders like Rakesh Tikait and other farmer leaders are forging Hindu-Muslim unity through farmer protests. The Prime Minister should devote his time meeting them and placate their concerns,” Kumar pontificated. 

Now listen to his views in 2013 (below) when he had launched a broadside against Tikait and accused him of inflaming communal tensions. He had accused Tikait of inciting Hindu-Muslim riots to destabilise the Akhilesh Yadav government in Uttar Pradesh. 

“There was a meeting organised in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar that seems to have stoked tensions in the region. What was discussed in the meeting was not made public but the police said they had filed FIR against 4 BJP leaders, two BKU leaders, Rakesh Tikait and Narendra Tikait, and a Congress leader for inflammatory speeches,” he said. 

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