Thursday, May 30, 2024

And then some spoke in favour of Deepa

The recent tweet of Deepa Kumar, where the Rutgers University professor declared the United States “more brutal” than the Islamic State has led to a barrage of abuse on social and mass media.

In her post, Deepa Kumar, associate professor of journalism and media studies, wrote: “Yes ISIS is brutal, but US is more so. 1.3 million killed in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.”

Daily Mail of United Kingdom termed it a “bizarre rant.” Fox News had the tag of “nutty professor” for her. The “hate” tweets and violent threats against her are all over the net. She runs a personal website: www.deepakumar.net where she gives vent to her frustration at injustices and violence around us.

This tweet by Deepa was posted way back in March. It didn’t stir up reactions until recently when hate-reactions and Fox News brought spotlight on it.  Deepa Kumar was quick to retaliate. “This is not the only case of a professor being targeted by Fox News and by the Right—in fact there’s a long history here of trying to silence and intimidate faculty who have dissenting opinion on US government and policies in the Middle East,” Kumar said in an interview. “The Only way to push back and defend myself is to be public about it.”

There has been a concerted effort to drown her voice. A visit to her Facebook page gets you acquainted with the other side, men and women who share similar views and are involved in commendable struggle against the injustices of this world.

There is Ravi Khanna of “The US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel” who applauds Deepa and states that “US wars against the Middle East are also part of its grand strategy of helping client states like Israel repress Palestinians under a brutal ongoing Occupation.”

Steve Macek of www.insidehighered.com viewed the FoxNews as “idiots” doing “one of their patented smear jobs” on Deepa Kumar.  He views US atrocities as “empirical fact.”

Nancy Welch says “When Fox News comes after you, you know you have spoken the truth.”

Bryan McCann rallied in support with “Fox News is not fit to lick the bottom of her shoe.”

Tweets in support are equally evocative. “Not a hard question to answer: who has killed more people?” tweets one.  A few others tweets: “A blatant truth,” “Fore Fathers of ISIS”, “Terrorism is their (US) war tactics.” And “ISIS is an American/Zionist industry.”

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