RSS blames media for corpses floating on Ganges
In a bizarre twist, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has blamed the media for the outrage caused by images of the corpses floating on the Ganges.
The Sahapracharpramukh or joint media chief of the RSS, Narendra Kumar, blamed the media for highlighting it, saying that the same happend in 2015 and 2017 but was not related to Covid. He blamed the media for connecting the dead corpses reported recently with the Covid-19 pandemic.
In May 2021, images of corpses flaoting on the Ganges in western Bihar made it to social media and later were widely reported in the mainstream media while North India was in the thick of the second wave. The number of Covid infections, positivity rate of Covid tests and the death rate due to the pandemic were at an all-time high. The Washington Post speculated that the high cost of cremations, inflated by the pandemic death rate, led people to bury the dead in the banks. A more recent India Today report says that this is not a new practice but the number of the buried in Allahabad has possibly increased due to the pandemic deaths. The Print argues that this had also been seen during the 1918 epidemic and that the current situation led to UP and Bihar arguments over which state was responsible for it.
Interestingly, the RSS functionary made this comment during the Sanghs annual function to honour mediapersons.
In the past, this RSS media awards ceremony has stirred controversy for awarding social media tag teams that branded Indian citizens as anti-nationals.