Yet Another Elephant Death & Fake Environmentalism
Today we will see how fake news is created, step by step.
Today (05 Jan 2021), a wild elephant died in an unfortunate incident in Coimbatore, where a farmer had direct high power electrical connection to his land fence.
This incident happened in a place, a few kilometres away from where the Isha Foundation center in Coimbatore is.
Already fake environmentalists and activists jumped in spreading the news that the elephant died because of the Isha Yoga Center in Coimbatore.
Step 1: Produce no proof but just make statements to that effect, just adding the images of Isha Center & Adiyogi statue — which have absolutely no relevance in the matter.
This is exactly how fake news gets sprouted and some influencers and dumb news media then picks this tweet up to parrot the same lines.
Step 2: Add more drama to the incident
Forest officials have also confirmed already in this specific case that it is private lands of a farmer.
Even the guys who peddle this fake news know the truth. It was in the land of a farmer called Durai.
But they just go about spreading the fake news about Isha anyway, because it will give them more mileage than some unknown farmer.
Then they make a fake story about imaginary troops chasing the elephant which lead to such incident.
He is making an imaginary claim about some troops of Isha chasing the elephant and asks the Foundation itself to give proofs for that.
Sigh … I think these guys have no idea called ‘burden of proof’ and who it lies with according to the law!
Step 3: Let some influencers pick it up
And the Periyarists and Dravidian ideology sympathisers obviously hate any spiritual movement in TN. So, they jump in generously with their views that though this incident happened in a private land, Isha has to be punished. What kind of logic is this? 😂😀
Now a few political parties and left leaning people pick it up directly attributing the incident to Isha Yoga Center, which had no role whatsoever in the whole episode.
Ladies and Gentlemen — congratulations, you have just witnessed the birth of a fake news!
This is the actual coverage of facts in news media..
Tusker electrocuted in paddy field near Coimbatore
A male wild elephant was found electrocuted in a paddy field at Semmedu near Pooluvapatti, around 35 km from Coimbatore…
That Isha Foundation has nothing to do with any elephant corridor and is several kilometres away from the nearest corridor is clearly proven, many times over: http://bit.ly/ElephantCorridor
Also, the NGT has in a recent order clearly observed rubbishing the claims of the Isha center occupying forest land:
“It was confirmed by the Regional Chief Conservator of Forests that there is no encroachment in the forest area by eleventh respondent.”
Unfortunately, this is the kind of malice and ill-will being spread about Isha Foundation by fake activists and vested media in Tamilnadu. It is not surprising but is still shocking.