In the aftermath of 20 Indian soldiers and 43 Chinese troops being killed in a face-off in the Gulwan Valley in Ladakh on Monday night, a video featuring a prominent news anchor went viral on social media.
In the clip, the 'Aaj Tak' journalist Sweta Singh put the blame of the Ladakh skirmish squarely on the Indian Army. "The opposition parties must realise that this isn't the situation which is over and you're asking questions. If you question that the Chinese troops streamed into our land and we were twiddling our thumbs, this is not a question on the government but on the army as it is responsible for patrolling the LAC, not the government," she said.
Watch how Sweta Singh of Aaj Tak gives clean chit to Modi and blames the Indian Army!— Srivatsa (@srivatsayb) June 16, 2020
She is being loyal to her paymasters and proving that for her, Modi's image is more important than India
How much more shameless can the Indian media get?pic.twitter.com/9y4zKKtZSl
Many netizens took to Twitter to slam her for blaming the Army to save the face of the government.
पूरा विडियो लगाने में डर गए? “अगर एक राजनीतिक पार्टी पेट्रोलिंग पर आरोप लगाती है तो आक्षेप सेना पर होता है” पूरी पार्टी के ट्रोल लगा दो, फ़र्क़ नहीं पड़ता। मुझे ये कहने में डर नहीं लगता कि सेना को राजनीति में घसीटना ग़लत है। https://t.co/qxzc6Tw3KC pic.twitter.com/dNEZdE5Ccz— Sweta Singh (@SwetaSinghAT) June 16, 2020
In her defence, Sweta put out another tweet claiming that it was a deliberately clipped video. She posted the entire video and claimed that she wasn't raising doubts about the competence of the Army but on the conduct of the opposition during the crisis.