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Twitter blasts Zee News’ Sudhir Chaudhary on #ZameenJihad

Sabrangindia 12 Mar 2020

Peddling hate seems to have become Zee News editor Sudhir Chaudhary’s favorite thing to do. After attempting to give a earful to Delhi residents for only caring about free things and personal issues (supporting the Aam Aadmi Party) government and overlooking the national issues of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, Balakot air strokes and the abrogation of Article 370 (the issues that BJP asked for votes on), he is back at it again, on his show Daily News and Analysis, coining a new term – “Zameen Jihad”.

 

While most of the responsible Indian and international media picked up issues related to Jyotiraditya Scindia’s exit from the Congress and the rapidly spreading Coronavirus respectively, Sudhir Chaudhary was looking to divert attention from the real issues to an anti-Muslim, communal hate peddling agenda.

 

Showing his viewers a ‘Jihad ka diagram’ he went on to explain viewers the Roshni Act according to which he said, “25,000 people were rehabilitated on government land in Jammu, while 5,000 in Kashmir.”

Advocate Ankush Sharma who petitioned against the alleged land scam said that 1 million to 1.5 million kanals of forest land was given to the encroachers under the Act in Jammu and that 85-90%t of the beneficiaries were likely to be Muslims.

His basic intention of doing the program was to say that 90 percent of Muslims were dominated in a Hindu-dominated Jammu. This, he claimed was a conspiracy to capture government land and change the demography in terms of religion.

“Just like love jihad, our country is also witness to zameen jihad in Jammu and Kashmir, he said, adding, “Sarkari zameen par kabza kar ke aabadi ka dharam ke aadhaar par badal dene ki saajish ki jaa rahi hai.”

He then went to explain how there were two types of Jihad – Hard Jihad and Soft Jihad further ‘educating’ his viewers by saying, “Hard Jihad includes Population Jihad, Love Jihad, Land Jihad, Education Jihad, Victim Jihad and Direct Jihad, while Soft Jihad includes Economic Jihad, History Jihad, Media Jihad, Movies and Songs Jihad and Secular Jihad.”

The program drew a lot of ire on Twitter, with journalists from other publications and the general Twitterati denounced Chaudhary’s views.

Throughout the program, he kept talking about #ZameenJihad, and how his was the only channel that would talk about this ‘real’ issue. The hashtag received more than 30,000 tweets mainly from the right-wing Hindu population who hailed Chaudhary’s programming and supported his claim.

Chaudhary did chest thump about his newly coined hashtag reaching the number 1 spot in India saying that the topic that he raised was close to people’s hearts, but the media ignored them.

However, it has come to light that Chaudhary’s diagram was nicked from a Facebook page called “Boycott Halal in India” – page that is aimed at spreading conspiracy theories.

Sudhir Chaudhary

The question now is, will Zee News be pulled up (censored) for its polarising content by the Central government? It must be noted that the Centre had banned news channels Asianet and Media One for their coverage of the Delhi violence saying it could ‘enhance communal disharmony’ across the country.

So, in the same vein, will Sudhir Chaudhary and his news channel be penalised forviolations of Cable TV Regulation rules and blatantly spreading hate against the minorities?

 

 

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Twitter blasts Zee News’ Sudhir Chaudhary on #ZameenJihad

Speaking about the Roshni Act and how it benefited only Muslims, Chaudhary went to show a ‘jihad a diagram’.

Peddling hate seems to have become Zee News editor Sudhir Chaudhary’s favorite thing to do. After attempting to give a earful to Delhi residents for only caring about free things and personal issues (supporting the Aam Aadmi Party) government and overlooking the national issues of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, Balakot air strokes and the abrogation of Article 370 (the issues that BJP asked for votes on), he is back at it again, on his show Daily News and Analysis, coining a new term – “Zameen Jihad”.

 

While most of the responsible Indian and international media picked up issues related to Jyotiraditya Scindia’s exit from the Congress and the rapidly spreading Coronavirus respectively, Sudhir Chaudhary was looking to divert attention from the real issues to an anti-Muslim, communal hate peddling agenda.

 

Showing his viewers a ‘Jihad ka diagram’ he went on to explain viewers the Roshni Act according to which he said, “25,000 people were rehabilitated on government land in Jammu, while 5,000 in Kashmir.”

Advocate Ankush Sharma who petitioned against the alleged land scam said that 1 million to 1.5 million kanals of forest land was given to the encroachers under the Act in Jammu and that 85-90%t of the beneficiaries were likely to be Muslims.

His basic intention of doing the program was to say that 90 percent of Muslims were dominated in a Hindu-dominated Jammu. This, he claimed was a conspiracy to capture government land and change the demography in terms of religion.

“Just like love jihad, our country is also witness to zameen jihad in Jammu and Kashmir, he said, adding, “Sarkari zameen par kabza kar ke aabadi ka dharam ke aadhaar par badal dene ki saajish ki jaa rahi hai.”

He then went to explain how there were two types of Jihad – Hard Jihad and Soft Jihad further ‘educating’ his viewers by saying, “Hard Jihad includes Population Jihad, Love Jihad, Land Jihad, Education Jihad, Victim Jihad and Direct Jihad, while Soft Jihad includes Economic Jihad, History Jihad, Media Jihad, Movies and Songs Jihad and Secular Jihad.”

The program drew a lot of ire on Twitter, with journalists from other publications and the general Twitterati denounced Chaudhary’s views.

Throughout the program, he kept talking about #ZameenJihad, and how his was the only channel that would talk about this ‘real’ issue. The hashtag received more than 30,000 tweets mainly from the right-wing Hindu population who hailed Chaudhary’s programming and supported his claim.

Chaudhary did chest thump about his newly coined hashtag reaching the number 1 spot in India saying that the topic that he raised was close to people’s hearts, but the media ignored them.

However, it has come to light that Chaudhary’s diagram was nicked from a Facebook page called “Boycott Halal in India” – page that is aimed at spreading conspiracy theories.

Sudhir Chaudhary

The question now is, will Zee News be pulled up (censored) for its polarising content by the Central government? It must be noted that the Centre had banned news channels Asianet and Media One for their coverage of the Delhi violence saying it could ‘enhance communal disharmony’ across the country.

So, in the same vein, will Sudhir Chaudhary and his news channel be penalised forviolations of Cable TV Regulation rules and blatantly spreading hate against the minorities?

 

 

Related:

Regime fails to muzzle the watchdog

CJP urges NBSA to inquire into Aaj Tak's communal programming

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More than 100 groups in Assam voice opposition to Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016

11 May 2018
The joint parliamentary committee on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 is on a visit to Northeast India, beginning with a meeting in Guwahati, Assam on Monday, May 7. The committee is comprised of 16 members, and led by Lok Sabha MP from Meerut, Rajendra Agrawal. Now, representatives from more than 100 organisations submitted memorandums to the committee opposing the proposed amendments, which would pave the way to obtain citizenship for those from specific minority communities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan who entered India illegally. The bill mentions the minorities eligible under this: Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains, Christians, and Parsis. Notably, the bill covers only non-Muslim minorities. 

As per 1955’s Citizenship Act, those who entered India with valid paperwork can pursue citizenship if they have lived in India for 11 of the last 14 years. The proposed amendment indicates that those belonging to the above mentioned communities need only to have lived in India for six years

On Monday, May 7, other than the groups who met with the committee to raise their objections, several thousand people from areas in the Brahmaputra valley gathered at the Assam Administrative Staff College, where the meeting was held, to protest against the Bill. Multiple placards bore the words, "Foreigners are foreigners irrespective of religion". 

Prahlad Gogoi from Lakhimpur, on the Brahmaputra’s north bank, said, "We took so many people till 1971," adding, "We just can’t take anymore". 1971’s Bangladesh War was a politically contentious matter, and the All Assam Students’ Union spearheaded a movement against foreigners, which culminated in 1985’s Assam Accord. As per the accord, any individual who entered Assam following the midnight of March 24, or, following the start of the Bangladesh War, would be considered an illegal immigrant, regardless of their religion. 

Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, who at the time of signing the Accord was president of the All Assam Students’ Union, and Biraj Sarma, then general secretary of the Asom Gana Parishad, met with the committee. Mahanta previously served as Assam’s Chief Minister. Their memorandum contended that the amendment is an attack on the Assam Accord, and said that if the Bill is passed in its current form "the very purpose of the Assam Accord would be gutted". 

Atul Bora, president of the Asom Gana Parishad said the bill would harm India’s secular fabric, and make indigenous Assamese people a "linguistic minority" in their own state. Bora also noted that the Bill would effectively make Assam’s undertaking of updating its National Register of Citizenship pointless. The Congress, which also submitted a memorandum to the committee, also had a similar concern. Other organisations opposing the Bill that met with the committee include the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti farmers’ organisation (KMSS), the All Assam Minority Students’ Union, and the North East Indigenous People’s Forum. 

On Sunday, May 6, KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi questioned, "Will Assamese people become minorities in their own state? Will Assamese language be replaced with Bengali as the official language? Such fears among the indigenous people in Assam will become reality if we all do not stand strongly against the bill. The BJP and RSS are sponsoring several organisations in Assam so that they don't oppose the bill," adding, "According to a report by former governor S.K. Sinha, 75 lakh Bangladeshi Hindus had entered Assam between 1971 and 1989. If the bill is passed, they will become citizens of Assam. All foreigners, irrespective of religion and caste, who came to Assam after 1971 must be detected and deported," 

The joint parliamentary committee was scheduled to travel to the Barak Valley after this, where the residents are primarily Bengali, and are anticipated to support the Bill, differing from those in the Brahmaputra Valley.

Image Courtesy Scroll.in
 

More than 100 groups in Assam voice opposition to Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016

The joint parliamentary committee on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 is on a visit to Northeast India, beginning with a meeting in Guwahati, Assam on Monday, May 7. The committee is comprised of 16 members, and led by Lok Sabha MP from Meerut, Rajendra Agrawal. Now, representatives from more than 100 organisations submitted memorandums to the committee opposing the proposed amendments, which would pave the way to obtain citizenship for those from specific minority communities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan who entered India illegally. The bill mentions the minorities eligible under this: Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains, Christians, and Parsis. Notably, the bill covers only non-Muslim minorities. 

As per 1955’s Citizenship Act, those who entered India with valid paperwork can pursue citizenship if they have lived in India for 11 of the last 14 years. The proposed amendment indicates that those belonging to the above mentioned communities need only to have lived in India for six years

On Monday, May 7, other than the groups who met with the committee to raise their objections, several thousand people from areas in the Brahmaputra valley gathered at the Assam Administrative Staff College, where the meeting was held, to protest against the Bill. Multiple placards bore the words, "Foreigners are foreigners irrespective of religion". 

Prahlad Gogoi from Lakhimpur, on the Brahmaputra’s north bank, said, "We took so many people till 1971," adding, "We just can’t take anymore". 1971’s Bangladesh War was a politically contentious matter, and the All Assam Students’ Union spearheaded a movement against foreigners, which culminated in 1985’s Assam Accord. As per the accord, any individual who entered Assam following the midnight of March 24, or, following the start of the Bangladesh War, would be considered an illegal immigrant, regardless of their religion. 

Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, who at the time of signing the Accord was president of the All Assam Students’ Union, and Biraj Sarma, then general secretary of the Asom Gana Parishad, met with the committee. Mahanta previously served as Assam’s Chief Minister. Their memorandum contended that the amendment is an attack on the Assam Accord, and said that if the Bill is passed in its current form "the very purpose of the Assam Accord would be gutted". 

Atul Bora, president of the Asom Gana Parishad said the bill would harm India’s secular fabric, and make indigenous Assamese people a "linguistic minority" in their own state. Bora also noted that the Bill would effectively make Assam’s undertaking of updating its National Register of Citizenship pointless. The Congress, which also submitted a memorandum to the committee, also had a similar concern. Other organisations opposing the Bill that met with the committee include the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti farmers’ organisation (KMSS), the All Assam Minority Students’ Union, and the North East Indigenous People’s Forum. 

On Sunday, May 6, KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi questioned, "Will Assamese people become minorities in their own state? Will Assamese language be replaced with Bengali as the official language? Such fears among the indigenous people in Assam will become reality if we all do not stand strongly against the bill. The BJP and RSS are sponsoring several organisations in Assam so that they don't oppose the bill," adding, "According to a report by former governor S.K. Sinha, 75 lakh Bangladeshi Hindus had entered Assam between 1971 and 1989. If the bill is passed, they will become citizens of Assam. All foreigners, irrespective of religion and caste, who came to Assam after 1971 must be detected and deported," 

The joint parliamentary committee was scheduled to travel to the Barak Valley after this, where the residents are primarily Bengali, and are anticipated to support the Bill, differing from those in the Brahmaputra Valley.

Image Courtesy Scroll.in
 

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