Kerala diocese releases book warning Christians of Muslim conspiracies

Date:  18 September 2021

Days after a Catholic bishop in Kerala triggered a row with his claim that there is an organised “narcotic jihad” targeting non-Muslims, a diocese under the Syro-Malabar Church brought out a catechism textbook with several defamatory and derogatory statements against Islam.The book was published by the Catholic diocese of Thamarassery and is intended for students of Classes X to XII. Apart from making unsubstantiated claims about ‘love jihad’, the book also claimed that Muslim clerics performed black magic to trap Christian women. It pegged ‘love jihad’ as one of the most important weapons in conversion and claimed that it took place in nine stages. The book claims that this is an organised activity, and warns the youth against accepting invitations for events from Muslims, two-wheeler rides, and even visits to ice cream parlours. It also claimed that Allah as believed by Muslims has features similar to Satan about whom Bible has warned believers.




Indian School in Oman uses image of Muslim man in question about terrorists

Date: 16 September 2021

Zeeb Indian School in Oman came under fire for a question posed during a test meant for EVS students of Class 2. Out of four options, the students were asked to pick one “who is not a community helper”. One of the options is given the title “terrorist”, with an accompanying picture of a man who is clearly Muslim, with a cap, beard and the mark of Islamic prayer on his forehead. In the same paper, the school skipped the ‘Dr’ ahead of Dr B R Ambedkar’s name.




Aaditya Thackeray’s 2019 photo cherry-picked to falsely allege ‘Muslim appeasement’

Date: 8 September 2021

A photo of a billboard featuring Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray was shared by BJP members and supporters to show him ‘appeasing’ the Muslim community. The billboard has a picture of Thackeray on a green background waving to people and a text in Urdu (سلام ورلی) that translates to ‘hello’. A reverse-image search of the photo takes one to an article published by News18 in 2019 about Aaditya Thackeray filing his nomination papers for the Maharashtra polls in Worli. The article has pictures of the billboard in question and other similar billboards with different background colours and texts in varied languages reading ‘hello’. The one in Gujarat reads ‘Kem Cho Worli’ while the Telugu and Hindi texts say ‘Namaste Worli’.

The billboard that carries Urdu text was cherry-picked to give a false perception that Thackeray was appeasing Muslims when, in fact, he was appealing to people from different communities. The disinformation also brings forth the demonisation and communalisation of Urdu. 




Hate campaign in Kerala against Muslim-owned food company

Date: 18 September 2021

Ajmi Foods, a Kerala-based food company, was subjected to an intense hate campaign with allegations that the company had organized the protests that took place against the Bishop of Pala, who had come under fire for accusing Muslims of conducting ‘narcotic jihad’. The messages against the company were being propagated by extreme Chrisitan groups and Sangh Parivar affiliates. Another allegation being posted was that the company used different vehicles to distribute to Muslim-dominated and other areas. Some of the posts also alleged that one of the owners of the company was an accused in an old case where a teacher’s hand was hacked for an examination paper that disrespected Prophet Mohammed. The company denied all allegations and stated that they had filed complaints against the false campaign.




Urdu journalist assaulted at temple demolition protest site

Date: 17 September 2021

A Mysuru-based Urdu newspaper journalist was allegedly assaulted during a protest by the Hindu Jagarana Vedike.

The members of the outfit were protesting against the demolition of temples at the North gate of Mysore Palace and the demolition of Adishakti Mahadevamma temple at Huchgani village in Nanjangud taluk in the district recently.

Mohammed Safdar Kaiser, chief editor of ‘The Daily Kausar’, a local Urdu newspaper, was recording the speech of Vedike general secretary Jagadish Karanth when members of the outfit raised an objection to recording the event. They demanded Kaiser to delete the recording and manhandled him on the spot, according to the police.

The police present at the spot rushed to rescue the journalist and took him inside a room near the Kote Anjaneya Swamy temple in front of the Mysuru palace premises while the enraged members of the outfit made repeated bids to hit him with sticks.

Speaking to, Kaiser said, “I was there to cover the protest and was recording a video like other reporters. A few protesters asked me for my identity card and I asked them why they are asking only me? They didn’t listen to me and started attacking me. I was shocked that for no reason they started attacking me.”




Fake tweet shows Akhilesh Yadav promising Babri Masjid construction

Date: 13 September 2021

The Uttar Pradesh assembly elections will be conducted in early 2022 and political misinformation ahead of the polls have begun making the rounds. A screenshot of an alleged tweet by Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav has been shared online. “If our government comes to power in Uttar Pradesh, we promise our Muslim brothers that we will reconstruct the Babri Masjid at the same place the Ram Mandir is being built today,” the purported tweet reads. 

Alt News performed a keyword search using the text in the alleged tweet. However, they could not find any such post on Akhilesh Yadav’s Twitter timeline.Archive websites (, too did not render results. Moreover, the tweet in the photo was found to be misaligned, as compared to an original tweet. Had Akhilesh Yadav made such a controversial statement on Ram Mandir, it would have garnered widespread media coverage. A lack of reports further points that the tweet is fake. Over the past few years, Yadav has not criticised the Supreme Court’s verdict. In 2019, he had tweeted that decisions that bring people closer, make us better human beings and last year he said that he will visit the temple with his family once the construction is completed.