UP CM targets “those who say Abba Jaan”

Date: 15 September 2021

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath attacked the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Kushinagar town, claiming that only those using the phrase ‘Abba Jaan’ – code for Muslims – used to get food grain rations before the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in the state.

“Did you get ration before 2017?” Adityanath asked the crowd and said, “Earlier only those who used to say ‘Abba Jaan’ [a term commonly used by Muslims to address their fathers]’ were digesting the ration. The ration meant for Kushinagar went to Nepal and Bangladesh back then.” He added that under his regime “if someone attempted to take away ration from the poor, the individual will definitely land in jail”.






Video of Rakesh Tikait uttering ‘Allah hu Akbar’ viral with misleading narrative

Date: 6 September 2021

Farmer leader and Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait addressed thousands of farmers gathered in Muzaffarnagar for a ‘Kisan Mahapanchayat’ against the centre’s farm laws on Sunday. A portion of Tikait’s speech from the rally, where he can be heard saying ‘Allah hu Akbar’, has been shared by BJP members and supporters in an attempt to portray that Tikait resorted to Muslim appeasement in the garb of farmers’ protest.

“He is fighting for Uttar Pradesh elections,” claimed BJP Delhi spokesperson Nighat Abbass.

Shefali Vaidya went to the extent of drawing parallels between Tikait and the Taliban. She reshared BJP Delhi spokesperson Ajay Sehrawat’s tweet warning the Jat community. It must be pointed out that ‘Allah hu Akbar’ means ‘God is greatest’.

“They [PM Modi and UP CM Yogi Adityanath] will work to divide, we will work to unite. We vow that even if our graves are dug, we will not quit the protest. We will continue even if we become martyrs. We will not return without winning,” said Tikait amid chants of ‘Bole So Nihal…Sat Sri Akal’.

He continued, “If the country is led by such governments, they will continue to incite riots. Slogans were chanted in the past as well during Tikait Sahab’s time [referring to his father and former BKU president Mahendra Singh Tikait]. ‘Allah hu Akbar’ (crowd chants ‘Har Har Mahadev’) ‘Allah hu Akbar’ (crowd chants ‘Har Har Mahadev’). These chants used to be raised – ‘Allah hu Akbar’ and ‘Har Har Mahadev’ – on this land and will continue to be raised. Riots will not take place here. They will work to divide, we will work to unite.”






Communal message on iD Fresh Food goes viral

Date: 7 September 2021

Fresh food brand iD Fresh is the latest victim of an incendiary and communal WhatsApp forward, which claimed that the company “mixes cow bones and calf rennet” to make the volume of its batter. iD Fresh Foods, a Bengaluru-based company, is known best for selling its idli and dosa batter. The company’s statement says that the WhatsApp forward is “misleading, false and baseless” and the company has clarified that it uses only vegetarian ingredients to make its products. 

The WhatsApp forward that has gone viral takes on a communal colour, claiming that the company “only hires Muslims” and is “halal certified,” and the only basis for this was that it is founded by PC Musthafa and his four cousins Abdul Nazer, Shamsudeen TK, Jafar TK and Noushad TA. The forward added a link about the company’s fundraising announcement in 2014 when it raised Rs 35 crore, claiming it was the country’s first V-C deal to “adhere to strict Shariah Islamic Law.”

After the message went viral, iD Fresh Foods issued an official statement dismissing it as fake, saying that the WhatsApp forward about the use of animal extracts in products is “misleading, false and baseless.”






Viral Video of Mob Attack on Minor Boy Furthers False ‘Love Jihad’ Spin

Date: 7 September 2021

A video of a group of people beating a boy in police presence over an alleged case of ‘love jihad’ went viral on social media. It was claimed that a Muslim boy had convinced a Hindu girl to elope with him in Bhopal. Facebook user Geetam Singh Chahar posted the footage with the same claim. It garnered more than 36,000 views.

An article by The New Indian Express dated September 4, states that a 16-year-old boy was thrashed in Dewas, Madhya Pradesh where he had eloped with a 12-year-old girl. Locals thought that he was Muslim and had taken her under false pretences. Alleging ‘love jihad’, the mob beat him up. The police were quoted as saying that both the boy and girl were Hindus and residents of Uttar Pradesh.

The report also mentioned that after this incident, both of them were handed over to the Uttar Pradesh police. Dewas police identified four people from the video and filed a complaint against 15 unidentified persons.

The Quint also covered the incident, and the outlet carried a screenshot of the viral video. Jansatta wrote a story as well.

“There is no ‘love jihad’ angle to this incident. Both the boy and the girl were minors and Hindus. The police have begun taking action by registering a complaint against the people who beat up the boy. Both the minors were handed over to the Uttar Pradesh police.” Dewas SP Shiv Dayal Singh explained.