387 ‘Moplah martyrs’ to be removed from the Dictionary of Martyrs of India’s Freedom Struggle

Date: 22 August 2021

Malabar Rebellion leaders Variamkunnath Kunhamed Haji, Ali Musaliar and 387 other “Moplah martyrs” will be removed from the Dictionary of Martyrs of India’s Freedom Struggle. A three-member panel, which reviewed the entries in the fifth volume of the dictionary, brought out by the Indian Council for Historical Research (ICHR), is understood to have recommended the deletion as it felt that the 1921 rebellion was never part of the independence struggle but a fundamentalist movement focused on religious conversion. None of the slogans raised by the rioters were in favour of nationalism and anti-British in content, it noted. Incidentally, RSS leader Ram Madhav, at a meeting to commemorate the victims of the rebellion, had stated that the movement was one of the first manifestations of the Taliban mindset in India. However, Speaker M.B. Rajesh described Haji as a warrior who refused to tender an apology to the British and chose martyrdom over deportation to Mecca. A film announced with actor Prithviraj donning the role of Haji last year had created an uproar with Sangh Parivar outfits coming out against it. They had termed it as an attempt to whitewash a rioter.






After Muslim bangle seller thrashed in public, TV anchor gives false ‘love jihad’ angle

Date: 23 August 2021

On 22 August, a 25-year-old bangle seller was beaten up in public in Indore by a mob accusing him of selling in a “Hindu area” and using a name that did not sound Muslim. On the channel News18 MP Chhattisgarh, the anchor wondered if Tasleem could have saved himself from getting thrashed had he not changed his name. The anchor repeatedly stated during the broadcast that the issue is very complex now that a “love jihad” angle has been discovered. However, he offered no proof of these accusations. The show was pushed on social media with assertions like “selling bangles is an excuse for love jihad!”, “what is the bangle seller’s religion?”, “did he change his name for love jihad?”.






Fake news claims Islamic prayers were offered at Indira Gandhi’s funeral

Date: 25 August 2021

A photograph viral on social media was shared with the claim that it depicted Rajiv and Rahul Gandhi offering Islamic prayers at Indira Gandhi’s funeral. The caption shared with the image reads, “इन्दिरा की लाश के सामने राहुल और राजीव गांधी कलमा पढ रहे हैं फिर भी हमारे देश के लोगों को लगता है कि ये लोग ब्राह्मण हैं। (Even though Rahul and Rajiv Gandhi offered Islamic prayers in front of Indira Gandhi’s dead body, people say they are Brahmins.)” Youth worker at the BJP, Manoj Kumar Rana, had shared the photograph in February 2020. His post had received 17,000 shares then. The photograph does not depict Indira Gandhi’s funeral. The photograph was shot at the funeral of Pashtun independence activist Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, popularly known as Bacha Khan or ‘Frontier Gandhi’. Bacha Khan had passed away on January 20, 1988. A New York Times report published the next day had written that the Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi visited Peshawar to pay tributes to Khan. Former Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi died on October 31, 1984, and the family followed Hindu traditions at her cremation. 






Muslim family beaten, told to ‘go to Pakistan’

Date: 24 August 2021


Rajasthan police booked five Hindu men under charges including IPC 153 – A (promoting enmity on grounds of religion) for attacking a Muslim family.

The police action came after a video of a Muslim nomad family being brutally kicked and told to go to Pakistan by the Hindu men, went viral on social media. 

The episode of anti-Muslim violence happened in Chandra Vardai nagar in Rajasthan’s Ajmer. “Go to Pakistan. You will get alms there. You won’t get anything here,” an assailant says as he slaps the Muslim man and his two children, a boy and a girl.

The accused were booked under Section 153 – A (promoting enmity on grounds of religion), 295 A (deliberate, malicious intention of outraging religious beliefs), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 341 (wrongful restraint) of the Indian Penal Code.

The five men are Lalit Sharma, 40; Surendra, 32; Tejpal, 27; Rohit Sharma, 32; and Shailendra Tank, 31.

The five accused were earlier arrested under Section 151 CrPC (arrest to prevent the commission of cognizable offences). The police had taken five people into preventive custody. A day after, all were released.






Muslim tanga drivers hounded after false claim of painting Pakistan flag

Date: 26 August 2021

A Muslim tanga (horse-pulled rickshaw) driver from Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow was forced to chant ‘Jai Hind‘ and ‘Pakistan murdabad‘ after he allegedly painted a Pakistani flag on his rickshaw. The driver has also been accused of chanting the slogan ‘Pakistan zindabad‘. In an over 2-minute-long video, which has gone viral, driver Noor Alam was confronted by an unidentified man about the Pakistani flag painted on his rickshaw. In response, Alam can be heard saying: “I never paid attention, it has been painted on the carriage like this for more than 20 years now.” The video was posted by a Twitter account called ‘Kreately.in’ and garnered over 1,400 likes and has been retweeted more than 1,300 times.

Alam was then forced to say ‘Jai Hind’ and ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.

In another video, the driver could be seen with an Indian flag on the tanga chanting ‘Hindustan zindabad’.

Several media outlets, including Amar Ujala and Dainik Jagran, reported that Alam chanted ‘Pakistan zindabad’. However, in the viral video Alam can only be seen refusing to say ‘Pakistan murdabad’ but he doesn’t say ‘Pakistan zindabad’ at any point.

Furthermore, the rickshaw also does not sport Pakistan’s flag, but a crudely painted star and crescent moon on a dark green backdrop, which are symbols of Islam. Pakistan’s flag has a horizontal white stripe on its left, which was not painted on Alam’s rickshaw.






Video shared with fake claims about Muslims ‘mocking’ Hindu culture

Date: 27 August 2021

A video of a group of people dancing to the beats of a drum around a bonfire was shared on social media. It was claimed that people from the Muslim community are mocking Hindus by imitating their culture.

Himanshu Kaluda, who posted the video, clarified that the people seen in the video were not Muslims. Kaluda also said that he had uploaded the video to his ‘Pahari Blogger’ channel a few months ago, but was forced to take it down due to the spate of communal comments it generated. He then posted another video on August 5 discussing the actual origins of the footage.

“First of all, this video was shot in Bharpur village. In 2017 or 2018, there were Thola, Mandar, or Jagari speaking somewhere so I made this video. This is a four-year-old video that was published on my channel four or five months ago…Is this village full of Muslims? I would like to inform you that this is an all Hindu village. No Muslims live here, no one is adopting Islamic culture here, and no one is adopting the Islamic religion…there are no Islam converts in this clip. All of these people are Hindus,” he stated.

“The four or five people who are seen dancing claim that Muslim deities like Sahdavta, Pathan Devta, and Pir Baba enter their bodies. Sahdevta is highly revered in our village. For example, if someone is a big devotee of Nanda Devi, they say that they have come from Nanda Devi. Since Sahdevta’s tomb is in Meerut, his devotees say that they have come from Meerut. That’s what they mean to say. No Muslims have come here from Meerut. No Muslims have come here from Roorkee. Neither do any Muslims live here and nor is our village adopting Islam. And we don’t promote Islamic culture,” he further added.