Right-Wingers Tweet Morphed Video of AIUDF Chief Saying 'India Will Become Islamic Nation'

Date: 10 March 2021

The Hindu right-wing ecosystem – purportedly to help the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Assam to influence the majority of Assamese voters on communal lines in the coming assembly polls – circulated on social media a morphed video of Maulana Badruddin Ajmal, the chief of the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), to claim that he was prodding the Muslims of Assam to vote for him because he would then set up “an Islamic nation” with the help of the Congress and not leave “a single Hindu” without converting them to Islam. The original speech of Ajmal – uploaded in 2019 on YouTube from a public speech – spoke exactly opposite of what the right-wing twitter handles had tried to establish in poll-bound Assam since March 9 evening. Criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi in that speech in the run-up to the 2019 parliamentary polls, Ajmal had said, “The Mughals had ruled this Bharat Varsha for 800 years. It never dreamt of making it an Islamic nation. If that would have been their dream, perhaps not a single person in this country would have remained a Hindu. Everyone would have become a Muslim. Did they? No. It never tried, never dared to. Then came the British for 200 years. They too didn’t dare to make Bharat Varsha a Christian nation. Did they? No. In independent India, the Congress has run this country for 55 of the 70 years. From Nehru to Shastri, to Rajiv Gandhi to Manmohan Singh, Narasimha Rao, no Congress leader had dreamt of making Bharat Varsha a Hindu Rashtra. Modi ji, please don’t dream such a dream. Your dream will not be fulfilled….” The doctored video was circulated on March 9 by Legal Rights Observatory (LRO), a wing of the sangh parivar, which claims to do “legal activism to safeguard Indian interest, human rights of armed forces and Hindu cause”. Its tweet had said, “Shocking, Badaruddin Ajmal threatens converting entire Assam into an Islam with the help of INCAssam (Congress a party it is in alliance with for the assembly polls) and INCIndia. Is Congress in SECRET understanding with Ajmal for Partition 2?” It also tagged the Election Commission of India (ECI) to “look into the issue and initiate action” against the AIUDF. The fake video was thereafter not only circulated by the right-wing ecosystem from across the country on twitter but was also run on March 10 without any verification by the Assamese news channels, including NewsLive, owned by the wife of BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma.






Muslim boy thrashed for drinking water at temple

Date: 13/3/2021

Category: Hate violence

A Hindu man was arrested for assaulting a Muslim boy for drinking water at a temple in a city near India’s capital New Delhi. The attack took place in Ghaziabad, a town in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, some 33 kilometers (20 miles) from the capital. The accused, Shringi Nandan Yadav, was apprehended after a disturbing video of the brutal assault was widely shared on social media. The clip shows Yadav asking the victim, Asif, his name and mercilessly thrashing him.







Will oppose love that leads to jihad, says minister after MP nod to anti-conversion law

Date: 9 March 2021

Category: Hate speech

The Madhya Pradesh Assembly passed the Freedom to Religion Bill, 2021 with a voice vote amidst opposition from the Congress and chants of ‘Jai Shree Ram’ from the treasure benches. Earlier, the Freedom to Religion Ordinance was cleared in a special cabinet meeting in December last week and came into effect on January 9. Since then, there have been at least 16 cases registered under the new ordinance across Madhya Pradesh. Speaking to reporters after the bill was passed, Home Minister Narottam Mishra said, “Any love that leads towards jihad, we will oppose it. Any love that offends our sentiments, we’ll oppose it. Any love who will make our daughters and sisters suffer, we’ll oppose it.”






OCI need permission for 'Tabligh', journalistic activities: Centre

Date: 5 March 2021

Category: Discrimination

All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders will henceforth be required to take a special permission from the central government if they want to be involved in any missionary or "Tabligh" or journalistic activities in the country. The Union Home ministry, in a notification issued on March 4 night, said the OCI cardholders will be entitled to get multiple entry lifelong visa for visiting India for any purpose but "required to obtain a special permission or a special permit from the Foreigners Regional Registration Officer or the Indian Mission to undertake research and to undertake any missionary or Tabligh or mountaineering or journalistic activities".






Video From Sri Lanka Shared As Muslim Man Beating Hindu In India

Date: 2 March 2021

Category: Hate speech

A video of a man dressed in Muslim attire and hitting another man with a rod went viral on social media hinting that it is from India. The video is viral with the caption, "Accused can be identified through clothes." BJP Delhi social media head Naveen Kumar, BJP supporter Sonam Mahajan and Sameet Thakkar (who is followed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi) also shared the video. Fact Crescendo Sri Lanka spoke to Rodrigo, acting OIC of Galaha police station in the central province of Sri Lanka, who said that the Muslim person was mentally ill and suddenly got engaged in a fight. The police also informed that the accused was arrested and later taken into custody while the victim was taken to the hospital for treatment.







BJP MP falsely claims first five Indian education ministers were Muslims

Date: 4 March 2021

Category: Hate speech

On March 3, BJP MP and former deputy chief minister of Bihar Sushil Kumar Modi posted several tweets targeting Rahul Gandhi and the Congress. One of these addressed Gandhi himself. Modi questioned the Congress leader why the first five education ministers of India were all chosen from a single community. Even a basic Google search reveals that Modi’s claim is false. BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi, in an attempt to target the Congress, alluded that the first five education ministers of India hailed from the Muslim community. In reality, the second education minister Dr Kalu Lal Shrimali who filled the position twice was a Hindu. 






Fake, Communal Claim Targets Aamir Khan's Daughter Ira Khan

Date: 1 March 2021

Category: Hate speech

An image of Ira Khan - daughter of actor Aamir Khan - photographed alongside her boyfriend and fitness trainer Nupur Shikhare was shared by right wing Facebook pages with a false and communal claim that Ira Khan eloped with her 'Hindu servant' and got married. Several right wing Facebook pages shared a photo of the duo claiming Khan has eloped with Shikhare. A claim in Hindi translates to the following: "Every time Aamir Khan used to get scared in India, it was because of this man. Amir Khan, who had hired a Hindu servant to humiliate the Hindus, his daughter Ira Khan took his Hindu servant and got married." Fact checking website BOOM reached out to Nikhat Khan, elder sister of Bollywood actor Aamir Khan, who refuted the viral claim. "It is not true. She has not eloped. She is very much with the family," Nikhat Khan told BOOM.






Amir Khan falsely claimed to be standing with L-e-T terrorists in photo

Date: 24 August 2020

Category: Hate speech


An eight-year-old picture of Bollywood actor Aamir Khan with two men went viral with false claims that he was photographed with two Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists. Fact-checking website BOOM found the picture to be of 2012 when Aamir Khan made a pilgrimage to Medina, Saudi Arabia with his mother for Hajj. The two men in the photo are well known Pakistani public personalities. The image went viral on Twitter with the caption, "Aamir Khan never tweeted on #SushantSinghRajput's death not even on Independence Day. And h e's a pic of him where he is meeting with Terrorist Tarik Jameel and Junaid Shamshed. SHAME ON YOU AAMIR KHAN #तुर्की_भाग_आमिर_खान."






Kangana Ranaut Shares Fake Aamir Khan Interview On Islam

Date: 22 August 2020

Category: Hate speech

Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut tweeted a fake interview claiming actor Aamir Khan was an extremist for insisting that his children would only follow Islam. The interview tweeted by Ranaut falsely quotes Khan as saying that irrespective of his wife being a Hindu, his children would only follow the Islamic religion and has been called out as fake in the past by the actor's team. Ranaut's tweet went viral and was also published by Times of India and Pinkvilla without a disclaimer that the said interview by Khan was nonexistent and fake. A source in Aamir Khan productions told BOOM that the article was fake and the actor never gave such an interview to any website. Ranaut's tweet said, "Hindu + Muslim = Muslim. This is extremism, the outcome of a marriage is not just a blend of genres and cultures but even religions. Teach the children about Allah and Shri Krishna, this is secularism right? @aamir_khan”






Video Of Milk Adulteration From Hyderabad Peddled With False Claims

Date: 22 August 2020

Category: Hate speech


A video clip from Hyderabad of a dairy worker adulterating milk was falsely shared as from Jogeshwari, Mumbai and with a false communal claim that the man is a Muslim. Hyderabad police told fact-checking website BOOM that the man in the video is Raju, a worker at a dairy farm and is still absconding. In the video, a man is seen drinking milk from a bucket and pouring back the leftover and then adding visibly dirty water to the milk can, in a bid to dilute it. In the background, one can hear the azaan, the Islamic call for prayer. A Twitter user shared it giving it a communal spin with the caption, "I can hear Naara-E-Takbeer. A Muzlim milk seller doing what they have been taught to as per the book. This exclusive weird video must reach the masses who still believe in Ganga-Jamuni Tehzeeb & Bhai-Chaara. Just see the filth which many of us are eating/drinking around us." A search for the keywords 'adulterating milk' 'milk man', showed results from news reports on the incident stating that the viral clip is from a dairy farm in Dabeerpura, Hyderabad in Telangana.






Maharashtra CM says his party proud of Babri demolition

Date: 3 March 2021

Category: Hate speech

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, while replying to the governors' address, raked up the Babri issue. He said, "Everyone else ran away after Babri demolition, but it was Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray who owned up the responsibility saying that If my Shiv Sainiks have done this, I am proud of them."