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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?

 

 

Related:

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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

NBSA issues stern advisory to news channels: Ayodhya case

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