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Aryavrta churns out hate against minorities on social media

Sabrangindia 13 Jul 2020

Hate is spreading like wildfire on social media. Some people or profiles may not call for outright violence or use hateful language, but they indirectly sow seeds of hatred against the minorities by deliberately spinning fake stories and influencing the gullible masses.

One such page on Aryavrta on both Facebook and Twitter constantly churns out posts against minorities. Not only this, it regularly targets the media too for being ‘anti-Hindu’. Apart from this, the page has also constantly been calling for a change in the Constitution of India and the abolishment of Article 30 which grants religious and linguistic minorities to establish and administer educational institutions in the country.

Some of the posts from the group may be viewed below.

 

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The conversation around this right-wing affiliated page revolves around a set pattern – anti-minority posts, calling for the revocation of Article 30, calling for acquittal of terror accused Sadhvi Pragya and rape accused Asaram Bapu among others, calling for an ordinance on population control and calling for religious conversions to be stopped.

The page uses defamatory and derogatory language against minorities and secular citizens, including secular media outlets, all in a bid to save the existence of Hindus.

If we examine these issues, for example, the call for the revocation of Article 30 and 30A.

 

 

To begin with, there is no Article 30A in the Indian Constitution. In the tweet, Aryavrat says that Article 30 deprives Hindus of the right to propagate and preach Hinduism in their educational institutions but bestows the same upon minority religions.

The minorities, as per the Gazette of India January 27, 2014 are Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Parsis and Jains. Article 30 enables religious and linguistic minorities to establish and administer educational institutions of their choice and ensures that the State doesn’t discriminate against such educational institutions managed by a minority in granting aid.

Jagran Josh reported that a Supreme Court decision delivered in the Secretary of Malankara Syrian Catholic College case (2007), the Honourable Supreme Court said that the right conferred to minority communities under Article 30 is only to ensure equality with the majority and not intended to place the minorities in a more advantageous position.

There is no evidence of unconstitutional favour of minorities regarding the general laws of the land relating to national security, national interest, public order, social welfare, taxation, health, sanitation, and morality, etc., applicable to all, will equally apply to minority institutions also.

With regards to the posts questioning Safoora Zargar’s bail and Sadhvi Pragya’s incarceration, it must be noted that Sadhvi Pragya is one of the accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case but is now a BJP MP after being released on bail. Ironically, she is the MP of the same party which was in power when she was arrested for the said crime.

Talking about a population control ordinance, the page has continuously used derogatory language against minorities targeting them for being the reason behind the large population of India.

 

 

However, the call for population control is not done with a genuine intention to ensure that everyone is economically taken care of by the State, but only with an agenda to save Hinduism from becoming non-existent.

Given the ideology, the page has also naturally called for the name of the country to be changed from India to Bharat, with the reason that India represents a time when the country was ruled by the British and Bharat asserts cultural dominance.

 

 

With regards to the posts against religious conversion, it must be noted that according to the Census 2011, there are 87.46% Hindus, 7% Muslims and 4.91% Sikhs, making the Hindus a majority by a very wide margin. Hence the widely spread notion about the existence of Hindus being threatened is absolutely fake and not backed by facts. Also, the allegation of Hindu saints, especially the Palghar lynching incident, being targeted for their religion is also false since it was proven that the Palghar lynching incident had no communal background and was purely an outcome of misinformation.  

Our take: The Aryavrta page continuously vilifies religious minorities by calling mosques and prestigious educational institutions, like the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), havens of terrorists. These allegations are absolutely unacceptable in a secular democracy and it is important that such pages be taken down from social media as they manipulate the masses without showing them necessary facts. The posts are rabidly communal and go against the tenet of secularism set in the Indian Constitution as it wants to assert the dominance of one religion over the others. It is important that social networking platforms use a more human approach to identify this soft communal hate approach before it leads to more vilification of minorities than it has already.


Related:

All non-Muslim minorities are Hindus: Puri Shankaracharya wants amendments to Article 25 of Indian Constitution

Concerns about targeting of minorities in India raised at US Congressional Briefing

Delhi riots carefully orchestrated using social media?

Hindutva: Myths and reality

 

Aryavrta churns out hate against minorities on social media

The page has deliberately spun fake stories targeting minorities and has accused seculars, jury and media of being anti-Hindu

Hate is spreading like wildfire on social media. Some people or profiles may not call for outright violence or use hateful language, but they indirectly sow seeds of hatred against the minorities by deliberately spinning fake stories and influencing the gullible masses.

One such page on Aryavrta on both Facebook and Twitter constantly churns out posts against minorities. Not only this, it regularly targets the media too for being ‘anti-Hindu’. Apart from this, the page has also constantly been calling for a change in the Constitution of India and the abolishment of Article 30 which grants religious and linguistic minorities to establish and administer educational institutions in the country.

Some of the posts from the group may be viewed below.

 

hate

hate

hate

hate

 

 

 

 

 

The conversation around this right-wing affiliated page revolves around a set pattern – anti-minority posts, calling for the revocation of Article 30, calling for acquittal of terror accused Sadhvi Pragya and rape accused Asaram Bapu among others, calling for an ordinance on population control and calling for religious conversions to be stopped.

The page uses defamatory and derogatory language against minorities and secular citizens, including secular media outlets, all in a bid to save the existence of Hindus.

If we examine these issues, for example, the call for the revocation of Article 30 and 30A.

 

 

To begin with, there is no Article 30A in the Indian Constitution. In the tweet, Aryavrat says that Article 30 deprives Hindus of the right to propagate and preach Hinduism in their educational institutions but bestows the same upon minority religions.

The minorities, as per the Gazette of India January 27, 2014 are Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Parsis and Jains. Article 30 enables religious and linguistic minorities to establish and administer educational institutions of their choice and ensures that the State doesn’t discriminate against such educational institutions managed by a minority in granting aid.

Jagran Josh reported that a Supreme Court decision delivered in the Secretary of Malankara Syrian Catholic College case (2007), the Honourable Supreme Court said that the right conferred to minority communities under Article 30 is only to ensure equality with the majority and not intended to place the minorities in a more advantageous position.

There is no evidence of unconstitutional favour of minorities regarding the general laws of the land relating to national security, national interest, public order, social welfare, taxation, health, sanitation, and morality, etc., applicable to all, will equally apply to minority institutions also.

With regards to the posts questioning Safoora Zargar’s bail and Sadhvi Pragya’s incarceration, it must be noted that Sadhvi Pragya is one of the accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case but is now a BJP MP after being released on bail. Ironically, she is the MP of the same party which was in power when she was arrested for the said crime.

Talking about a population control ordinance, the page has continuously used derogatory language against minorities targeting them for being the reason behind the large population of India.

 

 

However, the call for population control is not done with a genuine intention to ensure that everyone is economically taken care of by the State, but only with an agenda to save Hinduism from becoming non-existent.

Given the ideology, the page has also naturally called for the name of the country to be changed from India to Bharat, with the reason that India represents a time when the country was ruled by the British and Bharat asserts cultural dominance.

 

 

With regards to the posts against religious conversion, it must be noted that according to the Census 2011, there are 87.46% Hindus, 7% Muslims and 4.91% Sikhs, making the Hindus a majority by a very wide margin. Hence the widely spread notion about the existence of Hindus being threatened is absolutely fake and not backed by facts. Also, the allegation of Hindu saints, especially the Palghar lynching incident, being targeted for their religion is also false since it was proven that the Palghar lynching incident had no communal background and was purely an outcome of misinformation.  

Our take: The Aryavrta page continuously vilifies religious minorities by calling mosques and prestigious educational institutions, like the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), havens of terrorists. These allegations are absolutely unacceptable in a secular democracy and it is important that such pages be taken down from social media as they manipulate the masses without showing them necessary facts. The posts are rabidly communal and go against the tenet of secularism set in the Indian Constitution as it wants to assert the dominance of one religion over the others. It is important that social networking platforms use a more human approach to identify this soft communal hate approach before it leads to more vilification of minorities than it has already.


Related:

All non-Muslim minorities are Hindus: Puri Shankaracharya wants amendments to Article 25 of Indian Constitution

Concerns about targeting of minorities in India raised at US Congressional Briefing

Delhi riots carefully orchestrated using social media?

Hindutva: Myths and reality

 

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