India Hate Lab report is a propaganda tool to malign Bharat

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India Hate Lab report is a propaganda tool to malign Bharat

How India Hate Lab distorts facts and data to demonize Bharat and its government

Prof Jasim Mohammad

India is a diverse and secular country, where Hindus, Muslims, and other faiths have coexisted for centuries. India has the third-largest Muslim population in the world, and Muslims have contributed to every sphere of Indian society, culture, and politics. Muslims in India enjoy equal rights and freedoms under the constitution and have access to education, employment, and welfare schemes. Muslims in India are not a monolithic group but have different sects, languages, regions, and identities. 

The report released by India Hate Lab (IHL) is a biased and flawed attempt to malign the image of India and its democratically elected government. The report is based on dubious sources, selective data, and misleading interpretations. It ignores the ground realities of India’s diversity, pluralism, and tolerance. It also fails to acknowledge the efforts of the government and civil society to combat hate speech and violence. It ignores the diversity and agency of Indian Muslims and paints them as passive victims of Hindu nationalism.

First of all, the report relies on questionable sources, such as Hindutva Watch, a website that openly admits to having an anti-Hindu agenda. The website claims to track hate crimes against minorities, but it does not provide any verifiable evidence or methodology for its data collection. It also excludes any incidents of violence or discrimination against Hindus or other communities by minorities. The website has been blocked by the government for violating the IT Act, 2000, which prohibits the dissemination of any information that is harmful, offensive, or incites hatred or violence. The IHL report also cites media reports, social media posts, and YouTube videos as sources, without verifying their authenticity or accuracy.

The report uses selective data and cherry-picks incidents to suit its narrative. The report claims that there were 668 hate speech events in 2023, but it does not provide any clear definition or criteria for what constitutes hate speech. It also does not compare the data with previous years or other countries to provide any context or perspective. The report arbitrarily assigns blame to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for 75 percent of the hate speech events, without providing any causal link or evidence. The report also overlooks the fact that India has a vibrant and independent media, judiciary, and civil society, which act as checks and balances on the government and hold it accountable for any lapses or excesses.

The report misinterprets the data and draws false conclusions. It also suggests that hate speech events peaked between August and November 2023, coinciding with the elections in four major states. However, this correlation does not imply causation.  The report also assumes that hate speech leads to violence, but it does not provide any data or analysis to support this claim and ignores the fact that India has a low rate of violent crime compared to many other countries and that most incidents of communal violence are localized and contained by the authorities.

However, the report by IHL is a flawed and biased piece of propaganda that does not reflect the reality of India. India is a diverse and democratic country, where people of different faiths, cultures, and languages coexist peacefully and respectfully. India is also a country that respects the rule of law, human rights, and free speech and does not tolerate any form of hate speech or violence. The government and society are committed to ensuring the safety and dignity of all citizens, regardless of their religion, caste, gender, or ethnicity. The report by IHL is an insult to the millions of Indians who have voted for the BJP and its allies, and who have faith in the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The report is also an attempt to interfere in the internal affairs of India and influence the upcoming national elections. The report should be rejected and condemned by all Indians and the international community.

Moreover, it is based on a narrow and distorted view of India and its Muslim population. The report portrays India as a monolithic and oppressive Hindu state, and Muslims as a homogeneous and persecuted minority. This is far from the truth.

Furthermore, the report is based on selective and sensationalist coverage of isolated incidents of hate speech and violence. The report exaggerates and generalizes these incidents, and presents them as a systematic and widespread campaign against Muslims. The report also does not acknowledge the role of law enforcement agencies, the judiciary, and civil society in preventing, investigating, and punishing these incidents. It does not mention the numerous cases where the police, the courts, and human rights groups have intervened to protect the rights and dignity of Muslims and other minorities. The report also does not mention the numerous cases where Hindus and Muslims have stood together against hate speech and violence and have promoted harmony and solidarity.

In short, the report by IHL is a biased and flawed piece of propaganda that does not reflect the reality of Bharat.

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Antara Tripathy M.Sc., B.Ed. by qualification and bring 15 years of media reporting experience.. Coverred many illustarted events like, G20, ICC,MCCI,British High Commission, Bangladesh etc. She took over from the founder Editor of IBG NEWS Suman Munshi (15/Mar/2012- 09/Aug/2018 and October 2020 to 13 June 2023).
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