Center bans Pakistan-based OTT platform Vidly TV for “anti-India” web series

The center on Monday blocked the website, two mobile applications, four social media accounts and a smart TV app of Pakistan-based OTT platform Vidly TV, in accordance with IT Rules 2021, because they published anti -Showed Indian content. Sevak: The confessions.”

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) stated in its order that the web series broadcast on the OTT platform “has been shown to be detrimental to the national security, sovereignty and integrity of India, the defense of India and the security of the state and friendly relations.” on foreign states and public order in the country”.

The ministry has highlighted several objectionable content in the web series, based on which it made this decision.

1) The order states that the opening credits of the web series show the burning Ashok Chakra of the Indian flag.

2) The web series, the center says, presents a distorted version of sensitive historical events related to India.

“The web series portrayed an anti-India narrative on sensitive historical events and issues of national importance, e.g. B. Operation Blue Star and its aftermath, destruction of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, killing of a Christian missionary named Graham Staines, Malegaon attacks, Samjhauta Express explosions, interstate river water disputes related to Sutlej Yamuna Link canal, etc.

3) The ministry said the OTT platform encourages popular hatred against the Indian government.

It highlights several dialogues: the passing on of wounds by the Sikh people to the next generations in connection with Operation Blue Star; the Indian state is against the interests of the Muslim community, all Indian political parties are working hand in hand in the demolition of the Babri Masjid.

In another example cited in the order, an image shows an Indian TV news channel showing: “Muslims, Sikhs and Christians are India’s internal threat, says Home Secretary”.

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4) The web series “Sevak: The Confessions” is accused of “promoting separatism, discontent and disappointment in the Sikh community towards India”.

The center said Operation Blue Star was portrayed as a “massacre” of “innocent Sikhs”. It added that the situations in Punjab following Operation Blue Star were maliciously portrayed with strong community tones that illustrate the violence and police actions as inspired by religious reasons. “All police officers in Punjab are depicted without turbans, which sends a message that non-Sikh police officers have labeled the Sikh population as Khalistani terrorists,” the ministry said.

5) According to the order, the web series was intended to sow hatred and division among the Native American communities.

“In one scene, a Hindu priestess is shown explaining that Hindu children must grow up to ‘kill’ Muslims, Christians and Sikhs and cleanse the motherland of their ‘dirty’ existence,” the government said.

“Another scene claims that planned castes are being forced to remain Hindu. Using religious symbols, the anti-Sikh riots of 1984 were shown to be an attack by Hindus against Sikhs,” the order added.

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