The Wire’s Karan Thapar uses Pakistani platform to spread misinformation about Hindus, Hinduism and Modi, read what happened
On April 1, Karan Thapar, who is a news anchor with The Wire, attended Islamabad Security Dialogue via video conference as a speaker on the first day of events. The discussion titled “Navigating Disinformation and Discourse in the Information Age” was an attempt to discuss the impact of disinformation and fake news on the current political structure of South Asia. During the discussion, which was attended by members of several Pakistani think tanks, Thapar raged against the Modi government and referred to the Hindu god Hanuman as “Humayun”, the second emperor of the Mughal dynasty.
Interestingly, an Indian speaker spoke out against the (Hindu) government led by Narendra Modi while addressing members of several think tanks from Pakistan, where Hindus face atrocities almost daily.
Thapar shared a platform with Shane Harris of the Washington Post, Liu Xin of Chinese state media China Global Television Network (CGTN), and several Pakistani and international media personalities. It should be noted that although only the part of the clip where he addressed Bajrang Bali not as another name of Bhagwan Hanuman but Lord Humayun is released on social media platforms, the overall 7 minute address of Karan Thapar was full of misinformation and highly biased opinion towards Hindus in general.
Mosharraf Zaidi, the founder of the Tabadlab think tank, moderated the session. He asked Thapar for his views on how Indian people are being misled by politicians, especially Hindutva leaders like Prime Minister Narendra Modi, RSS and BJP. He pointed out that the presence of such leaders in power is, in a sense, a collective failure of “secular, enlightened and progressive India”.
Agreeing with his thoughts, Thapar said that since Prime Minister Modi came to power, the “problem” has been on the rise and the so-called crisis is at its peak today. He said: “I’m not saying everything will increase, but compared to the situation in 2014, the current situation is much worse than most people imagine. He alleged that the BJP was deliberately inciting Hindus, who make up 80% of the population, in the name of religion. “People are very religious. Religions permeate their life, their thinking, their relationship, their psychology is very close to them, and this tends to be the case in countries where economic development is limited. And religion is, I won’t use that phrase the opium of the masses because it’s deliberately pejorative, but it’s the soul of the soulless world,” he added.
He further alleged that the BJP knew where to scratch and open old wounds, like the partition that happened in 1947. In the process, they demonized another religion. To put things in perspective, the partition happened because Muslim rulers wanted a country for Muslims. Contrary to what the Congress Party and leftist “historians” would have us believe, it was first promulgated by Syed Ahmad Khan, the founder of Aligarh Muslim University. That August 14 last year was heralded as the day of remembrance of the horrors of partition angered so-called liberals for that very reason.
The foundation of Indian secularism is built on the corpses of Hindus who were raped, slaughtered and slaughtered during the era of independence. For their political careers to succeed, Congress strove to create an “alternative history” for the citizens of India where the horrors of partition were relegated to the dustbin of history. A tragedy of this magnitude should not be taken away. After all, those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.
To prove his point, Thapar gave the example of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s speech where he said the UP Assembly elections were an 80% fight against 20%. He claimed in UP that 80% are Hindus and 20% are Muslims, so it was obvious what he was referring to. Which is funny because Yogi Adityanath had said categorically that he was not talking about Hindus and Muslims.
He said he was talking about 80% of those who were in favor of the BJP regardless of their religion and 20% of those who were against the BJP. There are millions of Hindus in the UP who voted for the Samajwadi party and thousands of Muslims, especially women, who voted for the BJP. While CM Yogi did not and did not intend to divide the population on religious grounds, the media, including Thapar’s, misrepresented him and misled the public.
Thapar then claimed that the BJP leaders had asked those who opposed them to go to Pakistan. He added, “When politicians talk about Ali and Bajaranga Bali. Bajarang Bali is another name for Lord Humayun, what is happening becomes apparent and it is sad to know that it is happening. Whether it was a Freudian slip or a slip, we may never know, but Bajrang Bali is Lord Hanuman, not Humayun. Humayun was the second Mughal emperor, son of Babar. We can’t talk about Thapar, but he’s certainly not our lord.
Thapar tried to argue that a conscious Hindu speaking for himself in India may be against the country’s secular structure. He said: “I’m not going to pretend and say this, but we were always aware that there were things that crossed a line, and you didn’t cross it. This line has been violated. It barely exists today, and that’s the saddest part of it. It was done deliberately. It has had tremendous political results, and it will no doubt continue.
He added: “And as a result, it becomes a different country once that devil has been released from the bottle. I’m not saying genius. It is impossible to try to put it back. And I’m not saying westernized Indians. There are many very deeply Hindu people who also think that this deliberate exploitation, this deliberate use of their religion for political purposes is wrong.
He further asserted that Hinduism is another type of faith. It’s acceptance, and politicians try to convert it into something else. He alleged that these leaders “horribly misunderstand the very nature and character of Hinduism”.
Pretty rich coming from someone who confuses Bhagwan Hanuman with the Mughal Emperor.
Essentially, Thapar was speaking at a stage provided by Pakistan. The same Pakistan where Hindus face atrocities every other day. Hindu girls are kidnapped and converted to Islam. The number of Hindus in Pakistan has reached the point of extinction. Unfortunately, people like Thapar have opposed laws like the CAA. Instead of standing up for these Hindus living in a hellish situation in Pakistan, they are working intensively to prevent the government from opening doors for persecuted Hindus to come and make India their homeland.