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Propaganda and misinformation using TV and Bollywood movies

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Ramesh Roy
Ramesh Roy
An avid fan of movies, serials, and an occasional reader. An Indian Hindu with a keen interest to understand India, Hinduism, and the world. Views may change as an when I watch new movies, serials, and documentaries or read new books.

Indian media, TV, and Bollywood have been indulged in spreading propaganda and misinformation right from the beginning. It is a common theme and is practiced by almost all countries, political parties, and organizations. This is done to make sure that the image of the country, political party, and organizations improve in the eyes of the public. India is the only country where the majority of people i.e. the Hindus are demonized and portrayed in a bad light in movies. It is not a new phenomenon as our various leaders of the past used to consider India as a land of snake charmers, poor, hungry, and desolate people. In this regard, we have no one to blame but ourselves.

Anti Hindu propaganda in movies is evident as we go through the tweets of the Twitter channel Gems of Bollywood (@GemsOfBollywood) / Twitter. One can find out that the Hindus are shown as rapists, murderers, extortionists, and full of all kinds of vices. They are further demonized subtly with the use of words like Kaafir, ButParast, etc. in the songs. This displays the innate hatred of the writers towards Hindus.

This may have been checked by the interventions of the experts and the governments. But the experts were hands in gloves with the Bollywood. The government too paid little heed to this and used Bollywood movies as its own propaganda piece. It is evident wherein the movie Shaan, a kid can be seen uttering “राजीव गाँधी बच्चों को बहुत प्यार करते है”।

It is not that this is confined only to the movies. This has crept into the field of television as well. And the most worrying thing is that it is not only confined to the normal TV shows. It can also be found in the TV shows that are devotional in nature. One such instance is the devotional TV serial “Vishnu Puran by B. R. Chopra”.

One can quite easily hear from the political leaders that “We will not do the politics of Dharma (Religion)”. I quite believe that the politics of religion is not good and must not be done. But it is quite difficult to distance Dharma from politics. It is because Dharma is quite a vast word and is not confined to the religion as is believed by many. What is more funny is that the word “Rajdharm” itself has the word Dharma in it.

In the serial “Vishnu Purana”, Prahlada can be heard saying “मेरे राज्य में राजनीति का धर्म होगा किन्तु धर्म की राजनीति नहीं होगी”| This statement is wrong on so many levels.

There were not that many religions available in that age.

Dharma was not equated as religion and had to be followed by everyone in every aspect of the life.

No such statement can be found in the Vishnu Puran.

Hence one must keep their minds open while watching the movies and TV and not fall prey to the propaganda imparted via these mediums. It is also necessary to educate our near and dear ones about the propaganda that they are fed into so that they do not regard movies, TV serials, and books as the gospel truth. It is necessary that they go through the sources themselves before making an informed decision.

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Ramesh Roy
Ramesh Roy
An avid fan of movies, serials, and an occasional reader. An Indian Hindu with a keen interest to understand India, Hinduism, and the world. Views may change as an when I watch new movies, serials, and documentaries or read new books.
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