Sudarshan News
SudarshanNewsLogo.png
TypeNews channel
CountryIndia
NetworkBroadcast television and online
HeadquartersA-84, Sector 57, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
Programming
Language(s)Hindi
Picture format16:9 576i (SDTV)
Ownership
OwnerSuresh Chavhanke
History
Launched9 August 2005
Links
Websitewww.sudarshannews.in

Sudarshan News is an Indian far-right-wing[5] news channel.[6] It was founded in 2005 by Suresh Chavhanke, the chairman and editor-in-chief.[7] Chavhanke was a long-term volunteer of the Hindu nationalist organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), also associating with Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the student wing of RSS.[7] He asserts that he practices ideology-driven journalism[8] and prefers that the news programs on his channel be viewed as opinionated campaigns.[7]

The channel has been widely criticised for blatant communal broadcasting.[6][7][8]

Reception

Hate speech

In April 2017, Chavhanke was arrested for allegedly inciting communal hatred through multiple episodes of a flagship program.[7][8] He secured bail two days later.

In 2020, Hemant Soren, the Chief Minister of Jharkhand, ordered state police to take action against Chavhanke for this hate speech.[9][10]

Chavhanke claims to have contributed towards the ochlocratic atmosphere that led to police complaints and death threats against M. F. Husain for allegedly violating Hindu sentiments. As a result, Husain left India on a self-imposed exile until his death.[7]

Alleged Anti-Muslim fear-mongering propaganda

Dissemination of anti-Muslim content to manufacturing actual news with neutral overtones has been alleged.[8] Critics allege the channel as "bigoted" and "dangerous" for its communal-toned fake news.[11][12][13] Hilal Ahmed, a professor of Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, alleges a call for extrajudicial lynching of Muslims, who refused to chant a particular slogan in praise of the motherland, whilst discussing the context of Islamophobic discourse in media and its role in creating the stereotypical image of Indian Muslims.[14]

In June 2018, the Delhi Minorities Commission issued a notice to the channel after it broadcast a program that claimed a Muslim-dominated region was inhabited by illegal Bangladeshi and Rohingya infiltrators.[8][15][16]

On 25 August 2020, a Sudarshan News trailer uploaded by Suresh Chavhanke suggesting that Muslim students were infiltrating administrative services as "UPSC jihad," became viral. It was heavily condemned, including by former senior bureaucrats, judges, and the Home Minister. Broadcast of the actual TV programme was stayed by the Delhi High Court and the matter is sub-judice.[17][18][19][20][21][22]

In many of the speeches of Chavhanke, he called openly for the mass genocide of Muslims to create Hindu Rashtra.[23][24][25] He also have a big support of current Hindu nationalist Modi government, who don't arrest him for hate speeches but protect him in courts instead.[26][27]

Fake news

On multiple occasions, Sudarshan News was found to be spreading fake news.[6] In 2019, the channel broadcast an old video, which was morphed with slogans calling for the killings of RSS workers. In 2014, fake quotes were attributed to Shahrukh Khan by the news channel.[6] During the Delhi riots of 2020, the channel was found to be spreading communally charged fake news.[28]

In March 2019, a Kozhikode district court ordered the channel to pay a compensation of 50 lakh (US$66,000) to Malabar Gold in a defamation suit, after it broadcast edited visuals alleging the company of having celebrated Pakistani Independence Day.[29][30]

References

  1. ^ Jafri, Alishan (28 June 2021). "The 'Hindutva Ecosystem' Has a New Anti-Muslim Narrative. This Time Street Vendors Are the Target". The Wire. Retrieved 19 February 2022. Sudarshan News, a far-right TV channel often accused of broadcasting hatred against Muslims, reported the Uttam Nagar protest in an extremely inflammatory manner. Throughout the show, Sudarshan reporter Sagar Kumar and anchor Shubham Tripathi referred to Muslims as 'jihadis' and used other derogatory terms.
  2. ^ Nair, Anagha Subhash (18 January 2022). "Hindu extremists in India escalate rhetoric with calls to kill Muslims". NBC News. Retrieved 19 February 2022. Speaking in Delhi, Suresh Chavhanke, editor of the right-wing outlet Sudarshan News, administered an oath to attendees that "until our last breath, to make India a Hindu nation, keep it a Hindu-only nation, we will fight and die, and if required we will kill as well."
  3. ^ Mehta, Archit; Zubair, Mohammed (9 December 2021). "How disinformation led to the attack on missionary school in MP by right-wing groups". Alt News. Retrieved 19 February 2022. Several other right-wing channels have also amplified the false "conversion narrative", including Sudarshan News. The disinformation led to violence when Class XII students were giving a mathematics exam and barely escaped the attack.
  4. ^ Hassan, Jakir (18 October 2021). "Sudarshan News Shares Video Of Teacher Punishing His Student With False Communal Narrative". The Logical Indian. Retrieved 19 February 2022. Sudarshan News, an Indian right-wing news channel, posted a video on Twitter with a communal narrative. The video shows a classroom where a boy is being brutally beaten by the teacher with a stick. The video shows the teacher repeatedly kicking him with his feet.
  5. ^ [1][2][3][4]
  6. ^ a b c d Chaudhuri, Pooja (23 October 2019). "Sudarshan News and its history of dangerous, communally-divisive misinformation". Alt News. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  7. ^ a b c d e f Bharadwaj, Ashutosh (14 April 2017). "Held for 'promoting truth', TV channel head is proud of it". Indian Express. Express News Service. Archived from the original on 2 April 2018. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d e Dutta, Amrita Nayak (5 December 2018). "The Hindi news channel editor who 'thrives on provoking' Hindu, Muslim sentiments". ThePrint. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  9. ^ Angad, Abhishek (10 March 2020). "Police probing Sudarshan News editor Suresh Chavhanke's speech: Hemant Soren". The Indian Express. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  10. ^ Jha, Fiza (9 March 2020). "Sudarshan News top editor does it again, now calls for economic boycott of 'rioters'". ThePrint. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  11. ^ Meghnad, S (28 October 2019). "Hindu TV: Honourable Suresh Chavhanke's Sudarshan News, sponsored by the taxpayer". Newslaundry.
  12. ^ Chaudhuri, Pooja (23 October 2019). "Sudarshan News and its alleged history of dangerous, communally-divisive misinformation". Alt News. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  13. ^ Vishal. "कौन हैं सुरेश चव्हाणके". LallanTop (in Hindi). Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  14. ^ Ahmed, Hilal (25 April 2019). Siyasi Muslims: A Story of Political Islams in India. Penguin Random House India Private Limited. p. 43. ISBN 9789353055127.
  15. ^ "TV Channel Pulled up After Calling Delhi infiltrators 'Rohingyas'". The Quint. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  16. ^ "Delhi HC refuses to vacate stay on Sudarshan TV show after controversy". 29 August 2020.
  17. ^ Krishnan, Revathi (1 September 2020). "Not just stay, need action against Sudarshan News for 'UPSC jihad' show, say ex-civil servants". ThePrint. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  18. ^ IANS (2 September 2020). "Take action against Sudarshan TV, former civil servants urge Amit Shah". Business Standard India. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  19. ^ "Communal and divisive: Ex-bureaucrats demand strong action against Sudarshan TV". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  20. ^ "Telecast of progranme on Muslim 'infiltration' in government services: No HC breather for Sudarshan TV". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  21. ^ "UPSC Jihad: Suresh Chavhanke of Sudarshan TV could never have cleared the UPSC". National Herald. 30 August 2020. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  22. ^ "Sudarshan TV showcause over programme code 'violation': Centre to SC". 24 September 2020.
  23. ^ "Suresh Chavhanke Gives Call to 'Fight, Die, Kill' to Make India a 'Hindu Rashtra'". The Wire. Retrieved 6 May 2022.
  24. ^ "Suresh Chavhanke Administers Oath to Make India 'Hindu Rashtra', BJP MLA Present". The Wire. Retrieved 6 May 2022.
  25. ^ Staff, Scroll. "Hindutva leaders call for killing of Muslims at Haridwar and Delhi events". Scroll.in. Retrieved 6 May 2022.
  26. ^ "'Indian govt gearing up for Muslim genocide like Holocaust'". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 6 May 2022.
  27. ^ "Hate speech at Delhi event: Expressing dissatisfaction at police's affidavit, SC asks to file "better affidavit"". ThePrint. 22 April 2022. Retrieved 6 May 2022.
  28. ^ Mehta, Archit (11 March 2020). "Sudarshan News broadcasts fake news about woman murdered in Tahir Hussain's house". Alt News. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  29. ^ "Malabar Gold wins suit against TV Channel". The Times of India. 10 March 2019. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  30. ^ "Kerala Court slaps Rs.50Lac defamation notice against Sudershan TV for airing Fake-news". The Milli Chronicle. 14 March 2019. Retrieved 25 May 2020.