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Freedom of Expression? #UPSC_Jihad by Sudarshan News targetted, IPS Association condemns

Vishnu Vasisht

Sudarshan News and its Editor-in-Chief Suresh Chavhanke are in the news once again. In a program on Sudarshan TV, Suresh Chavhanke has raised questions on the selection of candidates of a particular religion in the civil service. The programme, an “expose” on the “infiltration of Muslims” in the Civil Services with the hashtag ‘UPSC Jihad’ was shared on August 26.

Suresh Chavhanke shared a video on Twitter on Thursday, calling it an 'bureaucratic jihad', referring to the infiltration of Muslims into the civil services, on which now the IPS Association has lodged a protest.

The IPS Association tweeted Suresh Chavhanke's video describing communal hatred as saying, 'A news story targeting candidates in civil services on the basis of religion is being promoted by Sudarshan TV. We condemn communal and irresponsible journalism of journalism. Authorities demanded action against Chavhanke for this excerpt of the report to be aired on Friday'.

Complaints filed

On the other hand, Tehsin Poonawala has filed a complaint against Suresh Chavhanke with the Delhi Police. He tweeted that the program on Sudarshan News TV, titled 'Intrusion of Muslims in Jobs', is clearly communal and will incite hatred and violence against our Muslim citizens. At the same time RTI activist Saket Gokhale has started a campaign to register a police complaint against Chavhanke for the video. He has written a letter to UPSC demanding strict action against this hate video and program.

Suresh Chavhanke has written in a tweet that, 'The most important pillar of democracy is the expose of Muslim infiltration on the biggest posts of executive. #UPSC_Jihad , #Bureaucracy_Jihad. Friday 28 August at 8 pm only on Sudarshan News. In the video, he is seen raising some questions". He asks how suddenly Muslims grew in IAS, IPS? "Think, what if your district magistrate and Jamia's jihadi will be secretary in every ministry?" However, Suresh Chavhanke has given clarification in this matter. And has said that his talk is being manipulated in the media.

On one hand #SuspendSureshChavhanke is being trending in rage against Sudarshan News, whereas on the other hand, #BharatWithSureshChavhanke is also trending in support of the Journalist, citing he has utilised his Freedom of Expression.

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