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Interview: Mihir Srivastava

‘Love jehad a propaganda for electoral dividends’

Print edition : Dec 18, 2020 T+T-
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Mihir Srivastava.

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“Love Jihadis: An Open-minded Journey into the Heart of Western Uttar Pradesh” by Mihir Srivastava and Raul Irani (Westland, 2020)

Interview with Mihir Srivastava, author of “Love Jihadis”.

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Yes. We, as a nation, are a collection of subnationalities and an example of unity in diversity. We are not inherently divisive, irrespective of the faith we follow. And the book recounts many such instances. There is this blind Muslim girl who memorised the hagavad Gita against Amitabh Bachchan and the Kaun Banega Crorepati television show team for “hurting Hindu sentiments” with the following question: “On December 25, 1927, Dr B.R. Ambedkar and his followers burned copies of which scripture?” The options were (a) Vishnu Purana (b) Bhagavad Gita, (c) Rigved (d) Manusmriti.”

My book is also a comment on the functioning of my fellow journalists , and the propaganda being carried out as a journalistic endeavour to mislead people into believing in a crisis that doesn’t exist.

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