2024 Election unmasks India’s enemies in friends’ garb

Western democracies usually posing as friends of India, like the US, UK and France gave a free hand to their media Czars to carry out unrestrained anti-Modi and anti-Hindu tirades, mostly sparked by the opposition alliance at home.
Keywords: Elections, Democracy, Western, Media, Opinion, Debate, Comprehensive, Manipulation
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The Modi government, as well as the Indian nation, knew that India’s ascendency as an economic and military power was becoming a problem for some countries and international organisations apart from traditional adversaries like China and Pakistan.  However,  they may not have been aware of the scale and size of anti-Modi and anti-Hindu networks commissioned by either the ‘deep states’ or corporations with colossal financial means. A rising India with its burgeoning human resources, vast technological competence, growing economy and sound agricultural base all have the potential to turn into a truly powerful  state. This is galling to those used to enjoying a monopoly of power and influence.

The single objective of all the malevolent elements was to disable the BJP in the parliamentary elections and replace the Modi government with one that would dance to their tune. Western democracies usually posing as friends of India, like the US, UK and France gave a free hand to their media Czars to carry out unrestrained anti-Modi and anti-Hindu tirades, mostly sparked by the opposition alliance at home. 

France claims to be more friendly towards India in comparison to other EU countries but the French media produced reports, articles and analyses to paint the NDA government in the darkest colour. Such vicious material has been published in leading French language papers and audiovisual with worldwide circulations like Le Monde, Le Soir, La Croix (International), Le Temps, Reporterre, and Radio France Internationale (RFI). Their target was to defame Prime Minister Modi and demonise the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and at the same time project Rahul Gandhi and the Indian National Congress (INC) as the saviours of democracy in India. This is a complete replication of what the INDI-Alliance orchestrated before and during the election. 

It is reported that millions of dollars were given to a particular political party with the goal of defeating the Bharatiya Janata Party, according to the Eurasian Times of 9 June in a revealing article titled ‘India’s Key Military Ally France Accused of Interfering In 2024 Lok Sabha election.’

Notably, the sections of the biased press had no qualms of conscience about calling Modi a “dictator’ and that India is being ruled by an “authoritarian regime”. 

In the 2019 elections, the party that had returned Modi as Prime Minister (whom the Western media calls a “dictator”) had won 303 seats out of a total of 543 seats in the Lok Sabha. In total, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) ended up with a total of 353 seats. The BJP won 37.76 per cent of votes, while the NDA’s combined vote share was 45% of the 603.7 million ballots polled. The Indian National Congress which the Western media calls “the saviour of democracy” had won 52 seats, failing to get 10% of votes.

Assuredly, the capitalist interpretation of terms like “dictator” or “authoritarian regime” is different from what we find in the lexicon. Le Monde wrote several articles focusing on the false narratives about Islamophobia in India and using epithets like  “undemocratic nature’ of India, describing an alleged ‘stigmatization’ of Muslims and growing authoritarianism.” 

It is common sense that a paper of Le Monde‘s stature (but known for its ideologically partisan coverage) would not indulge in such insistent demonising of the world’s largest democracy unless it harboured hostile designs against Modi and his government or was lavishly funded to indulge in systematically negative coverage.

The Eurasian Times reports that such “agenda-based propaganda was reportedly manufactured by intelligence agencies in the United States – a country that boasts of being the “democratic heaven” yet frames fake charges against political opponents.

The UK spy agencies are proactive in India and are well informed about the Indian political and social structure. They have also played a subtle role in fabricating false opinions and publishing propaganda material maligning Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

A French political analyst Christophe Jaffrelot (CJ) is known for his highly biased reports, articles and analyses that castigate Prime Minister Modi and the BJP government. Interestingly, CJ, the leading French political scientist with his rabid anti-Hindu propensity, is frequently quoted not just by French media portals but also by Indian media outlets, including The Indian Express, The Wire, and other leftist and pseudo-Islamist propaganda machines”, adds the ET.  Directly exposing anti-India gangsters, the Eurasian Times writes this sensational paragraph: “Christophe Jaffrelot and a band of anti-India propagandists heavily promoted the Caste and Caste Census. George Soros and a few more notorious individuals have spent millions of dollars promoting the “Caste and Caste Census,” while one entity leading this agenda is Equality Labs, promoted by Jamaat-e-Islami and anti-India lobbying groups.” 

This indicates that there is a nexus among more Western media outlets, their funding sources and the Islamist radicals represented by Jamat-i-Islami.

We learn that Equality Labs, a so-called progressive organisation, was founded by a Dalit techie and activist named Thenmonzhi Soundararajan— a US citizen– to combat caste discrimination. Operating since 2016, the NGO was registered only in 2022 as Equality Labs LLC in Delaware in March 2022 and in California in July 2022.  Soundararajan, was working on grants from the Open Society Institute – a multinational private body funded by George Soros. Its members are of questionable backgrounds; Sharmin Hossain, a Bangladeshi American  served as the Political Director of the OSI. Sharmin is the daughter of Mohamed Hossain, a Bangladeshi national and a former socialist student organiser in the Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD). She also is the 2015 Open Society Youth Exchange Fellow under which she founded the Bangladeshi Historical Memory Project. In 2018 she staged a placard-holding event with former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and former general counsel in charge of legal, policy, and trust matters at Twitter, Vijaya Gadde to promote ‘Smash Brahminical Patriarchy’ and ‘End Caste Apartheid’ posters.

Equality Labs’s other cofounder is Maari Zwick Maitreyi, also known as Valli Karunakaran. She is also the Director and Executive Editor of the US-based news portal TwoCircles.net, which is an essential part of the US-based Jamaat and anti-India lobbying nexus, including the Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA).

Huma Dar, a provocateur of Pakistani origin of the Khalistan-Kashmir agenda, and Natasha Dar, granddaughter of Pakistani army Colonel Bashir-ud-Din, who took an active part in the genocide during the 1971 war of independence of Bangladesh, are also active members of Equality Labs. Huma Dar has been a key protagonist of the Kashmir-Khalistan desk conceived by the Pakistani spy agency Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) and an influential supporter of Pakistan and Jamaat-e-Islami’s operations in the United States.

This is only the tip of the iceberg. The conspirators have succeeded in influencing and misleading the voters in India. Though Modi got the necessary number of parliamentarians to help him form a coalition government, the narrative is a stark warning to those who believe that democracy protects us from manipulations inside the country and abroad. The democratic system needs reforms and restructuring to protect it from destructive elements with no purpose other than creating chaos and anarchy. The UN must open a comprehensive debate on the subject.

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K N Pandita

K N Pandita has a PhD in Iranian Studies from the University of Teheran. He is the former Director of the Centre of Central Asian Studies, Kashmir University.

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