First Time: Suresh Chavhanke airs ‘Bindas Maun’, protests the attack on press freedom from Liberal lobby

Sudarshan News editor-in-chief Suresh Chavhanke has once again caught everyone’s attention as he spoke about the ‘infiltration’ of India’s bureaucratic service by Muslims.

Taking to Twitter, Chavhanke shared a clip of the video in which he stated that the number of Muslims appearing and passing the UPSC exams is “suddenly” increasing, a trend that he went on to term “naukarshahi jihad”.

In the video clip, he says, “How come suddenly the number of Muslims has increased in IAS and IPS? What is the secret of them getting the highest marks and ranks in one of the toughest exams?… Imagine if the ‘jihadis of Jamia’ will be your district collectors and secretaries in ministries, what will happen then? Watch our biggest expose on ‘Naukarshahi jihad’ (bureaucracy jihad) this Friday.”

As soon as Chavhanke shared the promo video, it went viral like wildfire. However, the video did not go down well with many, as a result of which, the video attracted a lot of criticism from police officers, journalists and activists. The Indian Police Service Association denounced the video as communal and irresponsible journalism. The Indian Police Foundation and several other people demanded strict action against Chavhanke.

Several others expressed their outrage over his video and called for his account to be suspended. The hashtag #SuspendSureshChavhanke began to trend on Twitter.

Later, Editor-in-Chief of Sudarshan News aired a ‘Silent Show’, in which he kept himself mute to display his protest against his constitutional rights being hammered by the liberal lobby. He tied his mouth with a black strip after not being allowed to air the show by the gang which is known for crying freedom of speech every now and then. Talking to The Youth, Suresh Chavhanke made it clear that he is not against any community, he is against wrong doers. He reportedly wanted to expose those who are allotting marks on religious lines to candidates writing answers in “Urdu”.

Some former and present students of Jamia Millia Islamia had approached the high court stating that the show aims to incite hatred against the Muslim community at large.

However, the apex court had refused to impose pre-broadcast ban on Sudarshan TV from airing ‘Bindas Bol’ programme, the HC, in an interim order, stayed the telecast of the episode — ‘UPSC Jihad’ — which was scheduled to be telecast at 8 pm on Friday, 28 August.

Later, the ban on Sudarshan News TV imposed by the High Court was removed. Now, the IT ministry will take the decision on airing the show. This is not the first time Chavhanke has made the headlines. Earlier, he has spoken on various issues and has been criticised a lot. The editor is said to have declared India to be a Hindu Rashtra multiple times, and proudly claims that his channel is meant only for Hindus.

Writer, historian, and activist Dharam Sikarwar is a very active author The Youth. He writes on national and international issues, environment, politics. He is an avid book reader as well.