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Demands to ban anti-Sikh 1984 riots “Grahan’’ web series

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Bibi Jagir Kaur has demanded that the “Grahan’’ web series based on the incidents of the 1984 riots be banned immediately as it portrays a Sikh character in an “objectionable manner”. She demanded that the Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry should ban the series.

#BanGrahanWebSeries was trending on Twitter on Wednesday morning to demand the ban on the upcoming series on the Disney+Hotstar platform on June 24.

Addressing the press conference here on Monday, Kaur said, “A Sikh character has been portrayed in an objectionable manner in a web series called ‘’Grahan’’ based on the 1984 Sikh genocide. In the web series, the charge of Sikh genocide is being levelled against a Sikh character which is highly condemnable and fabricated.”

“A legal notice has been sent by a witness of the genocide Nirpreet Kaur to Ajay G Rai, producer of ‘’Grahan’’ web series and Sunil Ryan, head and president of Disney+Hotstar. The SGPC also supports this notice,” she said.

Kaur said, “Through this web series, work is being done to rub salt on the wounds of Sikhs which would hurt the Sikh sentiments. Such films also hurt the communal harmony in society. Therefore, the government should enact strict Information Technology (IT) rules to curb such sensitive and objectionable trends.”

Further, Kaur demanded Sikh representatives in the Censor board to edit the controversial scenes related to Sikhs and the Sikh faith. She warned for aa legal action against the ‘’Grahan’’ producer and the head of Disney+Hotstar if the objectionable web series is released.

In addition, the SGPC president has strongly condemned the formation of a replica model of Sachkhand Sri Harmandar Sahib in a park near Punjabi Bagh in Delhi. She said the Sikhs could never tolerate a replica of the Golden temple anywhere in the world.

Kaur said, “When this issue came to light, I was in regular contact with the president of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) Manjinder Singh Sirsa since yesterday. Today, the DSGMC in support of the Delhi Sangat has immediately removed the replica of Sachkhand Sri Harmandar Sahib.”

Kaur said, “With such actions, some people are deliberately trying to provoke the Sikh sentiments. Such acts cannot be tolerated and should be stopped immediately. Strict action should be taken against the culprits so that no one could play with the Sikh sentiments.”

Kaur said about two months ago on April 7, 2021, the SGPC had written a letter to Twitter Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey about the alleged hate-filled tweets by some users against Sikhs in India and abroad.

But the SGPC has neither received any response from Twitter nor any action as yet, she claimed.

Kaur further said, “The threats to repeat the 1984 genocide of Sikhs on social media platforms are common which spoil the atmosphere and has created a lot of resentment in the minds of Sikhs. But no action was ever taken against those who spread hatred against the Sikhs.

“Such hate propaganda has increased by many folds after the farm agitation was launched against three farm laws passed last year and many Sikh organisations including the SGPC supported the same.”

She said the support to farmers’’ agitation irritated certain elements in India and their supporters abroad.

“We all know about this certain lobby and how it works in an organised and very vicious way. There has never been any legal action against those indulging in hate-filled propaganda against Sikhs and the utterly communal and anti-Sikh elements multiplied their efforts after the farm agitation”, said Kaur. 

Inputs via PTI

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