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Hindu groups doctor images for inciting

New Delhi: When Pakistan is accused of doctoring images and videos showing alleged atrocities on Muslims in Assam, Hindu groups too “encashed” the opportunity to fan communal passion among the Hindus. Captioned as atrocities against “Assamese Hindus” by “illegal” migrant Muslims.

According to agencies a large number of SMSes that spread panic among people from the north-east living across the country were generated by fringe Hindu groups. The panic resulted in mass exodus from Pune, Bangalore and Chennai. An official has been quoted saying “Everyone is trying to ride the Assam conflict bandwagon for their own parochial and political gains. Right-wing Hindu groups have played a major role in spreading panic”. The portrayal of all Bodos as Hindus is also inaccurate as some are Christians. About 20% of the web pages - blocked by government agencies - were uploaded by the right wing Hindu fundamentals seeking to polarize the country along communal lines.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 September 2012 on page no. 14

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