News Desk,8 april (Sky News Bureau)
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) on Wednesday asked Twitter to block accounts that post hateful tweets about Sikhs, comparing them to Nazi Germany’s anti-Jew propaganda.
Bibi Jagir Kaur, the president of the gurdwara council, has written to Jack Dorsey, the CEO of the microblogging and social networking service Twitter, requesting guidance for Twitter’s India-based workers to track flag and delete hateful tweets against Sikhs.
The ‘direct and deleterious hate-filled’ tweets against Sikhs, according to Jagir Kaur, are the product of state farmers protesting the three agri-laws passed by the Centre.
Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have been camping on the borders of Delhi since November 26, demanding a repeal of these laws.
“Sikh organisations have supported farmers’ movement in India. Since then, there have been a lot of direct and deleterious hate-filled tweets against Sikhs on Twitter. These hate tweets have intensified after the recent resolution passed by the SGPC against the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS)’s bid to make India a Hindu Rashtra,” Kaur says in the letter.
The apex gurdwara management body had passed the resolution last month during its budget session. The resolution had also called upon the Centre to work for the protection of the rights and freedom of religion of all religions instead of being ready to implement RSS’ efforts.
In response, BJP national spokesperson RP Singh said the SGPC used the false bogey of Hindu Rashtra to hide its failures, especially when it came to Sikhs embracing Christianity in Punjab.
The SGPC chief termed the hate tweets an attempt to create bitterness between Hindus and Sikhs. “At the same time, after the unfortunate incident in Malout with Abohar MLA Arun Narang, there has been an open attempt to create hate against the Sikhs and also bitterness between Hindus and Sikhs,” she said, alleging that calls of repeating 1984 genocide with the Sikhs, calling farmers as terrorists are commonplace on Twitter.