BJP and Allies Contributed to Majority of Hate Speech Used in India in 2017

ICC Note: A new study regarding hate speech in India has shown that the ruling BJP is now responsible for the majority of hate speech. According to the report, the BJP and its allies contributed to 78% of the hate speech used in 2017. Often, these were caste- or religious-based remarks made during state elections. This use of hate speech against religious minorities is one of the major contributing factors to rising persecution in India.   

07/11/2018 India (Matters India) – Bihar has had the highest number of hate speech incidents from 2014 to 2018, says a study by law students.

Uttar Pradesh and Telangana took the second and third spot while the leaders of the National Democratic Alliance contributed to the highest number of hate speeches during the period.

Over 78 percent of the total hate speech incidences reported from across the country were by the leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party in 2017. The BJP’s share in hate speeches has risen over the years – 21 percent in 2014, 45 percent in 2015, and 58 percent in 2016, according to the students.

The students said a comparative study of hate speeches at the time of state elections during the past four years reveals factors behind the victorious track record of the BJP in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.

The study found that during Bihar Assembly elections in 2015, the BJP leaders sought people’s votes by making caste- and religion-based remarks on 14 occasions – 45 percent of the total hate speeches in that year in the state. The RJD contributed 29 per cent of the hate speeches and grabbed second position in seeking votes through caste-based politics.

The JDU-led by Nitish Kumar has the cleanest track record among all political parties in Bihar in not mixing religion with politics.

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