Ruling Government in India Found to be Highest User of Hate Speech

ICC Note: A new study by Telegraph India has highlighted the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), led by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), as the worst offender of hate speech in India. Specifically, the study found that NDA politicians often use rhetoric dividing people along caste or religious lines. This use of hate speech has fueled rising religious intolerance and violence in India.

07/13/2018 India (World Watch Monitor) – The Northeastern Indian state of Bihar leads the way for hate speech in India, according to a new study published by Telegraph India.

Law students from three different universities in Patna, Dehradun and New Delhi used media reports between 2014-2018 to examine the use of hate speech in the country. They said that “acknowledging the influence of vitriolic remarks on the political behavior of the masses”, they wanted to study the phenomenon in a scientific manner.

In the study, Bihar was followed by its western neighbor Uttar Pradesh and the southern state of Telangana.

In the specified period, the worst offender was the National Democratic Alliance, led by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.

One example given by the study was the Bihar Assembly election in 2015, when the students found that the BJP frequently divided people along the lines of caste and religion.

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