Turkish state-owned media house TRT World, infamously known for its anti-India credentials and propagating Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Ottoman Empire beliefs recently came up with a 14-minute short documentary on love jihad in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
However, rather than addressing the issue of the love jihad in its bare definition at the minute level with the multitude of cases around, the documentary turns into a full-blown propaganda piece churned solely to lambast the Hindus, harpoon the Hindutva ideology and paint the radical Islamists participating in love jihad as the apostle of love and cupid intertwined into one.
Using Pawan Rastogi, a 34-year-old Bajrang Dal activist to train its guns, the Turkish makers of the documentary use a ton of b-rolls, long montages, excessive zoom-in shots and dramatic background score to whitewash the reality of the situation. By cherry-picking a case where it suits the makers’ agenda, the Turkish news channel propagates their obvious partisan ideas and projects them onto the audience as the one ‘unflinching’ truth of the situation.
Just the way there is no Islamic terrorism and only Saffron terrorism, according to some fanatics, love jihad is not an everyday phenomenon, rather reverse-love jihad is.
The guy in the video claims himself to be a proud, devout Hindu who is an ardent supporter of the Hindutva cause. He remarks clearly that he never hid his identity from his wife, who happens to be a Muslim and whom he married and going by the statements never once tried to convert. The documentary makers conveniently stamp him as the one ‘going against his stated mission’. And this is all the readers to know regarding the 14-minute self-indulgent documentary.
It is indeed difficult to fathom that the plot of a short documentary can be so muddled, convoluted, prosaic and at the same time, a million miles away from reality. Even the hard-core radical Islamists would have a hard time believing that someone can actually alter the reality in such a twisted manner and present it with confidence.
As usual, the desi leftists picked up the documentary and began their usual tropes of disparaging the entire Hindu community. Take, for instance, Twitter user ‘Bhagwa Love Trap’ who proudly shared it, with the caption, “Documentary by @trtworld confirms Bhagwa Love Trap going on in UP.”
— BhagwaLoveTrap (@bhagwalovetrap) June 20, 2021
As reported by TFI previously, even Wikipedia believes that love jihad is not real and reverse love jihad by Hindus is concerning. The article explaining the phenomenon on Wikipedia is as nuanced as a student of ‘Gender studies’ writing an academic paper on ‘Quantum Physics’ with ‘Inter-sectional feminism’ as the core concept. It is illogical and incoherent at best, while plain stupid at its worst.
If love jihad was indeed a figment of imagination then the southern states, supposedly the most literate and educated Homosapien species across India would not have sounded the bugle on its menace.
As reported by TFI, Kerala’s biggest Church, the Syro-Malabar Church had raised the alarms last year by claiming that Christian girls were being targeted and killed in the name of love jihad.
In November last year, to counter the growing threat of love jihad, the Syro Malabar Church of Kerala announced that it will issue guidelines to all bishops, strictly instructing them to ensure that all interfaith marriages involving Christian women and men are solemnised while strictly adhering to ‘Canon Laws’, failing which they might even be declared null and void.
Love Jihad is real, make no qualms about it. A foreign media organisation serving a radical master cannot be open and free in its journalistic integrity and those lapping up it as the truth surely need to make a conscious effort to snap back to reality.