If you want others to take action against something offensive, you must lead the path instead of waiting for others to take initiative. India doesn’t need such lessons and thus, keeps leading the world to a path where there are no anti-nationalists, radicals, Khalistanis, and extremists. In one such move, the nation raised its anti-Khalistani voices to an extent that it is now being heard by the UK.
Following India’s line to ban any means of communication that promotes pro-Khalistani propaganda, the UK is now taking required actions against the channels promoting the pro-Khalistan sentiments.
KTV’s license gets cancelled
The UK-based broadcast channel Khalsa Television Limited was left with no option but to surrender its broadcast license. Why? Well, Ofcom, the UK media watchdog, found the channel broadcasting content that could have incited violence.
Thus, Ofcom sent a draft notice to revoke the license of KTV – the TV channel that serves to the British Sikh community.
Reportedly, KTV was put off-air after March 31 when a programme titled ‘Prime Time’ aired content that is believed to be giving ‘indirect call to action for Sikhs to commit violence, up to and including murder’ by travelling to Punjab for the separatist Khalistani movement.
Jagjit Singh Jeeta, the presenter of the program, provoked Sikhs to “emulate the past acts of Sikh separatist leaders and commit acts of violence, including murder.”
“The presenter of the programme made a number of statements throughout the programme which, taken together, promoted violent action, including murder, as an acceptable and necessary form of action to further the Khalistani cause. This was a serious breach of our rules on incitement of crime and disorder,” Ofcom said in a statement.
“The presenter repeatedly praised people who perpetrated terrorist incidents and violent crimes carried out in the name of the Khalistan secessionist movement or Sikhism and referenced them directly alongside his calls to travel to Punjab. The presenter specifically suggested that the objective of achieving an independent state of Khalistan should be pursued ‘at any cost’, including ‘through the power of the gun’,” the statement added.
The media watchdog, thus, stepped in with the decision to suspend KTV for its Khalistani propaganda, which has led the channel to lose its license.
Ofcom informed, “On 13 May 2022, Ofcom issued a draft notice to revoke the broadcasting licence of Khalsa Television Limited, which Ofcom had suspended after its channel KTV broadcast material that was likely to incite violence.”
As per the Ofcom, “This was the third time within four years that this licensee had been found in breach of our rules on incitement to crime due to programmes inciting violence. The KTV television channel served the Sikh community in the United Kingdom.”
The UK Sikhs are true patriots
While the British channel is openly involved in promoting pro-Khalistan sentiments, the Sikhs in UK are the true patriots. TFI believes that the UK Sikhs are the antidotes that the Khalistani poison needs. It must be noted that while the Khalistanis of the country have the support of fence-sitters of the Sikh community, the true patriots, sitting thousands of miles away in the UK are building pressure on the entire community to get its act right.
Reportedly, the Sikh community in the United Kingdom had last year started to push back against the anti-India campaign, which is led by the Khalistanis. The latter had organised many protest marches in the UK in the last year.
Crackdown on SFJ backed channels
Invoking the emergency powers provided under the new Information Technology Rules last year, the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) had banned the apps, websites and social media accounts of ‘Punjab Politics TV’ in the beginning of this year.
It is believed that the channel had links with the proscribed Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) outfit. The channel has also been accused of attempting to disrupt the public order during the ongoing Legislative Assembly Elections.
It was noted that the social media accounts could have incited communal disharmony and aimed at gaining traction amidst the ongoing elections. It asserted, “The contents of the blocked apps, website and social media accounts had the potential to incite communal disharmony and separatism; and were found to be detrimental to the sovereignty and integrity of India, security of the State, and public order. It was also observed that the launch of new apps and social media accounts was timed to gain traction during the ongoing elections,” the ministry added.
It is pertinent to note that earlier in July 2020 the Home Ministry had blocked 40 websites belonging to pro-Khalistan terror outfit Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), for supporting secessionist activities, under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) 1967.
It is evident that the UK is realising that the pro-Khalistani sentiments are on the rise once again which are being used by such channels to run an anti-India campaign. The step to revoke the license of KTV is a welcoming step but it is the time for strict actions and preventive measures against anti-national forces.
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