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Twitter Trends #BanNetflixIndia Over A Complaint

| Published on September 9, 2019

Recently, a certain section of Twitteratis is calling for the online streaming app Netflix in India.

#bannetflixindia has been trending on Twitter recently. Reportedly, it all started when Ramesh N. Solanki, a Hindu activist and member of the Shiv Sena, filed a complaint at Mumbai‘s LT Marg Police Station.

Ramesh Solanki, a member of Shiv Sena IT Cell, has alleged that the US-based online streaming service is “defaming Hindus and India” through shows hosted on its platform.

In the complaint filed by Solanki, he has mentioned Netflix series like ‘Sacred Games’, ‘Laila’ and ‘Ghoul’, along with shows of standup comedian Hasan Minhaj, whom he says are responsible for representing the Hindu religion in a wrong way.

His complaint read,

Almost, every series on Netflix India is with the intention to defame the country on a global level. It is with deep-rooted Hinduphobia that the platform is portraying the nation in a bad light.

Followed by his complaint, #BanNetflixIndia was trending on Twitter all throughout Friday.

A Hindu group even took a poll asking whether “a company which does not even respect Hindus and Bharatiyas, have any business being in our country?”

Even though a majority were in favor of this movement but there were some who had a different opinion,

Earlier this year, Akali Dal MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa had called out filmmaker Anurag Kashyap for disrespecting Sikh community’s religious symbol ‘Kada’ in the second season of his web series Sacred Games 2. It was over a scene from the show where actor Saif Ali Khan‘s character Sartaj Singh is seen throwing away his Kada into the sea.

To comment on who is right and who is wrong is difficult. Sentiments have been hurt but it is true that the nation is suffering from more pressing issues at the moment.

What do you think about the ban?

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