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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

India bans Pakistani web series Sevak: The Confessions

India bans Pakistani web series Sevak. The web series will be aired on the OTT platform Vidly TV. India blamed the web series for airing anti-India content.

Order are released to ban the OTT streaming platform Vidly TV for airing the web series. “Nothing is what it seems as the race is on to seek the truth from a dark web woven of terror and deceit,” the synopsis on IMDb read.

The notice issued by the Indian Ministry of Information and Broadcasting noted that the web series found on the OTT platform “was found to be detrimental to national security, sovereignty and integrity alongside defense of India, security of the State, India’s friendly relations with foreign States, and public order in the country.”

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The ministry cited various elements in the online series as justification for this rejection. They said, “The web series portrayed an anti-India narrative on sensitive historical events and subjects of national importance. For example, operation Blue Star and its aftermath, the demolition of the Babri Masjid at Ayodhya, the killing of a Christian missionary named Graham Staines, the Malegaon blasts, the Samjhauta Express blasts, inter-state river water dispute related to the Sutlej Yamuna Link canal, etc.”

Ministry objected that Operation Blue Star is portrayed as the massacre of innocent Sikhs. The conditions in Punjab are depicted as sectarian conflict. “All policemen in Punjab are depicted without turbans, sending a message that non-Sikh policemen labeled the Sikh population as Khalistani terrorists,” the ministry said.

The statement noted that the scenes in the series give the wrong impression of the historical events. “Using religious symbols, the anti-Sikh riots of 1984 were shown to be an assault by Hindus against Sikhs,” the order added.

The series feature Mohsin Abbas Haider, Hajra Yamin, Nayyer Ejaz, Nazrul Hasan, Adnan Jaffer, and others. The series has been written by Saji Gul and directed by Anjum Shehzad.