TOI Smear Campaign : Blatant,Defamatory Lies and Vitriol of TOI Editor
I am a private citizen who is extremely interested in Indian history. The fact that I read Marxist historian Romila Thapar’s works at the age of 13, should indicate my fascination with History. I used to be in awe of her work until I started examining primary sources which made me realise the huge disparity between our history books and the truth of the facts revealed by primary sources.
That is when I took a resolve to present history based on facts. It does not matter if people, brainwashed by mainstreamed Marxist History, treat what I share as alternate History. They are bound to be convinced when they refer the primary sources that I share. That is why I spend my free time on Twitter and other Social Media Sites and record history based on primary sources. That is what I do. A private citizen who utilizes his personal time to share History.
Am not any political or social activist, nor do I harbour any notions of becoming one. Yet, I have been targeted by the Mainstream Establishment through overt and covert ways. I am not writing this post to cry victim. That is NOT my intent.
I am writing it simply to show how the Media collaborates to suppress those individuals who present facts that do not match their own opinions. Let it serve as a mirror to the self-attested intellectuals who keep pontificating on FoE on the one hand and show utter contempt for the the FoE of a private citizen. They have no tolerance for the views of others, even if those views are based on hard facts!
This gang has, time and again, sought to defame and discredit me, a private citizen, through means fair and foul. Most of you would be aware of the daily, dim-witted diatribe from the left inclined tweeple on my TL, which I largely choose to ignore.
I logged into twitter on Sunday, to find my handle featured in the TOI article “Faking history starts online”
It began by ranting how anonymous handles circulate falsehood and cites an example of how a false picture of Tipu Sultan was circulated all over the internet, this Tipu Jayanti. And it names me among the list of handles who circulate falsehood.
Last week, as Karnataka observed Tipu Sultan Jayanti, the social media universe exploded with right-wing rage. A photograph with the tag ‘the real Tipu Sultan’ was circulated on Twitter and Facebook, accompanied by vitriolic comments.In fact, the photo was of a Zanzibari slave trader named Tippu Tip … This refusal to think is what the thriving factory of fake history exploits, and is the reason it has been so successful at polarising opinion. This fake history factory found many gullible victims. …Many anonymous Twitter handles regularly peddle falsehoods
The very first paragraph shows what a shameless liar this author Manimugdha Sharma is. I have never circulated any picture of “real Tipu Sultan”. In fact, I have clarified more than a year ago, on my TL, that we do NOT have any pictures of Tipu Sultan
Rather than crediting me for clearing a misconception, this man behaves as though he made some brilliant discovery and shamelessly rants how I am distorting history. Unlike this biased author who only rants about right wing and shamelessly keeps quiet when his friends and masters peddle falsehood, I am neutral at busting propaganda. Not only have I called out the fake picture of Tipu, I have also called out ignorance and falsehood peddled in the name of history by his friend and self-proclaimed historian Rana Safvi .
Here this self-proclaimed historian claims that Hindus do not worship buffaloes because “Aryans were a pastoral society and buffaloes were not present in India then”. This is laughable statement and shows how ignorant and fake these Gangi Jamuni Tehzeebi “historians” are. There are several mentions of Buffalo in Rig Veda. The great Indologist AA Macdonnel writes the following in his book “Vedic Index”
The Cambridge World History of Food (Kenneth F. Kiple,2000) confirms that Buffaloes have been in India since 3.5 million years.
Of course, you will never find people like Manimugdha Sharma talking about these blatant inaccuracies peddled by his leftist friends. He cares for propaganda, not facts.
The article then accuses me of Photoshopping content. It says
Many anonymous Twitter handles regularly peddle falsehoods with the help of photo-editing tools. These then go viral as verified handles, even celebrities, retweet them, either because they are genuinely taken in, or because they suffer from heavy confirmation bias. One such anonymous handle is TrueIndology…..
I was completely shocked to read this shameless lie, for, I CANNOT EVER photoshop pictures, leave alone, post them on twitter. Why? Because my “photoshopping” skills don’t go beyond cropping or enlarging pictures using basic tools like MS Paint!
The article continues,
One such anonymous handle is TrueIndology, which, according to Pratik Sinha of AltNews, is a “serial faker”.
I was sickened to see blatant ad-hominem carried against me in a Mainstream newspaper. ToI, a National Daily published what one Pratik Sinha thinks about me. Imagine the depth to which a Mainstream newspaper has sunk to – publishing ad-hominem and abuse directed at me by those who are intolerant to my view of history.
How does it matter what others think of me? Tomorrow, I might claim that according to my friend, TOI author Manimugdha Sharma is a cheap stalker and sexual abuser. I am as much a serial faker as Manimugdha Sharma is a rapist. But I will, definitely, not post an article in ToI about Manimugdha Sharma being an abuser, without any evidence. However, TOI and Pratik Sinha have claimed that I have photoshopped pictures, without a shred of evidence!
The article says
AltNews had busted the propaganda of this handle in a series of articles earlier this year
What I write is “propaganda” because TOI and Pratik Sinha don’t agree with it. This is how the intolerant, mainstream establishment labels and smears those who do not share their worldview. It is laughable to see supposed Journalists like Manimugdha Sharma (TOI ) and Pratik Sinha calling my twitter feed as “propaganda”. I do not earn a penny for what I do on social media in my free time. My blog does not have any Adsense, even when my articles fetch better traffic than many TOI articles. And I am definitely not the one clamouring for donations to carry hit-jobs like the lying altnews.
I am a private citizen and NO ONE, absolutely NO ONE, has the right to call me names, even if the content of my twitter feed is wrong. These brazen-faced, two-bit liars are doing exactly what they are accusing me of. They are indulging in disgusting propaganda and smear campaign against a private citizen because they cannot tolerate my views.
Four months ago, AltNews carried a hit Job against me where they scanned through my TL to dig out a few 2 years old tweets, took them out of context, even picked a few semantic mistakes here and there, to weave a series of posts with such an insipid title as “True Fraudology”.
These blue-eyed boys of the mainstream media neither respected my FOE nor thought of checking with me to find out my views. The jury on me was out even before I saw the article. It did not occur to them that I am a private citizen and it was none of their business even if I posted Porn on my twitter feed.
What they posted was pathetic. Their hash job, which was supposed to “bust” my “propaganda”, was erroneous and full of more lies and mistakes than the “Truth of Gujarat” blog run by Pratik Sinha, who fraudulently passes off a medieval temple for a “Neolithic site”. That series of posts was full of lies, ignorance, fakery and arrogance.
Despite being aware of the malafide intention of AltNews and its fakery champion founder, I chose to pen a comprehensive response to all his lies here . I responded to each and every false accusation, even when I was answerable to NONE, for, I wanted to give them a last benefit of the doubt. A moral media outlet would have simply acknowledged its mistake and taken off the articles full of blatant lies and personal smearing. It has been 5 months and they have neither answered me nor corrected themselves/taken off the piece. Instead, they have used the same piece for a hit job in the print media.
Their intention, obviously, has never been to have a proper discourse. They have always wanted to use lies and deception to smear, abuse and harass me, a private citizen, and destroy my reputation because I am writing something that does not toe their view of history.
The article continues
TrueIndology has over 58,000 followers, and most of its tweets stick to the now standard right-wing template — show Muslims in poor light, glorify Hindus, abuse lefties and liberals — and if you can’t find facts, just fake it.
Did you see that? Even more generalised stereotyping. Apparently, there is a right-wing template – show Muslims in poor light, glorify Hindus, abuse lefties and liberals.
Curiously, Manimugdha Sharma projects onto me, what is actually, his mind-set and modus operandi. Here are few tweets of his that highlight what I mean.
You can see how “Manimughal Sharma” makes fun of Vedic Hindus because they believe in Vimanas and shows them in poor light. He insults Hindus and talks of “saffron weed” because saffron is sacred to Hindus. He lampoons Hindus when a cow is killed because some Hindus consider it sacred. He even insults Lord Krishna and says that Lord Krishna uses soap made of cow dung.
Such communal tweets, which create hatred and communal tension in society, should be outrightly avoided by people who become editors. One might think that he is a rationalist who ridicules religion and is entitled to his FOE. But this respectful reverence to Prophet of another religion shows that his hatred is targeted.
At any rate, this person is doing exactly what he falsely and dishonestly accuses me of- hating and targeting one community and glorifying another.
How dare ToI and its Editor insinuate that my TL is anti-Muslim? I challenge them to show me a single derogatory tweet on my TL about their Prophet. I am perfectly within my right to exercise this FOE but I won’t write disrespectful stuff, unlike the bigoted Manimugdha Sharma. These people conveniently label anyone who does follow their lead as anti-Muslim. They smear and attempt to silence anyone who calls out their ignorance and fakery.
This entire TOI piece is a rant against the supposed “right wing” but if they expect people to humbly suffer their insults, they are in for a rude awakening. I have interacted with this person on Twitter, but never abused him. Yet he tried to stereotype me as an abuser only because I dared to counter him with facts.
Let us look at the online communication of our “holier than thou” ToI Editor. Seems like he needs to look no further than his mirror to see what an abuser looks like:
The ToI Editor further writes,
In one instance, this handle tweeted out a photo of 1984 anti-Sikh riots at Chandni Chowk and said it was a photo of Congress workers burning down houses of Brahmins after Gandhi’s assassination in 1948.
Yes, I did that. It is absolutely true that Congress workers killed Brahmins (I have given sources in my article to show this indisputable fact). I had actually misplaced the picture under a different folder I had stored in my PC and hence I posted a wrong picture. I have accepted this mistake of mine at the end of my article. This was one of thousands of pictures I have posted and there are bound to be a few mistakes. Despite my admission in a very public post, they used it to smear me.
The TOI editor writes
In another, it tweeted a photo of a nomadic settlement in Afghanistan and declared it the original architecture of the Mughals before they came to India
I did no such thing. I gave picture of tent to show the kind of tents Mughals had before coming to India. I have clarified everything in my long response. Of course, this TOI reporter did not bother to see it. Pratik Sinha did not bother to counter it. They are not interested in any dialog. They will only misinterpret, take things out of context and smear people who do not hold their views.
But I know what bothers “Mani-Mughal” Sharma. I stated in my article that Mughals by themselves could not construct anything more than tents (like the ones I have shown in the picture) when they were just about to come to India. If this bothers him, he should write a rebuttal to my post. He could not do that. Like a coward, he misused his position to rant and complain before national audience, without any basis.
And he concludes
In another, it tweeted a photo of a nomadic settlement in Afghanistan and declared it the original architecture of the Mughals before they came to India — a regurgitation of the old Hindu nationalist fantasy that all Mughal buildings were originally Hindu temples and palaces.
Another blatant falsehood written by this shameless editor to smear me. I challenge him to show me where I said “all Mughal buildings were Hindu temples and palaces”. I challenge him to show me where I have claimed Taj Mahal was a Hindu building. All my claims are backed by scholarly sources on the basis of Epigraphy/Archaeology.
Now let us look at some interesting snippets of the “history buff” ToI Editor who mocks the Modi Government for not getting History right, chiding them with, “Ranjit singh died in 1839. How could you say he gifted Kohinoor in 1850?”, fraudulently stating Modi Govt made a claim that Ranjit Singh gifted the Kohinoor.
Except that Modi Government made no such claim. The link given in his tweet records them saying that “it was gifted by Maharaja Duleep Singh”.
This cheap, dishonest fakery passes off as “intellectual criticism of Modi Govt” in TOI circles.
Moving on to another instance, the ToI Editor shares the image of Lord Krishna on the walls of the Mughal Fort, without clarifying that it belongs to the period of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and has no connection with the Mughals, per se. This, despite a user asking him to clarify.
For Manimughal Sharma and his ilk, Krishna could be mocked and verbally smeared with cowd ung but anything relating to Krishna needs to associated with Mughals and they should be portrayed as tolerant. It does not matter even if it is not related to Mughals at all.
And look at him here, proclaiming the majesty of a Mathura Style piece as that from the Gandhara Style!
There have been instances when I have corrected this ToI Editor in order to ensure that facts are presented to the general public, instances where this man resorted to blatant lies ( he denied there was a farman by Aurangzeb against Diwali fireworks) or partial quoting (in case of Humayun) to whitewash Mughal history and portray them as tolerant rulers.
Despite being a History Major, this individual, who is obviously in need of a “History for Beginners and Now” Tutorial, writes in a Mainstream Media outlet on history and tries to take out personal animosity, using a false piece, to smear my credibility, citing a largely discredited individual as a source. It would have been laughable, had it not been despicable.
Now, that we have seen the exploits of the ignorant ToI Editor Manimugdha Sharma, who is full of scorn and venom for Hindus, let us see the feats of Pratik Sinha pimped by Manimugdha Sharma as some sort of a certifying authority.
When I punctured the pathetic series of lies concocted by Pratik Sinha and AltNews, for its fakery, they ostriched it out by not acknowledging my response. Not only that, when I caught him lying several times, he did not show the courage to accept his errors.
Only once did he ever come close to accepting anything and even in that instance, he began by fraudulently accusing me of passing off a famine pic as a Hindu-Muslim riot pic.
It was only after people called him out for his Fakery that he took back his word.
This “fact checker” easily labels everyone as “fraud” and “fake” but does not have the basic decency to acknowledge his mistake even when he is completely wrong. His lack of ethics and morality is visible when he simply excuses himself by simply saying “He is right, I researched more”! And he had to accept it because a picture is easily verifiable by anyone and he stood thoroughly exposed. Otherwise, whenever this supposed “fact checker” misses out facts, he never acknowledges his errors.
Here, this self-proclaimed fact checker confidently asserts that Hindutva was coined by Savarkar. It is surprising that this person who boasts of facts does not even get his basic facts right about something he is obsessed with the most – Hindutva.
Even when it was shown how he was blatantly wrong, this fact checker did not have the basic ethics to correct himself. This shows he is more about propaganda than any facts. While one could give him the benefit of doubt and attribute the above mistakes to his ignorance, what can explain Pratik Sinha tweeting a fake quote to defame Golwalkar and show Sangh in bad light?
Sinha quotes Golwalkar saying “Hindus, don’t waste your energy fighting the British. Save your energy to fight our enemies that are Muslims, Christians and Communists”. Such a quote is not found in any of the writings of Golwalkar. On the contrary, Golwalkar dismisses those who were favorably inclined to British as “slaves”.
This was pointed out to him months ago. Yet, the supposed “fact checker” did not deem it necessary to acknowledge and correct himself. This fake quote serves his useful propaganda to defame the Sangh and therefore he has no qualms in spreading such lies.
More such examples can be cited from Sinha’s blog where he made a lot of fake claims to defame Narendra Modi. He claimed here that Narendra Modi did not visit the relief camp housing Muslims for 35 days after 2002 riots.
This is a white lie. Narendra Modi visited camps on housing minorities, as reported by The Hindu article dated March 6, 10 days after Sabarmati Express was torched in Godhra. The same was also reported by TOI. Even when he was called out by people for this blatant lie, he neither acknowledged nor corrected his blog, for, every lie helps his propaganda.
There are many other lies in his blog such as this dangerous, defamatory one where it says that Modi organised a Gaurav Yatra to celebrate Gujarat riots . I offer to delete all my blogs if anyone can show any proof that Modi organised Gaurav Yatra to celebrate riots. Modi has always expressed his regret for the riots and termed them unfortunate. Such lies are fabricated to incite people, divide communities and provoke strife. He was called out for this lie by the Admin of blog of Gujarat riots. But what did the serial liar do. Nothing! He keeps circulating these lies through his blog on the one hand, and self-attests himself as a “fact checker”, on the other.
Glancing through his blog, I found total lies, fabrications, fakery and fraudulence and called him out for manufacturing statements of three witnesses in his blog. What he’s stated was false and completely contradictory to Nanavati report. While Nanavati report records that witnesses saw mob outside Godhra train throwing petrol inside the train, Pratik Sinha fraudulently misquoted and partial quoted everyone and attributed to them fake testimonies to arrive at an opposite conclusion i.e. he recorded them saying that no petrol was thrown into the train.
When asked to clarify the reason for such preposterous, inflammatory lies on his blog, the liar blamed my source, namely, the Nanavati Commission report which according to him, was false and could be not be believed. He suggested some unclear connection with a criminal by bringing Babu Bajrangi out of nowhere!
It is surprising that a person like Pratik Sinha, who runs such a fake blog, questions the character of a retired Judge of the Supreme Court. I am certainly not saying that our Judiciary always gets everything 100% right. But our judiciary has largely been credible. Although there can be room for a wrong judgement, it is one thing to question a judgement and another to question the very idea and character of Judiciary. What Pratik Sinha says is that the witnesses were falsely quoted in the Nanavati commission report.
This is impossible. Judgements could go either way, but the entire Judicial system cannot blatantly lie and attribute false statements to witnesses in their official records before everyone. If it was so, why did they not complain that witnesses were falsely quoted in the Commission report? All parties, including theirs, saw the report and had nothing to say.
Even if one were to allow some scope for the impossible and accept, for the sake of argument, that the Nanavati Commision report was deliberately lying and misquoting the witnesses, then how do we arrive at the truth? Pratik Sinha shared a file which, he claimed had statements of the witness. Strangely, his own file gave a source that contradicts his blog and seconds the Nanavati report stating that the witnesses indeed saw outsiders throwing inflammable liquid inside the train. When this was pointed out to him, he simply had nothing more to say.
Here, he lied on three occasions.
- He misquoted and fabricated the statements of witnesses.
- He then claimed that Nanavati report was false, when it was in fact, true. His argument that his statements were true and Nanavati misquoted witnesses was a lie, because it was he who infact misquoted and fabricated statements of witnesses.
- His third lie was essentially to save his face when he said that his blog accepts fireballs were thrown from outside, when he clearly says Godhra burning happened due to “spontaneous fire” in his blog
Now, one would expect an honest person to acknowledge his mistake and correct his blog. But the self-certified fact checker has shamelessly retained everything on his blog since it furthers his agenda and that is all that the fake checker cares about.
No wonder that with so many untruths in their story, Nanavati Commision remarked that “their version is not worthy of any credence“. They were also rejected by people and ended up badly losing their deposits in election. And this is the same person who gives out certificates of honesty and labels others “fakers”.
Readers who followed the hit and run campaign by the lying, alternate truth peddling Pratik Sinha and his altnews would also have seen how they turned tail when their vicious lies were caught and rebutted.
Pratik Sinha continues to boast how people following history accounts are fools who cannot go beyond google and implies it is experts like him who use textbooks instead of blogs
Since the average internet user cannot verify facts by reading a textbook or asking a historian, he only has Google to turn to. These fake history pages often come up on the first page itself during searches, not academic links. So, people pick up what’s easily available,” says Pratik Sinha
Ironically, Pratik Sinha himself , in his blog which allegedly “busted my propaganda”, used as source a random china blog which contained false information and ended up claiming that I gave false information in my tweet. Unfortunately for him, I had sourced my information in that tweet not from any blog but from scholarly article of a noted Indologist. Of course, Pratik Sinha ended up with egg on his face but did not have the basic courtesy to apologise to me for lying and defaming me using false information and false blogs. These people do exactly what they accuse right wingers of. Relying on blogs and faking content.
One would expect that after realising that I am not here to score any political goals, they would mind their own business, as I go about my pursuit of History. But no! Even after being completely discredited through my rebuttal, ToI chose to extend the same smear campaign against me in its Sunday Times.
What does this tell us about people like Manimugdha Sharma and Pratik Sinha who are no better than goons and hoodlums masquerading as journalists. And what does it tell us about ToI?
I don’t care at whose behest such people are harassing, smearing, attempting to harm me and my reputation. But I know for a fact that Faking History started as soon as India came into existence in 1947 and even earlier, perhaps. It is only now that the Making right of History, based on sources, has started online and I am super proud of my role in that.
I seek the truth and I shall continue to seek and share it – detractors shall be decimated by the Divine