Online education portal Unacademy was caught promoting Hinduphobia yet again when a Twitter user posted a screenshot of the academy’s mock test papers promoting anti-Hindu narrative. The Tweet was posted by Prakhar Bansal who pointed out how questions projecting Hindu Dharma in a bad light were being promoted by Unacademy.
The question in Unacademy’s Law test read:
In a city named X, a group of Muslim people were carrying out their rally on the occasion of Eid. They were chanting their slogans and were celebrating their festivals. When they were passing through the streets of a Hindu-dominated colony, the Hindus of the area started pelting stones at them and claimed that they outraged the religious feelings of Hindus. Is the claim correct?
The question is totally loaded and projects Hindu Dharma and Hindus negatively. The confirmation to the left-liberal agenda is unmistakable. The intention seems to provoke Hindus rather than sensitize students towards supposed religious intolerance. It is amply apparent that the test module of Unacademy simply intended at hurting Hindu sentiments.
The good Muslim but intolerant Hindu narrative is one that is promoted by the leftists. An education portal using the same line of thought raises questions regarding the agenda it is attempting to peddle. Importantly, while the question uses a fictional place, while does Unacademy feel compelled to explicitly use names of the religion? Why are Hindus and Hindu Dharma alone projected in a negative light?
Will Unacademy publish a question from real-life scenarios where Hindu religious processions are attacked by Islamists time and again? Unacademy has used the typical liberal propaganda tool where the religious identities of victims and perpetrators are inter-changed when Hindus are the victims.
Worse, liberals always hide the identity of the aggressor if he/she is non-Hindu. This is done to perpetuate the propaganda that Hindus are culprits while non-Hindus, including Muslims, are innocents. While Unacademy shamelessly projected Hindus as aggressors, a recent case in the Madras HC attests that it is often the other way round.
Highlighting instances of Islamic intolerance towards Hindu religious processions, OpIndia says:
In December 2020, a Muslim mob pelted stones at Hindu groups for carrying out yatra near Begumbagh in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. According to the reports, several Hindus had taken out a Ramnidhi Sangrahan rally in Ujjain to collect donations for the Ram Mandir constructions at Ayodhya. The rally was scheduled to start from the tower area and end at Bharat Mata Mandir in the Mahakal area.
As the rally reached the Muslim-dominated area of Begumbagh, a mob targeted the rally and pelted stones at them from the rooftops. The Hindu activists saw themselves surrounded by heavy stone pelting and escaped towards safety. However, they left their vehicles on the spot.
In February 2020, four separate incidents of attack on Hindus during the Saraswati Puja celebrations by Muslim mobs were reported from various places in Jharkhand. According to the Jagran report, in Jharkhand’s Vidyasagar, Muslim mobs attacked Hindus who were carrying out a procession of Goddess Saraswati ahead of idol immersion. As they crossed a locality dominated by Muslims, the local residents objected against Hindus playing religious songs near the Karmatar area.
After social media users called out the bigotry of Unacademy, the platform went into damage control mode by issuing a statement. In its statement, Unacademy said that it ‘deeply regretted’ any hurt or offense caused by the question while adding that the IPC mock test paper containing the offensive question was being taken down from its platform.
Unacademy also said that the question paper was prepared by a third party, and the academy has now begun to tighten its internal review and quality process. Further, it said that they would thoroughly scrutinize future test papers and modify them to ensure that they are religion, community, and race agnostic.
This is not the first time Unacademy has landed in a controversy. Earlier, Unacademy educator Varun Awasthi was seen justifying the violence in Kashmir and inciting students through provocative remarks in his video. Even as Unacademy has tried to pin the blame on third parties in the present case, it is hard to believe the content would’ve passed muster without the platform’s approval.
(Featured Image Source: OpIndia)
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