Intolerance prevails: Jamia scholar heckled and ousted from TV debate on '72 Hoorain' filmtext_fields
New Delhi: Hate and intolerance have become synonymous on most national television debates, as evidenced by the recent incident where a Jamia scholar was heckled and removed from a platform during a debate on a film called '72 Hoorain,' which is allegedly deemed Islamophobic.
The co-panellists could not tolerate the views expressed by Shoaib Jamai, the chairman of the India Muslim Foundation, against the film, while they continued to express their negative opinions about the community, creating a one-sided narrative that was deemed acceptable.
In a dramatic turn of events, a video capturing the intense atmosphere of a television debate has gone viral, Shoaib Jamai being heckled and subsequently asked to leave the program. The incident has garnered widespread attention, with numerous political leaders and familiar faces from television debates expressing their reactions.
Among those who shared the viral video was Shiv Sena MP, Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray, who humorously remarked, "Indian news channels providing better entertainment than OTT platforms."
On the other hand, BJP national spokesperson Shehzad Poonawalla took a strong stance, announcing his refusal to participate in any news channel debate if Shoaib Jamai were also a panellist. Poonawalla cited Jamai's alleged crossing of boundaries in terms of civility and decency, leading to his decision to avoid sharing a platform with him.
The viral clip showcased a physical altercation where co-panellist Subuhi Khan can be seen pushing Jamai, prompting the show's hosts to intervene and ask Jamai to leave the program. The discussion in question revolved around the upcoming movie '72 Hoorain,' directed by Sanjay Puran Singh, which is set to be released in theatres on July 7.
In a particular instance, Jamai made a statement suggesting that India could transform into "Akhand Bharat" if 25 crore Muslims from Bangladesh, 25 crores from Pakistan, and 25 crores from India were to unite. Jamai clarified that his intention was not to deliver a hate speech against the Hindu community.
Reacting to the incident on social media, Shoaib Jamai took to Twitter and shared a detailed account of the attack he endured, expressing his disappointment over the unfortunate event. Despite being subjected to abuse by his co-panellist, Jamai expressed his desire not to escalate the matter further.