The Fake News Factory Must Shut Down: Here’s Where to Begin

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The Fake News Factory Must Shut Down: Here’s Where to Begin

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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bout a month ago I met an estranged uncle of mine, whom I’d stopped talking to years ago and un-followed – although not un-friended – on Facebook. Of this chance reunion the most disconcerting memory that refuses to leave my head is his deceptively convenient image of reality. “Arré tum toh likhte ho na, tumhe toh pata hi hoga kaise Muslim humein dabaa rahe hain,” he said.

Of the many things he proposed during the conversation, which I tried on more than one occasion to leave, many had a common thread: Like the idea that it was Hindu history that was under threat of being overhauled, or that upper-caste Hindus were struggling to get into public offices and into positions of power, and that the possibility of a violent Muslim resurgence was upon us because in his words “badalenge thode na yeh log.” The first thing I did after escaping his chokehold of misinformation was to go to his Facebook timeline and see where he was getting all this dubious information from. The answer: Postcard News.

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