‘Jo na bole Jai Shri Ram’ hate song goes viral and Twitter users demand action

New Delhi | Getting viral on the internet is something which every content creator dreams today. Instant fame, tons of eyes balls and likes. But what happens when your content gets viral and ignites debate on social media.

A 3-minute song titled ‘Jo na bole Jai Shri Ram, bhej do unko kabristan‘ sung by Bhojpuri singer, Varun Bahar Upadhyay has gone viral on Twitter but has received sharp criticism from the users on whether the lyrics provoke mob lynching and hate crime in the society.

The song is been uploaded at times when 49 celebrities including Anruga Kashyap, Mani Ratnam, Shyam Benegal, Ram Chandra Guha have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi stating that the slogan of ‘Jai Shri Ram has turned in to a provocative war cry.’

Political activist Tehseen Poonawala on Twitter has written to Delhi Police to file a complaint against the makers of video as it incites Mob violence. He wrote,” Dear @DelhiPolice, I am requesting you to file a complaint under IPC 153(a) & 295(a) against the makers of this video. This video incites Mob Violence against the citizens of India. Failure to do so will be contempt of SC (Tehseen Poonawalla vs UoI ) @CPDelhi

Another Twitter user wrote, “Mob Lynching has a song now: Jo Na Bole Jai Shri Ram, Bhej Do Usko Kabristan. Thank you @BJP4India for turning India into fascist state.”

Journalist Prashant Kanojia wrote, “India is the only country where terrorists make their music videos and run on YouTube. In this case, the Taliban and ISIS have not been able to reach this technique. Digital terrorism with Digital India … #DigitalTerrorist

Earlier a 24-year-old Muslim man Tabrez Ansari was lynched by the mob in Jharkhand’s Kharsawan district. Ansari was beaten to death by the mob and was forced to chant “Jai Shri Ram” and “Jai Hanuman” in a purported video.

However, the producers of the video has denied that the lyrics are inflammatory. Rajesh Verma, who runs a YouTube channel called Janta Musical And Pictures, where the video was originally uploaded speaking to News Magazine The Caravan said, “The singer did not take names of any religion. Both Hindus and Muslims use graves.” He further claimed that “only married Hindus are cremated, unmarried and single Hindus are buried.”

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