Popular Front of India - Understanding the Propaganda and Agenda

Awasthi, Soumya

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There is an understanding that political views in the world are increasingly polarised - one dominant idea will be considered far right and those who are not on that side of the fence will get attracted towards the far left. The first evident indication of this phenomenon in India came soon after the country announced the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The nation was divided into two factions and opposing forces joined various protests. Some took it to social and print media, and some took it to streets with the support of certain organisations whose preamble is against India’s Constitution. One such organisation which is under investigation is the Popular Front of India (PFI). Since the beginning of the year 2020, the PFI has been vocal as concerns its contestation against the various decisions taken by India’s judiciary. The PFI has been found to be involved in Anti- Citizenship Amendment Act protests. The PFI is registered at Delhi under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860. The organisation has been using passive methods to attain larger goals and objectives which run against India’s social fabric. It was found to be involved in several transnational terror activities and many social and political conflicts in India. A Popular Front of India member was exposed as 'ISIS sympathiser' on Facebook and linked with Harkat Ul Jihad al- Islami, Hizbul Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Tayyaba and Al Qaeda. This article aims to elaborate about the structure, aim and activities of the organisation and the ways in which it has managed to become a pan-India movement. The article concludes with a discussion on some recommendations intended to face the challenge regarding how to proscribe groups like the PFI.

Document type: Book
Publisher: SADF - South Asia Democratic Forum
Place of Publication: Brussels
Date: 2020
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2021
Number of Pages: 22
Faculties / Institutes: Miscellaneous > Individual person
Controlled Keywords: Indien, Radikalismus, Radikalisierung
Uncontrolled Keywords: Radikale Gruppierung, Anti-Demokratie, Anti-CAA, Terrorismus, Anti-Nationale Aktivitäten, Kommunalismus, Hate-Speech, Popular Front of India / Radical outfit, Transnational, Anti Democracy, Anti-CAA, Terrorism, Anti-National activity, Communalism, Hate-Speech, Popular Front of India
Subject (classification): Politics
Countries/Regions: India
Series: Themen > SADF Working Papers
Volume: 21