Hitting out against Amazon-streamed web series 'Family man', RSS' mouthpiece Panchjanya, on Sunday has called the series 'Anti-India', 'Anti-Hindu' and 'pro-terror'. The magazine has called for the ban of such divisive series which is displaying a 'wrong portrayal of Kashmir'. Speaking exclusively to Republic TV, Panchjanya's editor Hitesh Shankar has called for restrictions on content on such open-source platforms. He has stated that 'Family Man' is insulting the forces by insinuating that the Indian Army is spreading terror in the Valley. He has stated that such a series will pose a challenge to India and the government.
"When the talks of new India and new institutions are going on, jungle raj cannot happen. To divide society on its faultlines is against the idea of India. A need for regulations is seen clearly here. Regarding 'Family Man', it was seen in certain clips (have not seen the entire series) regarding Kashmir that whatever terrorism is happening is done by Indian Army - this is highly condemnable. Kashmir is getting out of a sensitive situation, with (Centre) facing outside threats to the area. At such a time if such a series creating chaos is released in an open platform, it will pose a challenge to the country and its institutions," he said.
Elaborating on the bigger demand for restrictions over such open-source content, Shankar added that the internet is where majority of content is viewed without restrictions. He alleged that people exploiting society's differences were at play. Calling for stringent measures, he cited that even social media apps were restricted from spreading fake news. He alleged that such series divided the country leading to violence.
"At a time where the type of content consumption has totally changed, where consumption is higher using mobile/web, not having any restrictions on such platforms is worrisome. We have censor board for films, but the place where the highest volume of content is being consumed- like Netflix has no restrictions on it. People who are working on the faultlines of society, on divisive matters, they are playing in this arena? Where is administration on this?" he asked.
He continued, "Be it Sacred Games, Leela or any other such series, one must see they are not given a free rein to promote violence, divide the nation, promote obscenity in the name of art. Everywhere rules and regulations have been put in place. When fake news was spread using Facebook and Whatsapp, restrictions were put in place there to avoid misuse. The question raised today is 'Who will make the rules for the content on open platforms (OTT)?'."
The article published in Panchajanya too elaborated his opposition against 'Family Man' calling it ' a new form of anti-nationalism and jihad'. It slammed a character in the series asking 'if there was any difference between the Indian administrative apparatus and the militants' in Kashmir. The article has accused other series like 'Sacred Games', 'Leela' and 'Ghoul' for being obscene and Anti-Hindu. Panchjanya has also accused 'The Family Man' of trying to create sympathy for terrorists.
Created by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K, 'Family Man' is a drama Web series available on Amazon Prime Video. The series starring renowned actors Manoj Bajpayee and Priyamani, revolves around a middle-class family man working for the secretive special cell of the National Intelligence Agency. The series portrays Srikant Tiwari's struggle to maintain his family from the impact of his secretive, high-pressure, and low paying job. The series was released on September 19 on the streaming platform.