India bans Pakistan-based platform Vidly TV for showing ‘anti-India narrative’

Recently, the platform released a series, titled 'Sevak: The Confessions.'

India bans Pakistan-based platform Vidly TV for showing 'anti-India narrative'

India has banned the Pakistan-based platform Vidly TV for showing an anti-India narrative. All websites, applications, and social media accounts of the OTT platform have been blocked, including one smart TV app, two mobile apps, and four social media accounts.

Recently, Vidly TV released a series, titled ‘Sevak: The Confessions.’ According to Indian authorities, this was detrimental to national security, defense, and the country’s relations with foreign states.

India bans Vidly TV for anti-India narrative

The series showed a ‘distorted version of sensitive historical events pertaining to India.’ The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said that the web series portrayed an anti-India narrative on historical events like Operation Blue Star and its consequences.

Similarly, it also had events like the Samjhauta Express blasts, the Malegaon blasts, the demolition of the Babri Masjid, the killing of the Chrisitan missionary, the inter-state river water dispute related to Sutlej Yamuna Link canal, and many other instances. It was also suspected that the web series was sponsored by the Pakistani information operation apparatus.

The first episode of Sevak: The Confessions was released on 26th November 2022, and so far, only three episodes of the web series have been released. However, this isn’t the first time India has imposed bans on applications. In June 2021, India also halted the operations of 59 Chinese mobile applications, including TikTok, and the reason was that they ‘threatened national sovereignty.’

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