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Arfa Khanum Sherwani of ‘The Wire’ meets two other anti-Hindu, Islamists from USA: Who they are, their rants against Hindus and more

Arfa Khanum Sherwani has attempted to malign Hindus, by disseminating fake news, invoking guilt among Hindus over atrocities committed by Islamists, engaging in whaboutism, drawing false equivalences and defaming chants of 'Jai Shri Ram'.

On Sunday (August 27), ‘The Wire’ senior editor Arfa Khanum Sherwani, infamous for her anti-Hindu rants, met with two other Hinduphobic ‘journalists’, namely Mehdi Hasan and Wajahat Ali, in the United States.

In a tweet, she hailed the duo as ‘brilliant’, ‘intellectual’ and the ‘most important voices in American media.’ Arfa Khanum Sherwani claimed, “Met two important voices of the American media in Washington DC.”

She further added, “The very charismatic Mehdi Hasan and brilliant journalist and writer with razor-sharp intellect Wajahat Ali. Interesting conversations on the discourse around democracy, media freedom and rights in India and US.”

Arfa Khanum is well-known for making anti-Hindu troupes and shielding radical Islamists. She has attacked Hinduism in events, that were organised by the anti-India lobbying group Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC).

The senior editor of ‘The Wire’ has attempted to malign Hindus, by disseminating fake news (Lulu Mall incident), invoking guilt among Hindus over atrocities committed by Islamists, engaging in whaboutism (as observed during the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan), drawing false equivalences and defaming chants of ‘Jai Shri Ram’.

In May this year, she was seen providing cover fire to her co-religionists, who are involved in the grooming of Hindu women. Arfa Khanum Sherwani also defended notorious gangster Atiq Ahmed, Coronavirus ‘superspreader’ Tablighi Jammat. Her anti-India rants found several takers in Pakistan, including ex-PM Imran Khan.

Wajahat Ali and Arfa Khanum Sherwani are no different

As such, it did not come as a surprise when Arfa Khanum Sherwani chose to meet Wajahat Ali, an American Islamist of Pakistani descent. He has written two books, namely, ‘The Domestic Crusaders’ and ‘Go Back to where you came from.’

He is also an active political commentator and a columnist at The Daily Beast. Just like Arfa Khanum Sherwani of The Wire, Ali also despises the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its leader Narendra Modi.

He frequently casts aspersions on India’s vibrant democracy, creates hysteria about the condition of Muslims in a Hindu majority State and peddles counter-narratives to present Pakistan in a good light.

Screengrab of the tweets by Wajahat Ali

Just like Afra Khanum Sherwani, Ali was also at the forefront of defending the Coronavirus superspreaders. He had shared an article by the leftist propaganda newspaper, The Washington Post, claiming that Muslims are being made scapegoats in India.

He was also visibly upset when former US President Donald Trump came to visit India in February 2020.

He also attempted to play the ‘perpetual victim card’ after Islamists ran riots in the National Capital.

Ali claimed in a tweet, “Muslims are being targeted in India. This was happening right when Trump was visiting. Instead of saying anything of comfort or benefit, he praised Hindu nationalist leader Modi as “tough” and respected his efforts on “religious freedom.”

As a writer of Pakistani descent, he was evidently miffed at the abrogation of Article 370 and the complete integration of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir with the Union of India.

Wajahat Ali was also distraught after the landmark Ayodhya verdict. “Sigh. The poisoned results of religous nationalism,” he claimed.

While following the footsteps of the Indian leftist-Islamist cabal, the ‘writer’ was seen repeatedly peddling lies about Narendra Modi with respect to the 2002 Gujarat riots. He shrewdly avoided mention of the fact that PM Modi was given a clean chit by the Indian Supreme Court 11 years ago.

He was also seen trying to give a good impression of Pakistan by painting it as a ‘paradise’ for religious minorities.

Wajahat Ali was also miffed at the grand reception of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House. While showing his disdain for an elected democratic leader, the American Islamist labelled him as a ‘Hindu fascist.’

In February this year, Wajahat Ali was also slammed for his colourist remarks, when he claimed that Republican Presidential candidate Nikki Haley uses her brown skin to ‘launder white supremacy’.

Mehdi Hasan and his radical mindset

The American Islamist seemed to be in tandem with his UK counterpart, Mehdi Hasan, who now works in the United States for MSNBC.

Hasan is infamous for his 2009 video where he was heard equating non-Muslims with ‘cattle’ and homosexuals with ‘paedophiles.’

He had claimed, “Once we lose the moral high ground we are no different from the rest, of the non-Muslims, from the rest of those human beings who live their lives as animals, bending any rule to fulfill any desire.”

It must be mentioned that Mehdi Hasan is of Indian descent but was raised in England since childhood. Although he apologised for his remarks in 2019, it becomes clear that his upbringing in a diverse, multicultural society could not rid him of his disdain for non-Muslims.

In April 2022, the MSNBC anchor went on a tirade against PM Modi and cast aspersions on India’s secularism.

“Putin. Orban. Le Pen. We talk a lot in the West about the rise of far-right authoritarians and yet we never mention India’s Narendra Modi and his BJP. I did a deep-dive into India under Modi & new warnings of an anti-Muslim genocide,” Hasan claimed.

In the video, he equated Hindu Nationalism in India (a nation that was divided on religious lines) with white Supremacy in the West, which is an ideology based on race. His sinister agenda was to equate Hindutva with Anti-Semitism.

Mehdi Hasan had also been involved in gaslighting Hindus by suggesting that he differentiates between the good and bad ones – a classical troupe used by Hinduphobes who claim ‘Hinduism’ and ‘Hindutva’ are different. In reality, they do not make any such distinction.

Screengrab of the tweet by Mehdi Hasan

His specific targeting of Hindu world leaders such as Narendra Modi and Tulsi Gabbard was criticised by HAF founder Shuag A Shukla, who called out his Hinduphobic antecedents in 2019.

“Whenever @narendramodi comes to town, Hindus like @tulsigabbard and Hindu orgs come under attack by activists trying to connect them to Hindu nationalism. @mehdihasan takes it further by connecting them to a mass murderer. This is wrong. This is tiring. This is Hinduphobia,” she said in a tweet.

Mehdi Hasan was seen resorting to money balancing after Islamists unleashed mayhem in Leicester in England’s East Midlands region. Instead of calling out the extremists who attacked the Hindu community, the MSNBC anchor put out a ‘shallow’ tweet appealing for peace.

In 2021, he also provided a platform to George-Soros-funded, anti-India activist Sunita Vishwanath to unleash her propaganda.

It was thus obvious that Arfa Khanum Sherwani would like-minded individuals such as Wajahat Ali and Mehdi Hasan. After all, they are bound by a common agenda and a religious ideology.

Ayodhra Ram Mandir special coverage by OpIndia

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Dibakar Dutta
Dibakar Dutta
Centre-Right. Political analyst. Assistant Editor @Opindia. Reach me at [email protected]

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