Propaganda Playbook: G20 Summit and Pakistan-Khalistan Nexus

by Antariksh Singh

As India gears up to host the landmark G-20 summit, the world watches with keen interest. The summit, expected to be a beacon for international cooperation and economic growth, is crucial at this juncture when global leadership and collaboration are paramount.

India’s ambitious vision is evident in its proposition to include the African Union, amplifying the inclusivity of the summit and showcasing the spirit of global camaraderie. However, shadows loom large over the summit, cast by orchestrated online campaigns and nefarious intentions.

Disturbingly, Pakistan, once again is at the forefront of opposition, this time in concert with the Khalistani network. Their strategy is evident: to saturate the narrative with anti-India sentiments and potentially destabilize the G-20 summit preparations, based on a report by DFRAC.

A significant concern arises from the use of bot accounts to propagate misleading content, as evidenced by the proliferation of pro-Khalistan content and threats against the G-20 summit. These tactics, combined with ominous slogans on Delhi’s metro stations and threats by key Khalistani figures, present a clear agenda to tarnish India’s image on the global stage.

Furthermore, it’s alarming to witness the endorsements from Pakistani authorities. Shafaat Shah, a prominent figure in Pakistan, has openly and aggressively championed the Khalistani movement. His questionable credibility is further exposed by his penchant for spreading fake news. A key example being his allegation of the Khalistan flag being raised during the farmers’ protest, which was fact-checked and debunked.

Foreign entities are not immune from this wave of misinformation and malevolence. The Indian American Muslim Council, while under the facade of addressing minority concerns, is blatantly engaging in an anti-India propaganda campaign. The New Democratic Party of Canada is also pushing for a boycott of the summit. Such calls are not only counterproductive but also obstruct the path to meaningful dialogue and cooperation.

India stands at a precipice, ready to lead and foster international collaboration. The G-20 summit represents a vision of a more integrated, prosperous, and harmonious future. To allow a few actors with vested interests to overshadow this mission would be a disservice to global progress. It’s essential to dissect the narrative, understand the intricacies of these campaigns, and ensure that the G-20 summit remains focused on its fundamental objective: international cooperation.

It is indeed a test for global leaders and the international community. Will they be swayed by misleading campaigns, or will they stand united for the broader vision of global progress? Only time will tell, but one thing is clear: India, with its rich history and commitment to progress, is more than ready to steer the ship.

The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of Khalsa Vox or its members.

Antariksh Singh

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