The question asked on Kaun Banega Crorepati, hosted by Amitabh Bachchan was ‘copies of which book did Ambedkar burn in 1927?’

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news Social media Monday, November 02, 2020 - 15:47

A recent episode of Kaun Banega Crorepati which is hosted by actor Amitabh Bachchan landed in controversy after a question sparked outrage on social media. Season 12 of the show is airing currently, and in one episode which had human rights activist Bezwada Wilson and TV show host and actor Anup Soni on the hot seat, a question was asked about which book and its copies were burnt by Dr BR Ambedkar and his supporters in 1927. The answer to this was the Manusmriti.

While the question itself was an objective one about a historical event, people on social media took offence to the question calling it anti-Hindu, and asking for Kaun Banega Crorepati to be banned. Director Vivek Agnihotri, known for expressing his right-wing views on social media, posted a clip of the question being asked and said, “KBC has been hijacked by Commies. Innocent kids, learn this is how cultural wars are win. It’s called coding (sic).”

Several right wing accounts soon joined in, tweeting about the episode and the question, saying that it paints Ambedkar as “anti-Hindu” when he was not. Some called the it “Hinduphobic”, disrespectful of “Indian culture”. Many called for boycotting the show and Amitabh Bachchan over it as well.

However, some others pointed out that the question was just about an event documented in history and that it cannot be changed.

Last year too, Boycott KBC had started trending over Chhatrapati Shivaji being referred to only as “Shivaji” in one of the options to a question asked on a previous season of Kaun Banega Crorepati. The question was about the contemporaries of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in the 17th century. Sony eventually apologised for the same, saying that the reference was “inadvertent” and that the channel was regretful of the same.

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