The Nazis used public displays, humiliation, radio, newspapers, public addresses, and teachers to propagate their disdain for Jews and to persuade public opinion. Films became a tool to propagate Nazism. Some films, like Triumph des Willens (Triumph of the Will) glorified Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party. Other films like Der ewige Jude (The Eternal Jew) were not designed to glorify the Nazis but rather to dehumanize, criminalize, and demonize vulnerable minorities, particularly Jews.
Jews were portrayed as the eternal enemy of Germany, and as feeding off the hard work of “true” Germans. Jews were also shown as conspiring with the allied powers against Germany. At the same time, Germans were portrayed as superior and with the means of providing for a secure Germany. As they moved into France, the same messaging was directed towards the French.
India’s BJP Information Technology cell, Media Control & Bollywood
The BJP-RSS regime operates its propaganda machine differently than the Nazi ministry. It has been so successful that Reporters Without Borders now rates India below Somalia and Colombia, ranking 150th of 180 nations. There is an official information technology cell that is directly run by the BJP. The government applies preferential treatment to ensure the Hindutva ideology is propagated and prevails, while opposition voices are drowned.
The BJP-RSS regime also control media owned by high caste Hindu allies and editors. They oversee platforms that are manipulated by the BJP’s information technology cell and RSS social media cells.
Before any Hindutva policy announcement, this focused propaganda machinery is ready with emotionally charged prime-time shows, hashtags, memes, & fake social media accounts. Using WhatsApp forwarding the regime bombards citizens with messages in support of Hindutva policies.
Researchers have documented that the ruling BJP-RSS regime uses social media such as Facebook and WhatsApp to run complex propaganda campaigns that amplify existing attacks against Muslims. In a report titled “Communal Conflict in India,” the Wall Street Journal stated that Facebook inflammatory content was up 300% above previous levels in the months after December 2019, when there were protests regarding the Citizenship Amendment Act. The inflammatory content was primarily targeted at Muslims.
Indian Government Creates Fake News: The Wall Street Journal also referred to another report called “Adversarial Harmful Networks: India Case Study” that found that misleading and inflammatory anti-Muslim content posted by individuals, groups or pages related to the RSS are “never flagged” because Facebook does not have the systems to detect content in Hindi and Bengali.67 This means that anti-Muslim content continues to go unchecked.