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Swati Goel Sharma

Swati Goel Sharma

Affiliation: Swarajya
Vocation/ Title: Journalist and Social Worker
Location: Delhi

Swati Goel Sharma is a journalist and social worker based in New Delhi. She is currently associated with the Hindi far-right digital magazine, Swarajya. She has also cofounded an NGO named Sewa Nyaya Utthan Foundation, which she claims is dedicated to the “welfare of the marginalized and disadvantaged section of society.”

Her journalism and social work conjure up to form a facade for Sharma, who is a Hindu supremacist and anti-Muslim bigot. Her association with the Hindu nationalist mouthpiece, Swarajya, and a mere cursory analysis of her writings for the platform reeks of anti-Muslim hate and bigotry.

The so-called NGO, Sewa Nyaya Utthan Foundation, works primarily for the supposed victims of ‘Love Jihad.’

Sharma and Sanjeev Newar, co-founders of the organization, are part of the larger Hindu far-right ecosystem, encompassing many other Islamophobes and Hindu supremacists like Anand Ranganathan, J Sai Deepak, and others.

The website “Gems of Bollywood,” which Sharma and Newar have cofounded, also assesses Hindi films for their “ingrained” anti-Hindu and pro-Muslim aspects. They both contributed to a book that demonizes the practice of wearing Hijab by Muslim women.

She is an avid propagator of anti-Muslim conspiracy theories. She continuously tries to legitimize the hoax of love jihad by writing pieces for the Swarajya and uploading lopsided content on Youtube. After the gruesome murder of a girl in New Delhi, Goel presented a ‘ground report’ concluding the same as an act of Love Jihad. The victim’s parents and family have entirely refuted the ‘Love Jihad’ claims.

In her writings for Swarajya, she has been known to target Muslims. Her writings often promote an anti-Muslim sentiment or perpetuate conspiracy theories, contributing to division and hate. Specifically, she has focused on criticizing the practice of wearing the hijab, propagating false information about religious conversion, and portraying Muslim clerics and leaders negatively.

She often mocks the victims of mob lynchings and bovine-related crimes in India.

In response to the BBC documentary, “India, The Modi Question,” which chronicled the role of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 anti-Muslim pogrom in Gujarat, Goel wrote a lengthy dissertation declaring the documentary a “Smear Campaign Against India’s Majority And Its Elected Government.”