Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Monday, October 5, 2015
Media Wants Riots: Why Indians are Protesting Bias and Sensationalism in Media
In the 1970s and 1980s in
Bihar where there was
no Bharatiya Janata Party, cow slaughter was still banned and there were times
when there would be conflicts over beef and policemen would visit homes.
Beef conflicts are not new to contemporary India. Cows are not slaughtered across the Islamic world, but the reason cows are slaughtered mostly in the Indian Subcontinent is because Indian Islamists introduced the practice of cow slaughter here as a challenge to Hindu religious practice of worshiping cows.
Fikr-e-Nau (New Thinking), a newly launched Urdu magazine published by Pakistani Marxists – explores the issue of cow slaughter (a translation will be published soon by the Washington D.C.-based Middle East Media Research Institute).
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Open letter to Rajdeep Sardesai: Devendra Fadnavis tells senior journalist he is ill-informed, biased
A couple of days ago, consulting editor at The India Today group, Rajdeep Sardesaiwrote an open letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis slamming the state government over various issues — the beef ban in Maharashtra, a ban on the sale of meat during the Jain fasting period of Paryushan, Rakesh Maria's transfer and omission from the sensational Sheena Bora murder case, and the latest decision to make arrests on sedition charges.
Fadnavis, on Tuesday, replied to the letter and slammed the media for bashing the government with an agenda even without having the full picture. Both the letters were exclusively published by The Hindustan Times.
Sardesai, in his letter, had asked Fadnavis the rationale behind banning sale of meat and beef in the state. "The first time I saw you was in 2010 during a television debate on the Adarsh land scam. I was impressed with your debating skills and tough, uncompromising stand on corruption. Sadly, a year later, the enthusiasm with which one greeted your arrival is now being matched by growing cynicism."
I welcome a debate and discussion on this…As always, please keep your tone civil, your language polite…no sweeping generalisations please and no personal abuse. Thank you.