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Western Media's Bias against India II

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    Link to the previous thread

    Starting off with a rather hilarious hit-job by New York Times.

    In India, Fashion Has Become a Nationalist Cause

    Short summary: "Indians are not adopting western fashion or swooning over western brands but sticking with their traditional attire. This is due to the rise of Hindu Nationalism (there are numerous references to cow lynching, intolerance and other bullshit in the article)"

    Even more ridiculously, this appeared in the fashion and lifestyle section of the website. :lol:
     
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    Good to see their frustration....
     
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    Is it possible to lynch a cow? They have very wide necks. I find this story udderly ridiculous.

    Not everyone has stuck to traditional Indian attire it seems.

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    Are western journalists and correspondents biased towards India?
    February 20, 2017, 4:22 pm IST Francois Gautier in Francois Gautier’s blog for TOI | India, World | TOI
    When India’s space agency ISRO launched a successful mission to Mars, prior to the 104 satellites sent in the first week of February, the New York Times ran a demeaning cartoon, showing an Indian farmer with his cow, knocking at the doors of the Elite Space Club.

    Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launching a record 104 satellites. (PTI Photo)

    And this triggers an important question: 70 years after Independence, are western journalists and correspondents still biased against India, a country they are supposed to report honestly about, so that their readers, who are mostly ignorant, get enlightened?

    Well, from a western correspondent himself, the answer is…YES.

    There are four reasons for that sad fact:

    1) India is never in the news in the West unless there is some major catastrophe or huge elections. Thus, if you want to write and be published, you have to find alternate stories, that often border on the sensational, the marginal, or even the untruthful.

    2) Your editor in New York, Paris or London, has often set ideas on India, even though most of the time he or she has never set foot here. You need to toe the line otherwise you may not be published, which is tough if you are a freelance, that is paid per piece. Most western correspondents thus rein in. I had one guy like that in Paris, Charles Lambroschini, in Le Figaro, who believed that the RSS was the most dangerous outfit in India.

    3) Three, or even five years, which is the usual period that foreign correspondents are posted (as well as diplomats) is not enough for understanding a country that is so vast, so diverse, so contradictory sometimes. In fact, one needs to go beyond the appearances in India. Indeed, the western sense of the hygienic and the esthetical is very different from India’s and the first contact of dirtiness, slums, or poverty, often scars the perception of many western correspondents who then refused to go beyond that barrier.

    4) Delhi, where everybody is posted, is physically so far from the rest of India, and so disconnected. The same ideas and clichés are heard in parties and embassies’ cocktails and repeated ad infinitum, till every foreign correspondent thinks they are the gospel truth: ‘secularism, minorities, Hindu fundamentalism, human rights in Kashmir, right wing saffron’ etc.

    Is this why CNN or New York Times, or the Independent, haves been particularly nasty in the last few years against the BJP and Narendra Modi, even after he was democratically elected by 100 million Indians? It felt more like a biased witch-hunt than actual reporting. For instance very few western journalists cared to mention that the 2002 Gujarat riots were triggered by the attack by a Muslim crowd of the Sabarmati train, where 56 Hindus, 32 of them women and children, were burnt like animals.

    But the pioneer of them all has got to be the BBC, which has been the inspiration of much of the slant of the foreign journalists on India, which seems to stem from an unconscious sense of superiority (same is true of western Indologists). I remember when I used to cover Kashmir in the late 90’s how Mark Tully, then a beacon to all foreign correspondents & Indian journalists, used to say all the time that it was ‘untrue that Pakistan was sponsoring arming and sheltering Kashmiri militants’. Which everybody repeated (bar this writer). He even had a Kashmiri stringer, who was named Yussuf, I think, that informed the militants. When the army arrested him Yussuf, Tully kicked such a ruckus that he had to be eventually released.

    Speaking of stringers, the sad fact is that most of the Indian stringers of major western media outlets, such as BBC, or AP, or CNN, toe the line, that is report what their masters want them to say. In fact they go sometimes even overboard, to paint a negative and clichéd image of their own country. No doubt the Nirbhaya rape was a horrible happening and the guilty should have been punished in a harsher manner (and not released, like the so-called juvenile). But this was so much reported on, so much hyped, particularly by the BBC, that every westerner thinks now that India is the land of rape. In fact, when any western girl wants to travel to India now, she is warned, “careful – you might be raped”. Yet proportionately there are less rapes in India than in Sweden, which has the maximum number of rapes in the world, for instance and it is safer to walk at night in Delhi than in certain suburbs of Washington or Paris.

    India should have a look at China, which gets a lot more respect from western journalists. Why? Because China does not take insults lying down. Paradoxically, western journalists have so much more liberty in India, where they can move freely. Whereas in China, they still need permission before going anywhere and need to submit the subject of their reporting. They can be censored too, or their websites even blocked.

    Sure, there is no conspiracy that I can see, and most western correspondents come to India with a sincere aspiration to report fairly and faithfully. But again, the first task of a foreign journalist, without being blind to India’s faults – and there are many, but not more than any other country in the world – should be to report truthfully and create some empathy amongst its readers or viewers for a country that is unique and endearing and whose ancient civilization, that viewed the world as One family, has survived centuries of savage onslaught, including by the British, who are still trying to lecture India.

    DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author's own.
    https://blogs.timesofindia.indiatim...ists-and-correspondents-biased-towards-india/
     
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    'British Hindus have lost faith in BBC'
    Hindus leaders allege BBC gave undue prominence to an Awaaz report which said Hindu charities in UK funded violence in India.
    india Updated: Mar 31, 2004 20:44 IST
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    There is a major disquiet in the community. Hindu leaders representing several leading organisations from all regions of Britain have accused the BBC of having failed British Hindus and thereby has lost its credibility. The allegations were made after the BBC's coverage of claims made by Awaaz, a London-base network, that a Hindu charity had collected funds for the Gujarat earthquake and diverted them to radical organisations.

    "Although Awaaz has not provided a single figure or fact, the BBC gave three minutes of coverage to Awaaz's conjectures and assumptions. On the other hand, they only included one sentence of denial from SEWA," said Swami Nirliptananda, Chair of the Hindu Centre for Communications. "It seems like the BBC is constantly lowering its standards of fair reporting."

    Referring to the BBC's indictment by the Hutton Report, Venilal Vaghela, Chair of the Hindu Council of Brent, which represents 60 Hindu organisations in London, added: "BBC has lost all credibility in the eyes of British Hindus. We know exactly how Tony Blair felt about the Kelly affair. We requested the BBC many times to reduce their anti-Hindu bias, but they continue to dupe the British public with their misinformation campaign."

    Jay Jina, Secretary of the Shree Hindu Community Centre in Birmingham explained that this had not been the first time the BBC had ignored Hindus. "There are many documented instances of this disturbing trend. Last week, in a 90-minute documentary about God, the BBC interviewed Christians, Muslims, Jews and Buddhists, but not a single Hindu or Sikh," he cited. "On Radio 4's Thought of the Day programme, they featured only one Hindu in the last fifteen months, whereas there were four to five speakers from Sikhism and Islam. It almost seems like Hindus don't count for the BBC."

    It was claimed that Hindus in Birmingham felt so irritated by the BBC's coverage of the allegations made by Awaaz that they have threatened not to co-operate with the Corporation. "It seems that BBC has a bias against one section of the British public," said Jo Thanki, Chair of the Hindu Council of Birmingham, which represents over 20 organisations in the Midlands. "It seems like they have not investigated the authenticity of the source of information from Awaaz. If this trend continues, I can assure them that Hindus from Birmingham will not cooperate in any way with the BBC," Jo said.

    Ratilal Chohan, General Secretary of The Hindu Council of the North, which represents 18 organisations from Manchester, Oldham Leeds, Bolton and Ashton, commented, "Hindusim has a long history, a deep philosophy and a rich culture that promotes respect for all faiths. Ignoring such a noble tradition can only reflect on ignorance within the BBC."

    Some Hindu students in universities across UK have demanded a thorough overhaul of BBC's reporting policies on faith matters. Nishma Shah, Vice President of the National Hindu Students Forum, the largest student body of Hindus in the UK said: "We back all Hindu organisations on the stand they have taken about BBC, and call upon the BBC to undertake a complete rehaul of the processes by which it reports on faith issues."

    "We have been complaining for more than two years against the BBC's anti-Hindu bias, but they have turned a blind eye to our reasoning. Moreover, VHP UK, HSS and SEWA have close relations with most national and regional Hindu bodies in Britain. Why has the BBC not asked for the views of these organisations?" asked Kishore Ruparelia, General Secretary of the VHP UK. "Such a bias against Hindus is not in keeping with the Government's community cohesion agenda."

    "SEWA has helped people from all faith traditions. We have sent aid to Kosovo, Turkey and Somalia. It is clear that this report is not a case of SEWA duping the British public in raising funds," added Vice Chair of SEWA International, Arjan Lal Sharma. "On the contrary, it is the media that has been duped by the spurious and uncorroborated allegations made by Awaaz. So far, the UK Charity Commissioner has found no wrong-doing in SEWA International, but the BBC is more keen to take the word of organisations with a hidden agenda," Sharma said.

    In a press release by Hincom it was revealed that in January 2004, a 51 member delegation representing 40 organizations from Hindu, Christian and Islamic faiths in UK "visited Gujarat and was overwhelmed by the rehabilitation work initiated by SEWA".

    One of the members of the delegation Dr. Wali Tasar Uddin, a Bangladeshi Muslim from Edinburgh, who owns a chain of Indian restaurants, said: "This visit has opened my eyes and I sincerely appreciate the work done by SEWA International UK. I would not hesitate to associate myself with this organization in future."

    Others like Rami Ranger, PRO of the Punjabi Society, felt that such biased reporting will aggravate racial and religious tension amongst minority communities in Britain. "We are disturbed by the biased reporting of BBC, which can only be termed irresponsible. It will surely increase disharmony and mistrust amongst the faith communities in Britain," he added.

    Mahesh Bhatt, President of the Federation of Brahmin Association of Europe, the largest representative body of Brahmins in Europe, felt appalled by the sustained negative coverage of BBC for the Hindu community, and said, "The BBC's reputation of fair and unbiased reporting is no longer unquestioned."

    Hindu politicians from several parties also expressed their anger. Harshad Patel, Tory Councillor from Brent commented: "It is totally wrong to link SEVA to extremism. The BBC and other media organisations should first investigate thoroughly before deciding to give high publicity to mere allegations."

    Labour Councillor from Brent, Ramesh Patel, added, "From the beginning the BBC has always been biased and reported against the Hindu community. This has been true on many occasions in the past including their coverage of the Godhra riots and the Gujarat earthquake. SEWA has conducted relief work even amongst Muslims in Kosovo and Turkey. How can they label such an organisation as communal? They have never given us a proper chance to respond back."

    President of the National Council of Hindu Temples, O P Sharma, said, "The NCHT considers the contents of the Aawaz report to be inaccurate and misleading, often bordering on mischief, that will unnecessarily and inevitably affect current inter faith relations in the UK. We are the opinion that the methods employed, on which the above report is based, are not scientific and authoritative and therefore the report should be withdrawn immediately."

    "The BBC should at least have investigated the secular credentials of Awaaz before they publicised their unfounded allegations," said Dhiraj Shah, Joint Secretary of the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh. "Awaaz, which is predominantly dominated by Muslim and Far-left organisations, claims to be the South Asia Watchdog, but they have been completely silent over ethnic cleansing of Hindus in Bangladesh and Pakistan. Thirty thousand Kashmiri Hindus have been massacred in Kashmir and half a million have been driven out of their homes by Islamic terrorists and made refugees in their own homeland. Why doesn't the BBC question Awaaz's selective choice of human rights issues to understand the lack of credibility in their reporting?"

    It is learnt that Hindu organisations and leaders will be writing to the BBC and the Press Complaints Commission to report their grievances.
    http://www.hindustantimes.com/india...aith-in-bbc/story-RUBD1DbhTO3MdlacLnIvYI.html
     
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    Note: I post this to help us better understand our world, better vision and perception improves quality of our critical thinking. Fault lies with both parties.

    Indian media jingoism was trigger for backlash in Nepal
    Jayant Sriram
    KATHMANDU, May 05, 2015 01:44 IST
    Updated: April 03, 2016 02:21 IST
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    In this April 27, 2015 photo, the shadow of an IAF aircraft carrying quake relief material is cast on an area in Kathmandu. Excited reports about the Indian Army’s rescue operation has led to the accusation that Indian television crews were were covering the disaster like a TV serial.


    At the centre of the row is a Youtube video of an Indian Army copter landing at the epicentre.
    The first signs of a backlash in Nepal against the Indian media, manifested in the furiously trending hashtag #GoHomeIndianMedia, were evident from early last week.

    As Kathmandu city began to return to normal and internet connections were restored, several locals began talking about a video that was up on YouTube about the first Indian Army chopper landing at the epicentre of the earthquake — at Barpak in Gorkha district. “The camera first shows images from inside the helicopter of the landing and it shows how people are running toward the helicopter. Then it pans around inside the chopper and all I could see was two journalists sitting inside,” exclaimed Sanjay Thapa, a doctor in Kathmandu. “I was thinking, if you were able to go to that place then the least you should have done is take doctors and take food and medical supplies,” he adds.

    Indian TV channels turn embedded journalists

    In the days following the April 25 earthquake, the competition among the several Indian television crews assembled in Kathmandu to undertake trips with the Army was intense. So much so that an official at the Indian Embassy, speaking off the record, had told The Hindu last Wednesday that the Army had decided not to take any more journalists on the expeditions since they were already receiving criticism.

    Most Nepalis are appreciative about the speed at which the Indian government sent relief materials and rescue teams.

    Though Nepal's envoy Deep Upadhyay clarified even on Monday that there was no negativity toward India, the predominant feeling in Kathmamdu, especially as military efforts shifted from search and rescue to supplying relief material, was that the media was simply getting in the way

    The situation on the ground however, didn't change.

    At the military airfield near the Tribhuvan international airport, arguments between Indian journalists and Nepal’s liaison officer, who was coordinating media personnel, was routine all through last week.

    On one occasion a TV journalist could be heard rudely telling the officer that it was his right to go along with the Indian Army's chopper. “My countrymen are taking part in the rescue operations and it is my duty to go along with them,” the journalist said. Hearing him argue, a couple of Indian Air Force pilots even tried to intervene on his behalf.

    What was created therefore, was a situation in which TV journalists inadvertently became embedded reporters. As more and more access was granted by the Indian Army, there followed a series of excited reports, about how the Indian Army was rescuing and giving help to thousands of people in remote areas. As they played on loop, the accusation grew that television crews were delighting in the destruction they saw and were covering the disaster like a TV serial. There was no objectivity and by the end of the week several local dailies and websites were reporting that it was the Nepal Army that had been making the majority of rescues, simply because they knew the terrain better.

    A television reporter who was in Nepal, speaking to The Hindu on condition of anonymity, admitted that the backlash was the result of a “PR experiment gone wrong”.

    “There were too many journalists who kept making trips on the Army chopper and that was not good. I also got the sense last week that because of all this coverage, many Nepalis had started feeling that India is acting like some sort of big brother,” he said.
    http://www.thehindu.com/news/nation...ash-in-earthquakehit-nepal/article7171043.ece
     
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    Fixed.

    Controversy sells papers and makes people watch. That's why all media outlets tend to do this.
     
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    Yes the aim of BBC is creating controversy and making money, and not faithful news reporting as it likes to claim.
     
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    FTFY
     
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    You could say that about so many 'news' organisations.
     
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    Yes, BBC is just another overrated news organization. Does it give a fair and balanced picture of world events? No. News organizations selects and covers those world events which promote their political views, they also mix in their political logic to tamper with our common sense.
     
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    BBC Bombast – Propaganda, Complaints And Black Holes of Silence
    The message is clear: ‘You can trust us. We have no agenda. This is the BBC. This is The News.'
    http://www.medialens.org/index.php/...da-complaints-and-black-holes-of-silence.html

    George Orwell at the BBC | The writer of 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' holds true to his ideals
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/orwell/7429.shtml

    George Orwell worked as propagandist during WWII in India....


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    http://alexanderhiggins.com/bbc-scrubs-video-of-us-backed-syria-rebels-committing-war-crimes/

    What really happened
    However, on Wednesday 17 June we made a mistake in a picture caption published on BBC News online. In the story Obama refuses to 'meddle' in Iran, we mistakenly stated that a Getty agency picture of a pro-Ahmadinejad rally was a pro-Mousavi rally.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/theeditors/2009/06/what_really_happened.html

    BBC under fire for 'lack of coverage' of pro-EU march
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/u...e-for-europe-trigger-article-50-a7651191.html

    BBC's Brexit coverage pessimistic and skewed, say MPs
    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39335904

    Hard Evidence: how biased is the BBC?
    http://theconversation.com/hard-evidence-how-biased-is-the-bbc-17028

    BBC Climate Bias to continue
    http://21stcenturywire.com/2015/03/14/bbc-climate-change-propaganda-violates-its-own-charter/

    BBC Climate Change Propaganda Violates Its Own Charter
    http://21stcenturywire.com/2015/03/14/bbc-climate-change-propaganda-violates-its-own-charter/
     
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    I agree. Jimmy Saville should have been stopped way sooner if people were doing their jobs.
     
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    Playing the religion card is their favorite tactic, particularly when it comes to 'South Asia'.

     
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