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#69466 - 09/23/05 10:03 AM Conspiracy of International Media
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Conspiracy of International Media

Amy Waldman writes "Among India's Tribes, Nationalist Hindus Push Their Agenda" in The New York Times dated 24th April, 2004.

Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram which has earned praise for its excellent work of educating and making the tribals self-reliant, has been portrayed by The New York Times writer as a weapon to capture votes for the BJP. In the writer's words, "The tribal belt, which stretches through central and eastern India, provides a window into how the Sangh Parivar has worked as a stealth electoral weapon."

When the Christian Missionaries do so-called social work to lure the tribals and convert them at any cost, alienating them from their own culture in their own land and inculcating separatist tendencies, they are praised. When the Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram educates these tribals and inculcates in them the feeling of pride and respect for their own culture and religion and makes them a homogeneous part of the society, it is seen as a political weapon. Such articles expose the double-standards of the international media.


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#69467 - 03/24/06 01:03 PM Re: Conspiracy of International Media [Re: madan]
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Dear NY Times: Date; 3/23/2006

You showed extreme reticence in not publishing cartoons on Prophet Mohammed but showed extreme prejudice in caricaturing Hindu God, Shiva. Perhaps difference is due to reaction of each community. You were very much fearful of Mohammedan reaction though you proclaim that you will publish all the news that is fit to print, but with Hindus you can get away with any ridicule and slander. Thus your cowardice is showing up well.

Sincerely,
G V Chelvapilla


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#69468 - 04/18/06 02:22 PM Re: Conspiracy of International Media [Re: madan]
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Disenchanted with the 'Asian' label, By Rajun Shah
Hindu Voice UK, 17 April 2006

Asian Label is grossly discriminating against Indians, for example: "Lets take the race riots in North England in the summer of 2001. The media mainly proclaimed these as 'Asian riots'. But the truth is that these were specifically Pakistani and Bangladeshi riots. In fact, in the Bradford riots many Hindu owned shops got ransacked and burnt by these 'Asian mobs',"

Over recent years 'Asian' has been the term used in Britain to refer to all people from the Indian subcontinent. Of course, ideally, Asian should also refer to Chinese, Malaysian, Arabs, Japanese, Vietnamese and many other groups, but that is not so in Britain. Hence, if you notice, 'British Asian' newspapers, such as Asian Age, Eastern Eye, Asian Express, and Asian Voice deal almost exclusively with matters relating to communities originating within the subcontinent. The famous line from the radio station Sunrise radio proclaims itself as the 'greatest Asian radio station in the world', but it deals exclusively with people and cultures of the subcontinent. Of course, this is pretty poor use of the word 'Asian'. But it is not too unreasonable or at least understandable because it is difficult to call a newspaper something like 'People of the Indian Subcontinent Express,' and since in Britain it has become accepted that 'Asian' means precisely this - we can understand the use of this short and convenient term.

However, with a little further research into the subject, we can see that as well as being poor use of the word 'Asian', the use of the term to refer to all communities from the Indian subcontinent has other serious shortcomings.

Lets take the race riots in North England in the summer of 2001. The media mainly proclaimed these as 'Asian riots'. But the truth is that these were specifically Pakistani and Bangladeshi riots. In fact, in the Bradford riots many Hindu owned shops got ransacked and burnt by these 'Asian mobs', who marked out the shops that they were going to attack with a yellow stripe the night before the riots, which included the shops of several Hindus. Barely a word was spoken of this in the mainstream media with the result that today, very few people are even aware of it. Truly, the umbrella term 'Asian' let down Hindus, causing Hindus of Bradford to suffer without voice, as well as lumping Hindus together with the actual perpetrators of the violence. In fact, Hindus were subjected to a double whammy of hostility, being seen by the white population simply by the colour of our skin (therefore associated with the rioters) and at the same time actually subjected to planned violence by fellow 'Asians'.

The newspaper Asian Express even launched a campaign encouraging its readers to agitate to get sentences reduced for the jailed Bradford Rioters. Hence the 'Asian' media, not only failed to report the crimes perpetrated against Hindus in Bradford, but to add insult to injury asked us to agitate for the early release of these individuals. This is the height of insensitivity, and truly added insult to injury.

The continuous use of the 'Asian' label also contributes to the problem of the wider population of Britain not having any clue about the different cultures and traditions that are followed by communities stemming from the Indian subcontinent. An MP conceded to me during a meeting at the House of Commons that the average white Briton is an ignoramus when it comes to knowing the cultures amongst which they live. He is right, and the indiscriminate use of the word "Asian" just compounds the problem.

Of course there are some areas where all 'Asians' are virtually the same. For example the incidence of diabetes and heart disease is shockingly high in all our communities (although even in this case lifestyle and dietary differences has meant that significant differences exist (see here), but for most social problems and their coverage lumping together all 'Asians' often doesn't enlighten very much. Take the example of forced marriages, something that is currently given a lot of media coverage. It is referred to as an 'Asian problem'. While it has been tentatively recognised that it has the highest incidence in Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities, many Hindus suspect that there are virtually no cases of forced marriage amongst Hindus in Britain. But because it continues to be seen as an 'Asian' problem, and is studied as such, there is no way at present of knowing.

Examining some statistics regarding the employment, crime and educational records of ethnic minorities in the UK, one can further see that it is quite absurd to speak too often of the word "Asian" to refer to the various peoples from Greater India as a common entity with common challenges. (For illustrative purposes please refer to National Statistics on Education, or the Ethnic Minorities Economic Performance Report)

The solution is not simply to stop the use of the word 'Asian'. It is too entrenched for that to be viable - and in some cases it is an appropriate term to use (for example when we collectively face the 'skinhead problem'). But its current indiscriminate and inappropriate use needs to be rethought.


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#69469 - 04/18/06 02:36 PM Re: Conspiracy of International Media [Re: madan]
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M. F. Hussain's 'Mother India' draws protests, Hindu Voice UK, 17 April 2006

Comment by Madan: The point is that Mr Hussain is clearly preaching Hatred against Hindu religion which is a criminal act; because he only depicts Hindus famous women in profane manner, but he does not do the same to famous Islamic (or Christian) women. He should therefore be prosecuted for this criminal act of preaching Hatred against Hindu religion.

M. F. Hussain is one of India's most celebrated artists. His art is auctioned at prestigious venues across the world for considerable sums of money. At the same time, he has always had a precarious reputation with many Hindus. His work has always pushed the boundaries of what is considered artistically sensible.

Hussain's art often takes a Hindu theme. Nothing wrong with that, most of the time. But it gets a bit pushy when we see paintings that show Sita masturbating on the tail of Hanuman. Or Parvati fornicating with a bull while husband Shiva looks on. Or Goddess Durga in union with her lion. Up until now, Hindus have (with the exception of the odd murmur) refused to be provoked by such paintings of Mr Hussain.

However, recently the celebrated artist showcased another work in the same genre as the above-mentioned paintings. The painting, titled "Mother India", personifies India as a nude woman in distress. Some have hailed the painting as a great work of artistic expression. But most of the Hindu public have seen it as the last straw in a string of provocative paintings by the artist, each further pushing the patience of Hindus regarding the abuse of their sacred art.

"Mother India" has caused a considerable reaction amongst the worldwide Hindu community. In the last month there have been at least 150 protests seeking to stop the display of such paintings by M. F. Hussain. Most of the protests have taken place in India, but have also occurred in several other countries. For example, American Hindus held a protest in New York, outside a gallery where the paintings were to be auctioned. The 'Mother India' painting has also led to hundreds of complaints to the Indian judiciary, resulting in a warrant being issued against Hussain, in the city of Indore, on the grounds of 'religious provocation' (a criminal offence in Indian law).

M. F. Hussain on his part has expressed regret for the offence caused to Hindus, but has so far ruled out withdrawal of any paintings, saying that it is ultimately the right of any artist to play with religious imagery as he or she pleases.

Hindu Voice comment:
Hindus have always been a very 'pro-art' people, and have therefore produced a massive amount of spiritual and sacred art, which is a form of devotional expression. It is natural that modern day artists may want to use this as a starting point for some of their own work. It is not in our nature to stop people expressing themselves as they desire. The question arises as to when, if at all, the line should be drawn as to what is acceptable and what is not. The answer to this question is an individual one, and different views towards it will naturally exist within our community. The current protests over M. F. Hussain's paintings indicate that many Hindus feel quite strongly that artistic license should respect the sensibilities of people who hold the art as sacred. It is also hard not to take a cynical view of the fact that for years M. F. Hussain has experimented with controversial depictions of revered Hindu figures, but has studiously avoided controversial art on the theme of his own religion, being fully aware the repercussions would have been of an entirely different nature.


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#69470 - 06/24/07 04:58 PM Re: Conspiracy of International Media [Re: madan]
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THe questionable depiction of revered HIndu gods is not an isolated religious incident. I've read about a painting that depicted the blessed virgin Mary covered in elephant fieces. And this was labeled high art??

As far as the Asian Label goes. Asia is a mosaic of paradoxical cultures but on the other hand perhaps the reason why the press almagates these seemingly different cultures together is because seperately they have little power. Perhaps when Pakistanis or other Asian groups reach a critical mass then seperate identites will be born.
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