CNN-IBN says: “At CNNIBN we remain committed to fair and impartial journalism and do not intend any disrespect towards any religion or community. ” This is a news to me. Either they do not think of Hindu Dharma as a religion and Hindus as a community, or I have been snorting high grade cocaine all these years when watching Sagarika Ghosh and her cohorts! – Gaurang G. Vaishnav
Here is mail,which I received from CNN-IBN’s legal head.
From: Kshipra Jatana <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 25 November 2011 12:37
Subject: RE: Complaint regarding content
To: Vinay Joshi <email@example.com>, complaint <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Thank you for your email to us.
Face The Nation, is a late night–10pm–show. Often our esteemed panelists cannot come to our studio or OB location at that time as they are in remote locations or unavailable at 10pm at night. We thus record small interviews with them, after taking their consent that this will be played in the Face The Nation debate. This was done with Sri Sriji as he was in Mirzapur, UP, and not able to come to our studio at 10pm.
We should have made it clear to our viewers that it was a recorded interview and not a Live interview. We accept our mistake and have given an unqualified and unconditional apology for the error on our channel. We have even called on Sri Sriji in Bangalore and tendered our apologies to him. He has forgiven us and said for him the matter is closed.
There was absolutely no intention on our part to disrespect a universally beloved and esteemed spiritual leader like Sri Sri Ravishankar.
At CNNIBN we remain committed to fair and impartial journalism and do not intend any disrespect towards any religion or community. If we unwittingly did so, we are deeply apologetic.
Thank you for your interest in CNN IBN
Kshipra Jatana | EVP & Head Legal
TV18 Broadcast Limited
From: Vinay Joshi [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: 23 November 2011 20:25
Subject: Complaint regarding content
Dear Ms. Kshipra Jatana,
EVP & Head Legal
TV18 Broadcast Limited
CNN-IBN has broadcasted programme titled “Face the Nation” on November 9, 2011,the topic of the discussion was, “Should spiritual leaders participate in anti-corruption campaign?” Sagarika Ghosh was an anchor conducting the episode. A prerecorded interview of Sri Sri RaviShankar, the spiritual head of Art of Living, was passed on as a live one. The manner in which the various quotes of Sri Sri Ravishankar were used clearly showed that there was a malicious attempt to demonise Sri Sri. Ravishankar.
IBN shamelessly fabricated, manipulated, amended and twisted the pre-recorded interview of Shri Shri Ravishankar and presented it to audience as LIVE debate with Shri Shri Ravishankar.On September 16.2011 News Broadcasting Standards Authority’s Annie Joseph with her signature on it, had issued advisory to all it’s members regarding use of cation “LIVE”.But within very short time span Sagarika Ghosh efficiently sidelined the advisory.
It clearly proves that CNN-IBN staff neither respects such a advisory nor it has any value for NBA advisory. Also manner with which Sagarika Ghosh conducted the episode proves that she clearly knew that Shri Shri Ravishankar is not live, also she was aware about fabrication made with interview, but she had intention to demonize Ravishankar.
With this letter,I am requesting you to take stern action against Anchor Sagarika Ghosh and editor of the channel along with each and every person responsible for this cheating If you fails to do so,I have to explore other possible ways to punish respective persons, who cheated audience and Shri Shri Ravishankar.
A side benefit of Anaa Hazare’s agitation: True colors of Muslim. Christian and Dalit leaders are out in open for all to see. These Muslim leaders, who have nothing to do with democracy world over, who ask for enforcing Sharia law wherever they have a clout, who do not let a Hindu procession pass without creating trouble, are suddenly in love with democracy and parliament. Their gripe is that Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Dr. Subramanian Swamy and Varun Gandhi are with Anaa. That Kiran Bedi and Kejriwal had supposedly opposed appointment of a Muslim for the position of Chief Information Commissioner. These “democratic” leaders have no compunction in denying others their rights. They want to decide who can and cannot support Anaa. Well, those days are coming to an end pretty fast because their sugar daddy, Congress is on its last legs.
Zafaryab Jilani and his ‘head in the sand’ cohorts are shouting from the roof tops. Self styled messiahs of the Dalits and Christians like Udit Raj, Kancha Ilaiah, John Dayal and Joseph D’Souza want reservations within Lokpals and Lokayuktas and yet they talk of democracy.
Whether it is singing of Vande Mataram or Sarswati Vandana, or Ram Manidr at Ayodhya, they have missed the bus to join the mainstream many a times. These time they are missing the bus once again but this is the last bus. All thinking citizens should expose these characters, not because of their religious persuasion but because of their anti-Hindu tirade. let us throw them in the dustbin of history.
Gaurang G. Vaishnav
Courtesy: Indian Express
Why the Ramlila Surge Worries Minorities and those on Margins
Says Akhtar-ul Wasey, Director, Institute of Islamic Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia: “The issue of corruption is such that there’s tremendous pressure to join the crowd. Because if we oppose this particular movement, they will say we are corrupt. Price rise, corruption and unemployment have given a fillip to such forces. Corruption ki aarh mein, (in the garb of corruption) they want to push all kinds of defeated and empty slogans and agendas. Now the government’s timidity in the face of a crowd is fanning this instability. Muslims, of course, want corruption to end but don’t want to make common cause with elements that want to rock the system, the only preserve of our rights and freedoms.”
No wonder that Deoband’s new Mohtamim, Maulana Abul Qasim Nomani, has said that they have not supported this movement: “The movement is basically suspect. The security and protection of Parliament and (to honour the) glory of democracy is the duty of every citizen.”
Mahmud Madani, MP and a leader of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, the only prominent Muslim face among the 20 founders of India Against Corruption — Team Anna’s virtual platform — is now in Saharanpur and practically in communicado. Zafaryab Jilani, member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board, has made it clear that the Board has nothing to do with this agitation. Says Maulana Ahmed Khizar Shah Kashmiri of the Tanzeem Ulema-e-Hind: “The idea behind this campaign is to weaken Parliamentary system and democracy and this is a blow to secular India.”
Maulana Umer Ilyasi of the India Imam Organisation has called the campaign a “political conspiracy” saying: “There is no question of any one person being above the country’s Constitution and Parliament. There is no question of Muslims being part and parcel of this.”
This chorus is heard the Urdu press as well. The Mumbai, Kanpur, Bareilly, Lucknow and Delhi-based Inquilab on August 17 interviewed several prominent community leaders, including chief of the Jamat-e-Islami, Maulana Jalaluddin Umri. Their refrain: We agree with the need for a strong Lokpal but not with the method of pushing it through.
Critics are also wary of those who have clambered aboard the Anna bandwagon. Ramdev may have stepped back but there are questions about the more urbane Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and his Art of Living and youth factions who shared the stage with the anti-reservation Youth for Equality. Less than 10 days ago, they took part in the Hindu Unity Day, in Texas. Also present was Subramaniam Swamy, most recently in the news for writing that Muslims should be denied voting rights if they do not accept their “Hindu legacy.”
Indeed, reflecting this unease, Dalit activists and writers including Udit Raj, Kancha Ilaiah, John Dayal and Joseph D’Souza, have argued for reservation in the Lokpal set-up for SC/STs, OBCs and minorities “to ensure that there is no injustice done to the backward and marginalised.”
The politics of Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi may be fuzzy but their association with certain “causes” has raised questions, too. Last year, Kejriwal and Bedi herself led the drive to target the Chief Information Commissioner and insist that Bedi be made the CIC. In fact, when then CIC Wajahat Habibullah resigned last year and there was a chance that M M Ansari (now Kashmir interlocutor) would take over, Kejriwal lobbied with Leader of Opposition L K Advani keen to ensure that his name not be accepted.
Kejriwal and Bedi have also shared platforms put up by Youth for Equality and Art of Living. On March 1 in 2009, for example, Kejriwal and Bedi addressed the Youth for Equality and talked of both terrorism and corruption. Youth for Equality has blamed reservation for shrinking opportunities.
Archbishop of Delhi Father Vincent Concessao, a founder-member of the IAC, is nowhere to be seen. Contacted, he told The Indian Express: “This is pressure and a fast unto death is suicidal…there is no way we will allow for our established Parliamentary practices to be bypassed. We are with the issue but not with the means. How can they say only one particular version of the Bill is to be followed?”