Replace offensive description of Amarnath with respectful language
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Replace offensive description of Amarnath with respectful language

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      Hindu-American Foundation

On July 21st, The Economist published an article, Kashmir’s future: Fleeting chance, in which the reporter referred to the Hindu pilgrimage site of Amarnath Caves, as “a penis shaped lump of ice.” After several back and forth correspondences with the Hindu American Foundation (HAF), the editor stated that no offense was intended, but has failed to rectify the offense he has nonetheless caused.  All it would take is the simple corrective measure of replacing his poorly chosen terminology in all online versions of the article and in the next print edition of The Economist -- unfortunately the magazine has refused.  Click here to see HAF’s correspondences.


As the largest Hindu advocacy organization in the U.S. and after receiving a flurry of inquiries from its membership with hopes to see results, HAF would like to provide for those members a channel through which to express their sentiments on what is a serious misrepresentation coming from a magazine with The Economist's prestige and popularity among so many in India and in the diaspora.

Tell The Economist to replace the offensive terminology with more appropriate and respectful language by signing this petition right now.  

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    • Lakshmanan Krishnamurti PITTSBURGH, PA
      • about 3 years ago

      The economists tastelessness and insensitivity to other's beliefs is appalling

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      • about 3 years ago

      As a Hindu-American and long-time reader of The Economist, I am appalled that the editors of this once-intelligent magazine allowed such amateur phrasing as "penis-shaped lump of ice" to describe a place sacred to the billions of people who identify as Hindu. This vulgar analogy for a belief system you neither understand nor respect displays a level of immaturity I wouldn't have thought acceptable in the professional American workplace. In the name of professionalism, I ask that the Economist retract this statement, issue an apology, and ask their writers to keep personal antagonism out of their theoretically objective writing.

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      • about 3 years ago

      I am just appalled by the insensitivity shown by your article and your inability to understand the oldest and most peaceful religion of the world.shame on you The Economist.

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    • Prashant Dubey RAIPUR, INDIA
      • about 3 years ago

      Coz this is a major issue of insulting Indian Pilgrimage....

      And the only demand is to rectify it in the website that too is not been accepted by Economist

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    • Malay Ghosh FORT WORTH, TX
      • about 3 years ago

      The audacity and disrespect of the responsible journalist against Hindu religion is unthinkable and MUST change the inappropriate wordings. This is a deliberate attempt to undermine Hindu religion. It is beyond my understanding how a well known publication can let ite article published.

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