By creating false dilemmas along communal lines the newspaper article is creating schisms in the social fabric of India.
- Grievance Redressal Officer, Press Council of India
- Chairperson, Press Council of India
Hon'ble Mr. Justice Markandey Katju (retd)
Mr. Justice Markandey Katju (retd),
Chairperson, Press Council of India.
GRO, Grievance Redressal Officer
I would like to bring to your attention my severe grievance against a report titled
“Air force pilot Yunus is proud to be Indian”, carried in their edition dated 25th June 2013. (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Air-force-pilot-Yunus-is-proud-to-be-Indian/articleshow/20754612.cms)
The report states in its concluding paragraph, “So what was it like for a Muslim to be one of the first to come to the aid of Hindu pilgrims? Yunus laughs out loud before giving a quick answer. "In the Air Force we are taught only one religion - to be Indian. That is what IAF pilots are trained to be. Had it not been for such tragic circumstances, I would have been grateful and happy to see the holy shrine."
I take severe offense at this manner of reportage by one of the premier and most circulated newspapers of India
My objections are
1. By dwelling on the religion of Mr. Yunus are they trying to imply that people of all religions are not equally proud to be Indians? Most specifically Muslims, since they dwelt on the religion of Mr. Yunus.
2. Are they trying to imply that it is a surprise when Muslims come to the aid of Hindus?
I strongly believe that in a secular state, the question of checking a man's faith would not arise; it would be irrelevant. Thereafter, the testing of a man's faith would be unthinkable.
I would urge you to caution the newspaper from carrying such articles. It is divisive in nature. The article creates an unhealthy feeling that as a Muslim one must prove their patriotism at every instance.
I await your kind and hopefully immediate indulgence and intervention.
A 301 Jal Vayu Vihar. Powai. Mumbai. Maharashtra 400076.
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