Dear Sagarika Ghose
This is a season of open letter. I also had a long time urge to write one to somebody, but was not getting the opportunity. So, thank you for giving me this opportune time and the issue. I also belong to the same profession of journalism, as that of yours, though you can always claim seniority in terms of experience and the class which Lutyens’ Delhi recognizes. Still, even as a junior journalist, I sincerely feel that the principle ‘facts are sacred’, is the basic of our profession, which should not be compromised at any cost. I know that you believe that you are a torch-bearer of the entire journalist community and their freedom of expression.Unfortunately, a large chunk of young journalists is not ready to give you that stature, primarily because the mantra of Journalism is ‘fear none and favour none’ and ‘senior journalists’ like you are now giving a bad name to our profession through old fashioned favouritism in journalism.
If one goes through your tweets and articles, one can easily find that you have some allergy with the Hindus and their beliefs. There are many examples but I want to bring to light the recent one.In a video, where a group of men in Nagaur district in Rajasthan were abusing and harassing a woman with a pipe and forcing her to chant religious slogans. The video clearly showed that the men were forcing the woman to chant ‘Allah’ and ‘Jai Shri Ram’. But while tweeting, you smartly removed that ‘Allah’ part and focused only on ‘Jai Shri Ram’. You have mastered the art of telling the half-truth and that is perhaps the only experience you can claim as a senior. Here is your tweet.
my god this is just apalling. Goons beat a woman and bark, "Bol jai shree ram". Every day brings a new horror https://t.co/gNxkPPnonq
— Sagarika Ghose (@sagarikaghose) June 16, 2017
In the video, one can clearly hear that the woman was forced to chant ‘Allah’ and then asked to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Jai Hanuman’ subsequently. Not only you, a section of mainstream media did the same and left no stone unturned to give it a communal colour.This all started with the Hindustan Times journalist Deep Mukherjee tweeting only about the ‘Jai Shri Ram’ part and hiding the “Allah” part. Here is his tweet
— Deep Mukherjee (@thinkdeep4ever) June 15, 2017
It doesn’t stop here. The Hindustan Times too played its part by re-tweeting the journalist’s half-truth. It was enough for the people like you to lament and abuse “Hindus” and their gods. But everybody knows that the incident had nothing to do with any communal angle. What happened was purely a gender issue which is prevalent in a society like Rajasthan and everyone, irrespective of ideological leanings should condemn the same.
This is not the first time you have shared the news without confirming facts especially when you get chance to defame Hindus. Your hate against Hindu Dharma is not hidden to anybody. It seems that you are on a mission to spread misinformation and hatred to push your agenda. Just to inform you, leading news agency ANI reported the video in full, including the “Allah” part. The two men in this case have been arrested and police is investigating this case.
The law will take care of culprits; however, the damage done by a ‘senior journalist’ like you, to the credibility of our profession is very difficult to correct.
Nishant Kr Azad