Hindutva

Reporting on “History Battles”

BY VAMSEE JULURI| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |10/03/2018

A Reuter’s report reveals the bias, clichés, and laziness that crop up on the subject of Hindus and India’s ‘first inhabitants’.

 

“Hindu terror units killed Gauri Lankesh”

BY GEETA SESHU| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |06/09/2017

Her lawyer B T Venkatesh is clear that the killing was a sinister and pre-planned act by ‘Hindu terror units’, and not linked to the defamation cases against her.

 

A hero’s welcome for Lt Col Purohit

BY JYOTI PUNWANI| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |01/09/2017

Never has a terror accused released on bail received the kind of welcome Times Now and Republic TV accorded to Malegaon blast accused Lt Col Purohit.

 

The Stoning of the Scholars

BY VAMSEE JULURI| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |17/12/2016

When a scholar’s lifelong study of ancient knowledge systems is reduced to slogans, it means the media is imposing its own preconceptions on his work.

 

Framing the California textbooks debate

BY VAMSEE JULURI| IN MEDIA MONITORING |16/06/2016

How did the US and Indian media convert an attempt to erase ‘’India’ and ‘Hinduism’ into a fight between ‘bad’ Hindus and ‘good’ secularists? ??

 

The LA Times and erasing India from textbooks

BY VAMSEE JULURI| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |13/04/2016

In reporting California’s history curriculum changes that will remove the words ‘India’ and ‘Hinduism’, the LA Times has been less than truthful,

 

How the media twisted Irani on Mahishasura

BY VAMSEE JULURI| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |02/03/2016

Why were her remarks framed as being in opposition to Mahishasura worship rather than as opposition to the denigration of Durga?

 

Media and civil society only hear dead people

BY PADMAJA SHAW| IN OPINION |01/02/2016

Media misread campus politics. The ABVP’s Hindutva aggression is not normal student activism, but they ignored this until it led to Rohith’s suicide,

 

Fifty shades of saffron

BY PADMAJA SHAW| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |14/10/2015

After each attack on free speech, the television channels choose to rant and bring in a chorus of Parivar apologists to fully justify their politics.

 

Now BJP cast as free speech defender

BY GEETA SESHU| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |12/10/2015

Maharashtra CM Fadnavis is all set to put his government’s might behind the Kasuri book launch as a free speech issue even as the Shiv Sena blackens Sudheendra Kulkarni’s face.

 

Oh dear, no fireworks!

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |02/10/2015

Talk of looking for provocative speeches and returning disappointed. This Tribune report describes a book launch on the life of the VHP's Ashok Singhal which reporters descended upon, looking for headlines. It says the Sangh Parivar members present "preferred to mouth inane statements rather than raise political temperatures." The item is headlined..

 

Why this blatant cherry picking?

BY Seetha| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |04/08/2015

Saif Ahmad Khan’s article on online Hindutva included comments on Swarajya magazine that twisted the facts to support his theory.

 

The rise and rise of online Hindutva

BY SAIF AHMAD KHAN| IN DIGITAL MEDIA |13/07/2015

Having helped the BJP come to power, online Hindutva is trying to turn public opinion and discourse towards the right.

 

Give media credit where due

BY Jyoti Punwani| IN OPINION |03/01/2015

When it comes to overt anti-minority actions by Hindutva organisations, the English press has rarely pulled its punches.

 

PK Doublespeak

IN CENSORSHIP |01/01/2015

Vigilante Hindutva groups have perfected the art of violent protests.

 

2014's RSS story

BY SN| IN OPINION |25/12/2014

A strong leader can set the terms of discourse for the media. But only so long as more discordant disruptions don't take place under his watch.

 

Out, damned spot?

BY Darius Nakhoonwala| IN OPINION |06/12/2014

It was a nice play on words for anyone who is not a minister. But alas, the lady is one and everyone, including the Prime Minister, was appalled.

 

From Modified America: visceral hate or fair criticism?

BY ANUP KUMAR| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |01/10/2014

Some of the media coverage exposed the visceral hate Modi supporters attract in certain sections of the Indian and international media.

 

Hindutva's chronic hate speech

BY Jyoti Punwani| IN OPINION |20/09/2013

Inflammatory speeches are made and content published but no action is taken. Is there nothing we as journalists can do about hate speech,

 

Messengers in the dock

BY NAVEEN SOORINJE| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |31/07/2012

Police in Mangalore have filed cases against the journalists who reported and filmed an attack on young people by a Hindu Jagarana Vedike mob.

 

What's the English press aiming at?

BY Jyoti Punwani| IN OPINION |12/01/2012

The English language newspapers' biased prioritizing of events pertaining to Muslims on one hand and Hindu extremists on the other, has given rise to the feeling that they have been demonizing the former.

 

Elitist press spouts asatya on Baba

BY Vamsee Juluri| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |14/05/2011

To anyone who has paid unbiased attention to what Baba has said it is quite clear that his teachings emanate from a conviction in the idea of a singular divinity.

 

Reporting Ayodhya-II 

BY Padmaja Shaw and Nagamallika G| IN REGIONAL MEDIA |18/10/2010

In Hyderabad both Eenadu and Deccan Chronicle bent over backwards to maintain balance. One defining feature of Eenadu was the effort it took to present both the sides for almost all stories.

 

Live TV and dubious judicial logic

BY Padmaja Shaw| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |04/10/2010

Whether a self-proclaimed custodian of God can go to court claiming land in His name and whether Indian courts can endorse such ownership of land was not explored by any channel.

 

Intimidation in Goa

IN MEDIA FREEDOM |19/08/2009

The editor of Lokmat has filed a police complaint alleging that he received death threats after he published a cartoon of Swami Ramdas Samarth in a suit.

 

Shock and anger on pro-Hindutva websites

BY B Raman| IN DIGITAL MEDIA |18/05/2009

"The BJP does not impress Hindus any more, and it manages to frighten non-Hindus. Not a combination to win India."

 

The Truth in shackles

BY Bhamy V Shenoy| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |04/02/2009

The odyssey of a Karnataka journalist, B. V. Seetharam, clearly shows how press freedom in India is a mirage,

 

Hindutva Terror

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |27/10/2008

NDTV predictably has been going hammer and tongs on Hindutva terror but they spoil the effect of their investigations with the heavily loaded language used.  Baby-faced anchors spout adjectives and opinions galore. When the facts are damning enough, it helps to just stick to them.

 

Manufacturing Hindutva?

BY Padmaja Shaw| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |13/10/2008

The entire story is a web of self-incriminating confessions from the accused that render any need for fair trial that all citizens of India are entitled to, unnecessary.

 

Gujarat: A media overkill that missed the story

BY ninan| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |16/12/2002

The changing patterns of community thought and behaviour went unnoticed, misread or blanked out.

 

The Hindu, Hindus, and Hindutva

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |01/01/1900

The most respected newspaper in the country, respected chiefly for its objectivity and balance, came close to losing that respect.

 

 

 

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