Abhinav Khare deep dives into the bias against Hindu festivals and the promotion of Hinduphobia by secular media organisations, who bring up social and civic issues during Hindu festivals, while remaining mum on others
‘Secular’ media organisations can often be spotted indulging in Hinduphobia. They unabashedly bash Hindu festivals whereas they keep gushing over all other non-Hindu festivals. They always sling mud at Hindu festivals whereas they over-hype the others. The way they do it is make Hindus feel bad about their own religious festivals. They preach about how Hindus can reform and modify their religion but never once do they criticise other religions who do the same. Any other non-Hindu festivals get hailed for spreading peace, love and inclusivity.
The Quint branded Holi as a festival in which kids unleash terror on the streets. The usual target Diwali was as always criticised for the fireworks. The absurdist of all was Navratri which made fasting unhealthy however Ramzan made fasting one of the healthiest and soul cleansing habits.
Just like the Quint, Scroll wasn’t behind in spreading Hinduphobia. Water crisis during Holi, Air pollution during Diwali but Bakri-id, which kills millions of goats around the country, made it to their website as how the Mumbai goat market celebrated that festival. Such hypocrisy, much wow!
The Wire reported on Holi being a festival which “perpetuates rape culture” due to rumours of semen filled balloons. They also said Jallikattu spreads animal abuse and machismo. If such is the case, why are they silent over Muharram where even young kids slash themselves on the road?
Huffington Post called Karva Chauth patriarchal whereas Easter was referred to as a festival which promotes brotherhood and compassion among Hindus and Muslims. They called Jallikattu a celebration for animal cruelty but they found Bakhri-eid an occasion of compassion.
There is a distinctive tone of preaching in all these media houses. Hindu festivals to them promote rape culture, water scarcity, machoism, air pollution , etc, whereas similar non-Hindu festivals celebrate peace and compassion. These are deliberate attempts to make Hindus feel ashamed of their own festivals and customs but one should not fall for these. They are spreading Hinduphobia and we need to resist it.
About Abhinav Khare
Abhinav Khare is the CEO of AsiaNetNews Network and also the host of a daily show named Deep Dive with AK. AsiaNetNews is a leading media group of south India with highly valuable brands like AsiaNetNews, Suvarna News, Kannada Prabha, IndigoMusic, Indigo Radio, MyNation, NewsFast, IndigoXP Music lounges.
He is a proud father of two beautiful daughters and resides in Bengaluru with his loving family and a lifetime collection of books and gadgets. An avid traveller, he has already pinged more than hundred cities from 5 major continents around the globe.
A tech entrepreneur, who is passionate about policy, technology, economy and philosophy from ancient India. His favourite pastime is to research synergy between these facets of society. He earned his qualifications from the top 10 global universities; an MS Engineering from the ETH Zurich and an MBA Finance from the London Business School.
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Last Updated Oct 17, 2019, 11:04 AM IST