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BBC and its pathological bias against India – Part 1

13-08-201913-08-2019 13:56:52 IST
Updated On 13-08-2019 15:01:34 ISTUpdated On 13-08-20192019-08-13T08:26:52.101Z13-08-2019 2019-08-13T08:26:43.569Z - 2019-08-13T09:31:34.409Z - 13-08-2019

BBC and its pathological bias against India – Part 1

Acquiring the dubious distinction for long of a ‘biased broadcasting corporation’ with its controversial postures on sensitive issues, the BBC once again blurted out its anti-India prejudice. Coming in handy for the ‘Nth time’ is Kashmir, one of its favourite playgrounds around the world.

The worldwide network of news channels is in the eye of a storm of late, along with Doha-based Al Jazeera news channel, for ‘fabricating videos’ and spreading ‘misinformation’ in the wake of the abrogation of Article 370 by India. The Indian government is taking strong exception to about four videos and seven reports that falsely claim massive protests and unrest in Jammu and Kashmir in the last one week.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has in fact challenged the BBC and Al Jazeera to prove the authenticity of a particular video that these two channels aired. The video was used to claim that more than 10,000 people staged a protest in the streets of Srinagar during a time the prohibitory orders were relaxed.

The video was used also to claim that the Indian paramilitary forces on the ground have fired upon the agitating crowds. The Indian authorities, while acknowledging the protest, stated that it was staged by a handful of activists, not more than 20 in number.

In response to the Indian government’s strong rebuttal and the gauntlet thrown to prove the authenticity of the video, the BBC stoutly defended its position. It asserted that it backs its coverage with the raw footage of the video. But the Indian government officials have neither received the footage nor any other credible evidence from the BBC as of this point.

HYPOCRISY UNMATCHED: The BBC’s alleged mischief and ‘unwarranted adventurism’ mocking India’s authority of Kashmir could have easily been glossed over had it not been for this angry outburst. India’s legendary actor-director Shekhar Kapur tore the BBC apart for its ‘slanted’ coverage of the abrogation of Article 370 and its description of Jammu and Kashmir as ‘Indian-occupied Kashmir.’ Calling out the BBC hypocrisy, he wanted to know why the global broadcaster doesn’t call ‘Northern Ireland’ as ‘British Occupied Ireland’. Very pertinent..!

Hey @BBCWorld.. each time you call #kashmir ‘Indian Occupied Kashmir’ I keep wondering why you refuse to call Northern Ireland ‘British Occupied Ireland.’” Kapur’s spontaneous outrage in this tweet has once again put the ‘pathological prejudice’ of the BBC under spotlight. The coinage, ‘Indian-occupied Kashmir’, is the brainchild of Pakistan and its army, which they hopelessly use to propagate globally as part of the vengeful doctrine of ‘bleeding India with a thousand cuts’.

The BBC has been unabashedly parroting the same in its reference to Jammu and Kashmir, an integral part of India, in utter disregard for the established position of the world, including the United Nations. BBC is one of the many foreign media entities like Al Jazeera, The Guardian and New York Times that Indian observers have a serious problem with, for their biased reportage of the Kashmir unrest.

It Is common knowledge that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) invests heavily in an expansively dedicated social media team to peddle lies and falsehood against India. A torrent of fake Twitter handles, photoshopped images and fabricated and morphed videos are their chosen weapons in the ultra-modern era of technology. Unfortunately, these ‘fabled organs of the foreign media’ are accused of peddling this ‘fakery’ to foment trouble in Kashmir and build a falsified opinion against India.

The BBC represents a certain kind of foreign media that shouts from the rooftops about alleged human rights violations in the Kashmir Valley, state’s use of force for an oppressive regime, prolonged curfew and clampdown besides media censorship through information blackout.

One is not sure if it displays the same zest in referring to the press censorship that the United Kingdom had infamously imposed during the Margaret Thatcher’s prime-ministership many decades ago. The British government used the clampdown on media in the early 1980s’ at the height of the conflict with Northern Ireland.

The BBC perhaps enjoyed the most vantage position then reporting how the British Crown was alleged to have violently crushed a prolonged struggle for a self-rule in Ireland, the northern region in particular.

(Continued in Part 2)

-Durga Prasad Kanamaluru



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