British Hindus charge BBC with complicity in Ethnic Cleansing of Leicester Hindus & launch AntiHinduism/Hinduphobia Definition at BBC Protest.
The BBC was complicit in covering up the greatest catalogue of anti-Hindu hate crimes seen in recent years and this prejudice has been condemned globally.
British Hindus gathered at the London headquarters of the BBC to protest to the BBC's hinduphobic reporting in general but particularly regarding the Leicester violence in which attempts were made to drive Hindus from their homes. In addition to registering their complaint British Hindus submitted a working definition of Anti-Hinduism/Hinduphobia" which had already been presented to the Prime Ministers Office and to the APPG for British Hindus.
The statement (available in full below) included the following comments:-
In 2004 Britains Hindus came together to condemn the anti-hindu bias in the BBC’s output. In the last 18 years the bias has gotten worse and it is now openly anti-Hindu and Hinduphobic . The BBC’s coverage of the violent attacks on Leicester Hindus by Islamists was the worst reporting seen so far and has contributed to the concealment of an attempt to ethnically cleanse an area of Leicester of Hindus. The BBC was complicit in covering up the greatest catalogue of anti-Hindu hate crimes seen in recent years and this prejudice has been condemned globally. As was reported in the Indian press “At best, the BBC has shifted from totally blaming Hindus for the violence to essentially saying that they don't know who started the violence. However, they are continuing to shield the Islamists of Leicester while tacitly throwing the victims - Hindus - under the bus.” (Opindia 26/09))
In response to the BBC'S relentless biased and hateful reporting on India and Hindus, we have assembled together today to protest and to advise you that we intend to continue protesting until the BBC cease its unrelenting vilification and dehumanisation of Hindus globally and of “licence-fee paying” British Hindus especially.
We Hindus always prefer to be a part of the solution, preferring evolution to revolution but this is not possible without both parties subscribing to this desire. We have not seen any indication that our approach is reciprocated and have therefore undertaken this protest, which may well be the first of many such protests.
The BBC’s reporting on matters relating to events in India and particularly relating to Hindus and Hinduism are anti-Hindu and Hinduphobic and completely in contravention of the terms of your Charter and of our working definition of Hinduphobia, which is attached.
“At best, the BBC has shifted from totally blaming Hindus for the violence to essentially saying that they don't know who started the violence. However, they are continuing to shield the Islamists of Leicester while tacitly throwing the victims - Hindus - under the bus.” (Opindia) .
BBC reports are almost invariably half-truths and inuendo, designed to seed, incite and create conflict and are clearly intended to malign and demonise the Hindu community in this country and internationally. .
We attach a small example as evidence of the hateful content which is routinely produced by your organisation for your consideration (we have many more for eventual submission to OfCom) and hope that you will arrange to meet a small delegation to discuss this matter and move towards a resolution as opposed to continued conflict and ill-feeling and harm to our community.
Media Coverage of the Protest
Extract - Working Definition of Anti Hindu / Hinduphobia (Sarah L Gates PhD Candidate, Definition Researcher & Author)
'Anti Hindu sentiment or Hinduphobia aggravates acts of exclusion, discrimination, vilification, mischaracterisation, and abuse. Anti Hindu denial is when Hindus, Hindu identity, faith, and culture are absent referents. This includes the denial of anti Hindu sentiment and Hinduphobia. Anti Hindu negation is when Hindus and their identity, faith, and culture, by omission or commission, are excluded, devalued, and backgrounded. Anti Hindu prejudice is bias against Hindu identity, faith, and culture. Anti Hindu vilification is when Hindus, Hindu identity, faith and culture are abused and disparaged, misrepresented, maligned, demonised, distorted, and criminalised. Anti Hinduism, anti Hindu sentiment and Hinduphobia are interchangeable.'
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Shri Francois Gaultier on the BBC and India :-https://youtu.be/BTFKKF49qLU