New Delhi/London: Prasar Bharati Chairman Dr A Surya Prakash has strongly protested a “factually inaccurate” report “branding” India as a country where religious minorities were being persecuted, presented by Vinod K Jose, Executive Editor of ‘The Caravan’ magazine, at the Global Conference for Media Freedom in London.
Standing up to object, Prakash said he along with journalists Swapan Dasgupta and Kanchan Gupta who were among the audience “take very strong exception to the presentation of India”. Jose had claimed that “a hundred Christians were murdered in India” and that “the RSS engineered the pogrom against the Sikhs in 1984”. An agitated Prakash said that if the audience at the conference “were to leave with this picture of India, then democracy would be in grave danger”.
“We are the largest and most vibrant democracy in the world. We have 900 million electors, 600 million of whom have just voted. We are the most diverse society in the world, not just social and economic, but political,” he added. He said Jose’s presentation had “very major factual inaccuracies, which need to be corrected”. Prakash said he had himself covered the 1984 riots as a journalist and that the media in India is “most free and vibrant”. (IANS)