Indian-Americans protest CNN documentary on ‘agoris”
A report from Washington said that a large contingent of Indian-Americans gathered outside the CNN office in Chicago after the channel aired a documentary that “tarnished” Hinduism. The protest held on Sunday was attended by over 600 Indian-Americans. Shamkant Sheth, President of Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America (VHPA), Chicago said they had come to protest against the show aired on CNN called ‘Believer’, directed by Reza Aslan. The community was outraged by the way he presented Hinduism. He said they had requested CNN not to broadcast the show, but they aired it. He said “Raza Aslan, even though he claimed to be religious, which he was not, just met a few people in Varanasi who were called ‘Aghoris’ (Hindu sadhus devoted to Lord Shiva). Sheth said he did not understand why Raza chose to show this when Hinduism had offered this world so many good things like yoga and spirituality. A letter distributed during the protest said: “This was his (Aslan’s) picture of Hinduism projected to the world on CNN.”
The Shiv Sena’s creativity
Backing parliamentarian Ravindra Gaikwad following his altercation with an Air India flight employee, the Shiv Sena had criticised all other major airlines for putting him in the 'no fly list' and wondered why they never showed any concern when Hurriyat leaders and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim travelled by flights. Shiv Sena leader Arvind Sawant told the media that "The incident only happened with Air India. But every other air lines banned him. This is not good. If they are so concerned then why the Hurriyat leaders travel in their plane? Even Dawood went to Pakistan by plane," . Sawant further said that the party never supported Gaikwad's actions but always demanded a proper investigation into the matter. Gaikwad yesterday issued a fresh statement stating that the Air India was trying to misguide everyone as to what transpired which triggered the altercation onboard the aircraft. The Osmanabad MP said that he never demanded a Business Class seat, but instead requested a complaint book to address his grievance about 'substandard service'. Meanwhile the Samajwadi Party had criticized the ban placed on Gaikwad by different airlines.
Meat sellers in Uttar Pradesh urge Chief Minister to focus on nation
As the meat sellers across Uttar Pradesh went on an indefinite strike from today against the crackdown on illegal and mechanized slaughterhouses, they urged Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to fight for the nation and not for 'gosht'. "Yogi Adityanath should fight for the nation, not for gosht. Many people are dying without food. It has created chaos. We will support Yogi ji in his fight against Pakistan. If he (Yogi Adityanath) fights for gosht, we will raise our voices," a meat seller told the media. Stating that all of them were facing trouble, another meat seller said all the labourers were disturbed with the present scenario. "Someone commits mistake and others pay for it. We have to earn our living. So many families are dependent on this. We all have become jobless now. There should be a solution to this," said another meat seller. CM Adityanath had earlier said abattoirs operating legally would not be touched but action would be taken against those run illegally.
Shiv Sena backs thrasher
The Shiv Sena had given a shutdown call in Maharashtra's Osmanabad in support of MP Ravindra Gaikwad, who had assaulted an Air India employee on flight. The Shiv Sena was likely to bring privilege motion in the Parliament over the issue of Gaikwad being put in 'no fly list' of all airlines. Air India and six private airlines banned the 56-year-old MP from flying as he refused to apologise for the incident that triggered nationwide outrage. The MP from Osmanabad in Maharashtra had earlier downplayed reports suggesting that Air India was considering banning him from boarding its flights. Sukumar, who was assaulted by Gaikwad, asserted that the elected representatives needed to behave in a decent manner. "I am not scared at all, either with Gaikwad or with the Shiv Sena. I have been serving public and have also faced many who get irritated on such issues. It's a common thing for me," he added.