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Letter to Globe & Mail

Post On:June 15, 2021

This letter was sent out to all publicly listed Journalists of Globe & Mail
This article is about the lady in Red Ms.Stephanie Nolen
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We introduce ourselves a Hindu advocacy, not for Profit organization in Canada. We take pride in representing a community that despite negative image, have demonstrated nonviolent, peaceful, and assimilating nature. We believe that is the language of civility.

We are writing to you regarding a series of reporting by Globe & Mail since 2013 and it continues to this day. We are referring to Ms. Stephanie Nolen. Her “breaking caste” series clearly sounds like a tacit support for evangelical driven journalistic agenda. In one of her articles, she came up with this fascinating line, “That evangelists help India to work for righteous anger”. May we ask, as to what would the act of triggering anger on the soil of another country be called? However, camouflaged it is, it is encouraging violence and the goal seems to be achieved as we are seeing that violence in the minds of born again’s of India on the streets of India.

Her route to journalistic glory is the “welfare of Dalits”. She highlights the issues of Dalits and connects their “troubles” to the most popular socio-religio-political currency in nailing Hindus of India “caste”!! And proceeds to deliver the blame on Hindu religion, while ignoring the British or Portuguese History that played a huge role in perpetuating it. And her solution for their troubles is embracing evangelistic targets.

India has been groaning and barely recovering from 300 years of British and Portuguese. History surely tells that they did not work in the best interests of India. They actively worked to undermine the educational and social structure of the country. Despite that, Indian intellect has self nourished itself and we see highly educated, hard working and intelligent Hindus, the best of whom Canada has welcomed.

Ms.Nolen, with a few strokes of her pen has put the entire Hindu religion under scanner. This has negatively impacted the perception of Hindus of Canada. We did not immigrate to nations that have a poor record of Journalistic ethics. We came to Canada for the sense of fairness that this great nation offers. And for Stephanie Nolen,to bring that politics of negativity to our doorsteps in Canada and mask it under the guise of Journalistic achievement is appalling.

That has impacted Hindus of Canada, quite bad. It took us 7 years for us to come out of that trauma to pen this letter. With help from experts and extensive internal discipline, we are now successful in writing this letter without falling to her trap of “triggering righteous anger” On a corollary note, we can say that with a baggage of residential schools and injustice towards natives of Canada, she does not get to preach to India or Hindus. White saviour ship cannot be an escape from that baggage.

Your website does not seem to have an ethics dept or ombudsman we can write to. Hence compelled to send this to all contacts at Globe and Mail. Requesting the receivers of this mail to forward it to the right person. We do believe that despite Ms. Nolen there are still souls in Globe and mail, who believe in fairness and inclusive reporting. It is only fair that we expect the good souls to respond. This anomaly created by her on your pages should be balanced out. It’s been a wound for too long.

Otherwise, we do believe that she is fine person, hard working and intelligent.

CBC- Generating good faith on Indians?

Post On:April 12, 2021

By Dwarapalaka Team:
 
This was the title and reporting by CBC. The author linked the rise in covid cases of Maharastra and Kerala to the Hindu festival of Kumbh mela happening in a totally different state of India, UP.
 
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Now let us study its impact on the readers minds,
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This was our mail to CBC
 
Looks like your new appointee based at Mumbai has started her “job” and our previous concerns to selective reportage by CBC are mounting.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/india-covid-19-immunity-1.5947454
 
If CBC or their associates followed the events in India since Covid-19 started, they would know the mass gatherings of Tablighi Jamaat who were officially linked to more than 80% of the corona cases at one time, Farmers protests (ongoing for months), election rallies and countless other occasions where crowds gathered. However, CBC chose to report one event linked to a Hindu Festival, Kumbh Mela. Why CBC is selectively attacking Hinduism? To link all ills of India to its faith? If reporting about violations of Covid rules is the goal why only Kumbh Mela? Please clarify the intent here?
 
Your reporting is guilty of creating a negative image of Hindus and Indians in Canada. Its no longer a passable joke. Been observing CBC for 17 years. There is a need for a radical change in the thinking when it comes to reporting about Hindus.

CBC misreporting with Public funding

Post On:March 24, 2021

This was the first of our many correspondence with CBC
 

We refer to your article and its update on CBC FB post as re-produced below.
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We have received a e-acknowledgement to the complaint we sent to you from your website on this. (enclosed below) As we have not received any further response from you we are sending this 2nd letter.
 
We wish to file a formal complaint on the following aspects of your article
1- The news bits inserted into the article was not done with journalistic fairness
2- It presents a incorrect and one -sided aspect of the story, that needs authentication
3- It was not written keeping in mind the pluralistic nature of Canadian society
 
Initial reports tell us that the above report has caused considerable anger with the Hindu community. We are initiating reach out to Hindus of Canada on this report to further assess their response. There is unanimity your article insinuates both character & Culture of Hindus. That article propagates the theory that the onus of responsibility for Violence in Delhi rests on Hindu shoulders only. That speaks of bias, condescending approach and absence of research on the sensitive subject. Your FB page has 2.3 Million likes. You have effectively promoted Hindu Phobia in that many likely minds. It negatively impacts Hindu adults at workplaces and Kids at schools. That is a serious violation of Hindu rights. Canadian Hindus are taxpayers and good Citizens. We draw your attention to “Respect and Absence of Prejudice” section in your Journalistic Standards and Practices page.
 
Before initiating the process of a formal re-course, we wish to enquire,
1- Source of news, with the religion / names of journalists who penned that article.
2- Was CBC misled into publishing that article or was it a deliberate job with hidden agenda?
3- Do you have a vetting process before news is published
4- Do you have a experts team who authorize publications to ensure that news is fair and in sync with high values of democratic processes that makes nations like Canada named as developed?

 
Our contact info is enclosed for you to reach to us to discuss the above sensitive journalistic breach.

In correspondence with CBC

Post On:January 7, 2021

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For some mysterious reason CBC seems to have succumbed to the victim card and on reporting about India hardly presents any Hindu angle. It ongoing.

Biased reporting by CTV?

Post On:October 14, 2020

This was reported this time by CTV..
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https://www.ctvnews.ca/world/indian-jewelry-chain-withdraws-ad-after-outrage-by-hindu-hardliners-1.5144465.
 
It was sourced from Agence France-Presse’s network. They pride on having 201 bureaus covers 151 countries, with 80 nationalities represented among its 2,400 collaborators. AFP is a global news agency delivering in-depth coverage of the events shaping our world from conflicts to politics, economics, sports, entertainment and the latest breakthroughs in health, science and technology. The Agency operates regional hubs in five geographical zones: Africa, North America, Latin America, Asia, Middle East.
 
This was our mail to AFP
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This was our mail 1 to CTV
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This was our mail 2 to CTV
 
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Mail to Global News

Post On:April 4, 2020

Please refer to this article in Global News Canada which is self explanatory,

Faith in isolation: How Canadians are praying during the coronavirus pandemic


This is our mail to Ms. Meghan Collie who wrote the above article,

Hi Meghan Collie,

A timely article. We notice that Hindu faith has been missed in your report. There are approximately 188 Hindu Temples of Canada. Hindus are over 1/2 a million in strength and have reputation of Honest taxpayers & Citizens. It’s a fair request that the Hindus story also be part of an inclusive Canada in news coverage.

I guess your reporting is nation wide but if have a specific geographical area of reporting we can connect you to the Hindu temple of your choice. Hindu temples of Canada have initiated various reach out programmes to devotees on Covid.

The managements of many Hindu temples are highly educated. They would you be able to provide you the required inputs for your next article on how the Hindu faith is responding to the Covid crises.

If Corona does not discriminate in its task, why would you do so? Trust you would receive this mail with the sense of anguish its written with.

Best Wishes
The Dialogue Team

Mail to Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Post On:March 9, 2020

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We refer to your article and its update on CBC FB post as re-produced below. We have received a e-acknowledgement to the complaint we sent to you from your website on this subject. (enclosed below) As we have not received any further response from you we are sending this 2nd letter.

We wish to file a formal complaint on the following aspects of your article
1-The news bits inserted into the article was not done with journalistic fairness
2-It presents a incorrect and one -sided aspect of the story, that needs authentication
3-It was not written keeping in mind the pluralistic nature of Canadian society

Initial reports tell us that the above report has caused considerable anger with the Hindu community. We are initiating reach out to Hindus of Canada on this report to further assess their response. There is unanimity your article insinuates both character & Culture of Hindus. That article propagates the theory that the onus of responsibility for Violence in Delhi rests on Hindu shoulders only. That speaks of bias, condescending approach and absence of research on the sensitive subject.

Your FB page has 2.3 Million likes. You have effectively promoted Hindu Phobia in that many likely minds. It impacts Hindu adults at workplaces and Kids at schools. That is a serious violation of Hindu rights. Canadian Hindus are taxpayers and good Citizens. We draw your attention to “Respect and Absence of Prejudice” section in your Journalistic Standards and Practices page.

Before initiating the process of formal re-course, we wish to enquire,
1- Source of news, with the names of journalists who penned that article.
2- Was CBC misled into publishing that article or was it a deliberate?
3- Do you have a vetting process before news is published
4- Do you have a experts team who authorize publications to ensure that news is fair and in sync with high values of democratic processes that makes nations like Canada named as developed?

Our contact info is enclosed for you to reach to us to discuss the article & recourse.
Best Wishes
The Dialogue Team

Letter to Canadian Broadcasting corporation

Post On:August 20, 2016

To
Hubert T. Lacroix
CEO – CBC – Canada,
Respected Mr. Hubert Lacroix,
We bring to your attention concern’s pertaining to CBC reporting on India. We quote the following programmes
– India Reborn
– India’s Daughter &
– The most recent one on the “rebel “attack in Assam
Three concerns:
1- Reporting has been with an objective to sully India’s image in Canada
2- Reporting does not represent the majority of India
3- Reporting does not take into factor stories from all sides to a story
Indian news channels almost always portray Canada in good light on all Telecasts in India. It’s simply not soo Canadian that CBC is doing the opposite! To elucidate our concern we conjure a scenario, “Our team can record The Vancouver drug problem and give it a national broadcast in India” Would that be a fair representation of Canada? We do not think so, but CBC is resorting to that kind of reporting when it comes to India. Goes in search of problems and magnifies it many folds.
You would acknowledge that CBC has very limited access to countries like China. India offers a democratic set up and greater access. People of Indian origin residing in Canada feel that access is being misused each time such reporting appears on TV/Print & Radio medium of CBC.
To the best of our knowledge Indians do not come to Canada with welfare on their minds. They work hard, if necessary go to college again, pay fees from their part-time jobs, graduate, pay for their mortgages and contribute significantly to the tax revenue of Canada.

It is only fair that we ask CBC to respect the sentiments of India and Indians living in Canada. We hope that CBC would factor this in while reporting about India in future.
If you wish us to provide micro details of our concerns we can send you the compiled reports.
Kind Regards
Gopala R.Krishna
www.thedialogue.ca
Copy to:
Minister of Culture: THE HONOURABLE MÉLANIE JOLY, Board of Directors CBC – Mr. Vishnu Prakash, The Indian High commissioner to India, Ottawa – Ministry of External affairs, Govt of India – Federation of Hindu Temples in Canada – Panorama India – Indo Canada chamber of Commerce.