False “Dalit Persecution” stories of ‘Times of India.’ Who is planting these?

Some days back, the “Times of India” (TOI) reported one more of its artificial “Dalit” stories:

Priests ‘purify’ Orissa temple after Dalit minister’s visit

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The news-report turned out to be patently false (as is usual with all of TOI’s “dalit” stories). Many other newspapers rejected this report spread by the TOI reporter. 

‘No row over Minister’s visit’  

The administration today put to rest the controversy surrounding the visit of Women and Child Development Minister Pramila Mallick, a Dalit, to the Akhandalamani temple at Aradi, 35 km from here, yesterday.

‘‘There was neither any objection from the servitors’ association nor from the management committee of the temple on the Minister’s visit,’’ said Deputy Sub-Collector, Bhadrak, Sadhu Charan Sahu. Even no purification ritual was carried out after the Minister’s departure, Sahu confirmed.

He conducted an inquiry after some sections of the media termed the visit as controversial. He also clarified that there is no bar on entry of Dalits into the temple. Pramila visited the famous Lord Siva temple on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. ‘‘The Minister arrived at the temple at 7.30 am, offered ‘bhog’ and puja through her family priest and left. Neither any objection was raised nor any purification of deity was carried out,’’ said Bhibhudutta Mishra, a servitor.

‘‘According to the decision of the temple’s management committee I was the main priest on Makara Sankranti day and had accompanied the Minister and her family priest to the temple,’’ added Bibhudutta.

According to Parameshwar Panda, family priest of Pramila, she visits the temple every year and sometimes even more than once in a year. There is no caste feeling nor any prohibition on the entry of Dalits.

Not only Pramila, local MLA Netrananda Mallick, a Dalit, also visits the temple very often and goes through the route meant for servitors, Panda said and added even Bhadrak ADM Upendra Mallick, also a Dalit, went inside the temple and offered his ‘Rudrakhya’ puja.

Sub-Collector and Chairman of the Temple Trust Board Bibhuti Bhusan Das said, ‘‘The servitors have intimated me in writing that there was no objection to the entry of the Minister nor any purification ritual was carried out. Like every day, Mahasnana (ritual bath) was done four times. No special Mahasnana was done after the departure of the Minister.’’

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The TOI story was obviously a plant by someone. In any other country, this TOI reporter Sandeep Mishra would have been arrested for spreading baseless rumours to increase animosity and hatred between two social groups. But in India, since the Congress party uses this paper to spread canards about its political rivals, it gets state protection.

The question is: who gains in Orissa if the division between dalits and other Hindus is deepened and the dalits get alienated even more? Well, there are purveyors of religion of love who are operating in Orissa targeting dalits for conversion. Need anything more be said about the source of these kind of “dalit persecution” stories? In short, is TOI getting church funding?

I am seeing a lot of these artificial / fake / trumped-up dalit stories planted in this news-paper every second day. The TOI owner is someone who does not exactly inspire confidence about his integrity, ethics or nationalism, going by his past behaviour. I have found him to be quite a superficial, greedy and frivolous man with a mercenary outlook. “Everything is up for sale as long as a buyer can be found” is his motto. He lacks intellectual depth to understand the burden of responsibility he is shouldering.

When the Americans were putting pressure on the NDA government to open Indian media for foreign funding, this is exactly what they wanted to do. The church has now come into the picture by funding many Indian newspapers and news channels and they are now being used to implement the agenda of the White Man to create social turmoil in India. To add insult to injury, America itself has a blanket ban on foriegn funding into its own national media while it has forced India government to allow Western funding into Indian media!!

Was Vajpayee smoking something when he allowed Indian newspapers to be funded by Westerners? How many of these shady investors from abroad are front companies of the church and CIA? Did Vajpayee not know that most media ‘barons’ in India are men  of straw who will sell their own mothers for money, and that they will be glad to make their newspapers available to the White Man for carrying out propaganda against fellow Indians? There is a whole army of unemployed editors in India who are lobbying for Western funds to start news channels of their own.

Thanks to poster Vikas for bringing this issue to my notice.

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  1. Bharat Nair

    From
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    “Procedure for filing the complaint

    1. Complaints against the Press

    It is open to any person to lodge a complaint with the Press Council against a newspaper for a breach of the recognized ethical canons of journalistic propriety and taste. The complainant need not necessarily be the person aggrieved or directly involved. The alleged breach may be in the publication or non-publication of a news-item or statement, or other material, like cartoons, pictures, photographs, strips or advertisement which are published in a newspaper. Cases can also be initiated by any member of the public against any professional misconduct by an editor, working journalist, staff of a newspaper or engaged in freelance work. There can also be a complaint against any matter transmitted by a news agency by any means whatsoever.

    By virtue of the Press Council (Procedure for Inquiry) Regulations, 1979, complaint shall be lodged with the Council within the following periods:

    (i) Dailies, News agencies and Weeklies …….. within 2 months

    (ii) In all other cases ……. within 4 months

    Provided that a relevant publication of an earlier date may be referred to in the complaint.

    Write to the editor first
    It is a requirement of the Inquiry Regulations that the complainant should initially write to the editor of the newspaper drawing his attention to what the complainant considers to be a breach of journalistic ethics or an offence against public taste. Such prior reference to the editor affords him an opportunity to deal with the matter in the first instance and thus allows the respondent to take such remedial action as he might consider appropriate before the complaint is lodged with the Council. This rule is necessary because it acquaints the editor with the identity of his accuser and the details of the complaint. It is conceivable that in some instance the complainant has been wrongly informed or has misinterpreted the facts. In others, it may be a case of inadvertent error which the editor is only too ready to admit and correct. If the would-be-complainant is satisfied, that would be the end of the matter.

    Where, after reference to the newspaper, the person desires to proceed with the complaint, he should enclose with his complaint copies of correspondence with the editor, if no reply has been received from the editor, the fact should be mentioned in the complaint.

    The complainant has, in his complaint, to give the name and address of the newspaper, editor or journalist against whom the complaint is directed. A clipping of the matter or news-items complained of, in original or self attested copy (English translation, if the news item(s) is in vernacular) should accompany the complaint. The complainant has to state in what manner the passage or news-items or the material complained of is objectionable. He should also supply other relevant particulars, if any.

    In the case of a complaint against non-publication of material the complainant will, of course, say how that constitutes a breach of journalistic ethics.

    The Council cannot deal with any matter which is sub-judice in the law court. The complainant has to declare that “to the best of his knowledge and belief he has placed all the relevant facts before the Council and that no proceedings are pending in any court of law in respect of any matter alleged in the complaint.” A declaration that “ he shall notify the Council forthwith if during the pendency of the inquiry before the Council any matter alleged in the complaint becomes the subject matter of any proceedings in a court of law” is also necessary.

    2. Complaints regarding oppression to Press freedom

    A newspaper, a journalist or any institution or individual can complain against Central or State Government or any organization or person for interference with free functioning of the press or encroachment on the freedom of the press. Such complaints should contain full particulars of the alleged infringement whereupon the Council shall follow the procedure of inquiry set out herein above so far as may be.

    The opinion expressed by the Council sub serves two useful purposes, namely (i) that any abuse of press freedom does not pass without anybody noticing it or raising a finger of protest, and (ii) that the press should not in its own interest indulge in scurrilous or other objectionable writings-writings such as have been considered below the level of recognized standards of journalistic ethics by a fair minded jury like the Council constituted of the press itself, for it would lead to the very loss of the much prized freedom of the press.

    Address of the respondent:

    It is a requirement of the Inquiry Regulations that the complainant should draw the attention of the respondent(s)/authorities towards the grievances state how the action/inaction of the respondent authorities amounts to curtailment of the freedom of the press mention the possible reason for the action/inaction of the respondent(s)/authorities duly supported by documentary evidence and furnish a copy of the letter written to the respondent(s)/authorities.

    In case the action of the respondent(s)/authorities is a reprisal measure for writings in the newspaper, critical of the respondent(s), the cuttings of such reports be furnished in original or as self attested copies (English translation, if the news item(s) is in vernacular.

    Furnish a copy of the reply, if any received from the respondent(s)/authorities. Provided that the Chairman may waive this requirement in his discretion.

    By virtue of the Press Council(Procedure for Inquiry) Regulations, 1979, limitation of time is four months from the date of cause of action.

    Provided that the Chairman may condone the delay if he is satisfied that there exist sufficient reasons for such condonation.

    The Council cannot deal with any matter which is sub-judice in the law court. The complainant has to declare that “to the best of his knowledge and belief he has placed all the relevant facts before the Council and that no proceedings are pending in any court of law in respect of any matter alleged in the complaint.” A declaration that “ he shall notify the Council forthwith if during the pendency of the inquiry before the Council any matter alleged in the complaint becomes the subject matter of any proceedings in a court of law” is also necessary. ”

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  2. The fourth estate , indeed ! A watch-dog or a pet-dog ?

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