The opening of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya has been a very polarising topic across the country. While some are proud of it and see it as a thing of great cultural and religious significance, others seem to believe there are more important things that the taxpayer’s money to be spent on than a temple.
The temple itself has caused a lot of heated debates to take place from people of all backgrounds with many showing their support or protest against it in their own ways. But recently, a British politician spoke out about how BBC was being ‘biased’ in their coverage of the temple.
What Did The British Politician Say?
British MP Bob Blackman, while speaking in the UK (United Kingdom) Parliament recently, called out BBC’s coverage of the Ram mandir especially its consecration ceremony that happened on 22nd January 2024.
Blackman stated “Last week in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh, the Ram Mandir was consecrated. This was of great joy to Hindus across the world as being the birthplace of Lord Ram.”
He spoke further on how BBC treated it saying “Very sadly, the BBC, in their coverage reported, of course, that this was the site of the destruction of a mosque, forgetting the fact that it had been a temple for more than 2,000 years before that happened and that the Muslims had been allocated a five-acre site on which to erect a mosque adjacent to the town.”
Blackman further stated that it was time the parliament members should “allow time for a debate in government time on the impartiality of the BBC and its failure to provide a decent record of what is actually going on all over the world.”
The article in question seems to be the one published on January 22nd titled “Ayodhya Ram Mandir: India PM Modi inaugurates Hindu temple on razed Babri mosque site”.
BBC as per TOI also put out a statement clarifying their decision and claimed that they did nothing wrong.
They wrote “Some readers felt that the article was biased against Hindus and used inflammatory language. They also objected to us reporting in the headline that the temple had been built on the site of a 16th- century mosque which we explained had been torn down by Hindu mobs in 1992.
It further stated ”We believe that to be a fair and accurate account of what happened. We also mentioned that “many Hindus believe the Babri mosque was built by Muslim invaders on the ruins of a temple where the Hindu god (Ram) was born” and we provided more context, reporting on the 2019 Indian Supreme Court judgement which gave the disputed land to Hindus, who form 80% of India’s population.”
The statement also said ”We do not agree that the article was demeaning to Hindus. Quoting Mr Modi who said it was a “historic occasion”, we reported on the ceremony and on the celebrations in India and in other countries too.”
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