“The comparisons drawn by TS Sudhir between Gurmeet Ram Rahim and Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale in a recent Huffington Post India article are erroneous at best, and calculated at worst.”
– Harwinder Singh, Naujawani.com. (full post linked below).
Note – we have not provided links to the anti-Sikh articles mentioned in this post to stop the pages from gaining further hits, which could in turn encourage outlets to publish such pieces.
On August 26 Huffington Post India published an article which compared revered Sikh saint Sant Jarnail Singh Khalsa Bhindranwale with recently convicted rapist and so-called spiritual leader Ram Rahim.
The article highly offended masses of the Sikh community and was also accused of blatant distortion of recent Indian history, specifically the events surrounding the rise of Sant Jarnail Singh which occurred in the 1980s. The article, written by TS Sudhir, was perceived as a typical example of the anti-Sikh rhetoric which Indian media often propagates. Recent examples of this include citing 84 year old hunger strike activist Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa as a “radical”, as well as labeling fabled Sikh school Damdami Taksal as “hardline”.
This week Sikh PA have been speaking directly with the Huffington Post India editorial team to discuss our concerns about the article. Following our discussions we can confirm the following;
- Huffington Post India will publish a response we are working on with the National Sikh Youth Federation.
- The original piece now includes a statement from ourselves.
- The headline has been changed, removing the comparison to Sant Jarnail Singh.
What exactly is wrong with the article?
Here we share some posts which specifically detail what is wrong with article.
A Nefarious Comparison
The following is a post by Harwdiner Singh, Senior Editor of Sikh social and political commentary news website Naujawani.com. Harwinder Singh points out inaccuracies in TS Sudhir’s piece, as well as highlighting how the tone of the article is nefariously anti-Sikh.
“The comparisons drawn by TS Sudhir between Gurmeet Ram Rahim and Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale in a recent Huffington Post India article are erroneous at best, and calculated at worst. He takes great pains in his opening ambit to limit the comparisons to “the unholy culture of the politician-godmen nexus in India”. But his selective targeting of the subjects for the article exposes his unashamed blindness towards…”
Read the full post at https://naujawani.com/blog/a-nefarious-comparison.
Provocative Headlines can only go So Far…
Check out UK Sikh community figure Mankamal Singh explaining why the article will not impact the status of Sant Jarnail Singh Khalsa Bhindranwale to the Sikh community.
Harjit Kaur, Sikh activist and Commissioner for Santa Clara County’s Domestic Violence Council in the State of California, made this statement in reference to the article by TS Sudhir.
“Ethical journalism ensures the free exchange of information that is accurate, fair and thorough. An ethical journalist acts with integrity. The article referenced falls short of this standard and the comparisons made are purely to demean and degrade Sikhs and Sikh history, while again stabbing at the raw wounds of 1984 and the Decade of Disappearances that followed.”
Ram Rahim is a “Singh”
All of a sudden India media have turned every single 'Ram Rahim' story into highlighting how he is a 'Sikh' or has 'Singh' in his name 1/
— Harjinder Singh (@harjinder108) September 1, 2017
Means to complain to Huffington Post
Here Sikh Youth Birmingham provide means for their followers to take complaints directly to Huffington Post.
For any questions or further comment on this issue, email Media@SikhPA.com.