Indian-Americans Hold Peaceful Protest Against CNN Documentary In Chicago

March 27, 2017 12:33
Indian-Americans Hold Peaceful Protest Against CNN Documentary In Chicago

A large number of Indian Americans have turned up for a peaceful protest at the CNN Office in downtown Chicago.

The protest was laid against a documentary aired by CNN, which portrayed Hinduism in a negative light.

An eminent Indian-American from Chicago area, Bharat Barai, said. “This is not what Hinduism is all about.”

Several Hindu American groups from across the country have turned up for the protest rally, against the CNN.

The CNN documentary on Hinduism, showed practices of five Aghori Babas, alleged Barai.

The documentary, aired on March 5, was produced by Special Reporter Reza Aslan.

Hindu-American individuals from New York, Washington, Houston, Atlanta, San Francisco and Los Angeles, have participated in the protest.

This was the largest protest so far, says sources.

A protest letter distributed on the occasion, stated that was the reporter’s picture of Hinduism shown to the world on CNN.

Barai further said, the mutilated practices of the five Aghori individuals have nothing to do with Hinduism.

“They are not part of any Hindu scriptures or Hindu teachings,” added Barai.

An Indian-American professor of Media studies at the University of San Francisco, Vamsee Juluri, called the documentary as, “reckless, racist and dangerously anti-immigrant”.

“Despite having had immigrants in America for so many decades now, a major news channel like CNN still cannot do better, than the old Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom sort of story when it comes to India”, said Vamsee.

“It is one saddening reality” added the Professor.

Chandrasekhar Wagh, from the Coalition Against Hinduphobia, said “the reporter, Reza Aslan, seems to have gone to India, only to confirm his  Orientalist biases.”

Aslan, further, on social Networking site, Facebook stated that his documentary is not about Hinduism, but about Aghori, a symbolic Hindu sector, known for extreme rituals.

There are people who are offended by the documentary episode, said Aslan.

Caste discrimination and such related issues, have always remained a touchy subject for many Hindus in America.

By Supraja

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