Times Now dubs Kerala ‘thundery Pakistan’, draws flak

Times Now posted a message saying it regretted the error.

By: Express News Service | Thiruvananthapuram | Published:June 3, 2017 11:42 pm
times now, thundery pakistan, kerala thundery pakistan, times now thundery pakistan, india news Times Now’s Facebook page also witnessed Malayalis jostling to express their rage against the channel.

Faced with a deluge of protest over dubbing Kerala as Thundery Pakistan, prominent English news channel Times Now Saturday regretted the error. However, a campaign seeking apology from the TV channel is still on. Times Now, in its report on BJP national president Amit Shah’s Kerala tour on Friday, said in its headline that “Shah is heading to thundery Pakistan.” “Beef ban row gets bigger”, the channel added, reporting that Shah was visiting Kerala amidst protest over Centre’s ban on sale of cattle for slaughter.

Outraged over calling Kerala “Thundery Pakistan”, social media users began a campaign under various hashtags against the channel. Hashtags such as #ApologiseTimesNow and #apologisetimescow trended on the social media website Twitter. There was also an online petition to the TRAI chairman asking to take action against Times Now. Twitter also called on prominent persons from Kerala to not go on air on Times Now until they apologize for the headline. A Twitter user wrote, “We eat beef and we are not Pakistanis.’’

Times Now’s Facebook page also witnessed Malayalis jostling to express their rage against the channel. A user Jijesh Karayi said, “I am proud of malayali…our language ..food ..rituals ..festivals are very different …it’s times now for apologize …we are Indian not a Pakistani …we love beef fry and poratta…you can’t stop that.’’

As the issue snowballed into a major controversy, Times Now offered a corrigendum saying it regretted the “inadvertent error” that “may have hurt sentiments”.  “Times Now regrets an inadvertent error reported on the channel on June 2, regarding Amit Shah’s visit to Kerala. Instead of Kerala, the word Pakistan was inadvertently typed. Times Now once again regret the error, which may have hurt sentiments,” said the regret message. The channel, however, did not apologise.

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    Joseph
    Jun 4, 2017 at 3:33 pm
    TimesCow channel's errors are not inadvertent but deliberate and full of malice. Its saw called anchors are comedians groomed by the greatest TV comedian, who has floated another cow channel. This channel must be prosecuted for spreading hatred between states and cultures.
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      Anti-bhakt
      Jun 4, 2017 at 10:19 am
      Just wait.. BJP dogs will be wiped out of all souther states. You b@stard saffron chaddi's think you will decide how we all shall act. This shall not happen anymore. Come 2019 and barking dogs of Modi and his co shall be put in their place.
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        Pulimurugan
        Jun 4, 2017 at 9:41 am
        Communists will never condemn any anti national activity. Congress will not condemn, as they fear partner Muslim Leage, which is virtually the owner of Kerala's Malappuram district, could eclipse them from the w state. This is a fact. There has been absolutely no condemnation or atleast advice to the youths of the community by anyone in the organizations named above, to desist from thinking of taking their life to terrorist organizations. Kerala has a 'living' ex Defense Minister ( the 'successful' Defence Minister), who off and on airdash to Kerala to issue statements on BJP's growth in Kerala and to condemn PM Modi's 'inactions'. There is former AICC office bearer, now Opposition leader, Chennithala, who is putting hand always on the shoulder of Muslim Leage leaders, eat Iftar and sleep in Malappuram, to preserve votes for his ambitious project of becoming next CM, is also silent. So is the filmi hero Mammootty, the CPM supporter. So, the proud malayalees are really 'proud' !
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          Jithesh Gopal
          Jun 4, 2017 at 9:17 am
          why just apology? serious sedition charges shud be imposed
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            THATHAMAN
            Jun 4, 2017 at 6:30 am
            NEWS CHANNELS LIKE TIME NOW. ZEE NEWS.NEWSX. INDAI NEWS AND NOW REPUBLI TV CHANALS ARE PRO PJP AND RSS CHANNELS HAS MODI GOVERNMENT BACKING AND FUNDING. These PRESS UTES ANCHORS LIKE ARNAB ARE MODI BHAKTHS. TTHEY ABUSE AND INSULT ANY BODY WHO IS NOT BJP AND RSS. I stopped viewing these HATE SPREADING CHANNALS. CONGRESS PARTY BOYCOTTED MANY OF THEM CORRECTLY THIS RATE THESE PEOPLE UNDER MODI INS UTIONS WILL CREATE MORE KASHMIR LIKE STATES IN INDIA. THESE PEOPLE WILL SELL THEIR SELF RESPECT AND INTEGRITY FOR THESAKE OF RSS IDEOLOGY
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              Pulimurugan
              Jun 4, 2017 at 6:28 am
              There had never been condemnation from the 'proud malayalis' on what is happening from the State and what is impressed globally on Kerala. It is printed in media ' Kerala youth', joined in ISIS. It does not point at any religion. Why not these 'proud' malayalees' condemn the action of such youths? Is it not hurting them? Is it a case of prideness? There used to be highlights of education, unity and blah... blah... Why not condemning this bad mark on Kerala? Does anyone know, how much it is affecting the Keralites within India? Shame on you Malayalees.
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                Nagar Iyer
                Jun 4, 2017 at 6:02 am
                Of course Kerala is a Mini Pak()istan. Why did the channel cowardly regret this? Kerala is not just a Mini Pa()kistan. It is also a confirmed ROGISTAN. Cancer, Heart diseases, Autism, trauma, suicides, farmers' suicides happen the maximum in Kerala. Luckily the population of Kerala is dwind due to low fertility & zero birth rate. In another 50 years, Kerala will become a Hindi speaking state.
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                  Abhishek Benny
                  Jun 4, 2017 at 8:45 am
                  Buddy you need have a reality check.You are so blinded by hate and your brain activity​ has siezed and the things you are saying makes​ no sense.you are comparing Kerala to stan WTF is wrong with you.We are Indians and we are all one.If you don't like a region or community just keep it to yourself don't be an and​ spread hate speech all over the internet.Just grow up.No person or state is 100 perfect take a look around you.Be a sensible man instead of spreading your hate towards others
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                  Hindu
                  Jun 4, 2017 at 5:40 am
                  Saudi and other Gulfs are kicking out all non citizens ( officially every one since they dont give citizenships) to kick start their post oil economy . This will be completed by 2020. All these kerala muslims will come back and change the face of Kerala .
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                    Vivek
                    Jun 4, 2017 at 7:28 pm
                    Do you know that the overwhelming majority of Indians working in the gulf states are not Muslims? But that won't play well with your anti-Muslim rhetoric, will it?
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