Hindu Americans oppose ‘negative portrayal’ of Hinduism by CNN

The community voiced against CNN for airing the show 'Believer with Reza Aslan', which allegedly portrays Hinduism in a negative light.

By: PTI | Washington | Updated: March 7, 2017 8:11 am
believer-with-reza-aslan-759 “Believer with Reza Aslan’, a six-episode “spiritual adventures series” by CNN, is being criticised by Hindu-Americans community. (Screengrab/Youtube)

A number of Hindu Americans were up in arms against CNN for airing a show which they alleged portrays Hinduism in a negative light. ‘Believer with Reza Aslan’, a six-episode “spiritual adventures series”, was premiered yesterday. The show explores the facts and myths behind the Aghori, a mystical Hindu sect known for extreme rituals. Eminent Indian American Shalabh Kumar, a top supporter of the US President Donald Trump said, “this is a disgusting attack on Hinduism.”

In a tweet, Kumar said, “Hinduism has been attacked because a large number of Hindu Americans supported Trump during the election campaign.” “I condemn @rezaaslan, CNN for airing Believer with fiction. Disgusting attack on Hindus for supporting @POTUS @stephenkbannon @newtgingrich,” Kumar, also the founder of Republican Hindu Coalition said in a tweet. A host of individuals and organisations joined him against the CNN show.

“When we are witnessing intolerant attacks on minorities, telecasting this serial will add more misrepresentation, bias and may lead more hate crimes,” said Khanderao Kand, a community leader who had initiated efforts to eradicate misrepresentation of Hinduism in California text books in 2004. “With multiple reports of hate-fuelled attacks against people of Indian origin from across the US, the show characterises Hinduism as cannibalistic, which is a bizarre way of looking at the third largest religion in the world,” US India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) said in a statement.

It urged CNN to stop the show from being aired at the night. “We are very disappointed. This is an issue that is of deep concern to the Indian American community evidenced by the large number of calls/emails we have received. In a charged environment, a show like this can create a perception about Indian Americans which could make them more vulnerable to further attacks,” said USINPAC chairman Sanjay Puri.

CNN’s “Believer with Reza Aslan” show promotes xenophobia and Hinduphobia, alleged Ajay Shah of American Hindus Against Defamation.

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  1. J
    Mar 6, 2017 at 1:41 pm
    Why did Hindu Americans support a racist bigot like Trump? lt;br/gt;Because they felt racism against Muslims will be more than racism against Hindus... It's like I will happily lose a limb if it means Muslims loose two...lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Believer doesn't cause racism against Hindus, the person you elected is the reason, so deal with it...lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;And Reza went to genuinely look for spirituality to Aghoris.. what happened next isn't his fault... Also if you are so ashamed of Aghoris, condemn them and ask the govt to ban them....
    1. C
      Mar 6, 2017 at 10:55 am
      It seems to be OK in the Hindu backyard to have negative atudes towards Islam and Christianity, but it hurts them when others are negative of Hinduism. They seem to be sensitive to harmless frivolities when they go abroad not to say they try to forcibly impose Hindu culture wherever they emigrate. Indians tend to have the ghetto mentality as they feel ostracised and targeted. If they feel insecure, they should leave after all nobody asked them to come.
      1. Sanchayan Sarkar
        Mar 12, 2017 at 4:50 am
        Good job rajiv malhotra. However no one defended the aghoris will their beautiful philosophy .
        1. A
          Mar 6, 2017 at 7:55 am
          Hahaha...tolerant bigoted Hindus...
          1. S
            sasi kumar
            Mar 10, 2017 at 6:13 am
            Because we r most affected by their jihadi ideology.. Don't worry, soon u will see their real nature when they reach a significant proportion in your country.. Karma won't spare anyone
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