March 5, 2017 4:50:55 pm
India is known as the land of mystics and mysticism for sure, but take a wrong step in describing the wonders of our iconic cities – especially one that is hailed as a holy land, and you will land yourself in a soup. And that is exactly what happened when an American channel tweeted out a teaser for its new show called Believer, a six-part series anchored by religious scholar and spiritually curious Reza Aslan.
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The new show is meant to be a “spiritual adventure series, renowned author and religious scholar Reza Aslan immerses himself in the world’s most fascinating faith-based groups to experience life as a true believer”, according to the CNN website.
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All this sounds extremely fascinating and great, but the channel faced a huge backlash after it tweeted out the teaser with the caption: “It’s known as the city of the dead. @rezaaslan takes you inside on the new CNN series #Believer. Starts Sunday at 10p ET. @CNNOriginals”.
— CNN (@CNN) March 4, 2017
The tweet, and more specifically the phrase ‘City of the Dead’, immediately faced a lot of backlash from Indians – spanning across industries and strata. From politicians and authors to historians, many came forward to say that Varanasi is far from being the City of the Dead, and even asked the channel as well as Aslan to apologise for the folly.
Here are some of the reactions:
— shilpi tewari (@shilpitewari) March 4, 2017
@CNN I’ve never heard any of my friends from Varanasi describe the city like this. I also lived there for some time and it was pretty lively
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— Sankrant Sanu ???? (@sankrant) March 4, 2017
— Abhishek Mishra (@Abhishek_Mshra) March 5, 2017
— Divya Singh???? (@Divyasingh04) March 5, 2017
— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) March 5, 2017
— Rajiv Malhotra (@RajivMessage) March 4, 2017
— Yashwant Deshmukh (@YRDeshmukh) March 4, 2017
— Amish Tripathi (@authoramish) March 5, 2017
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