JNU violence: I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar slams NYT for report claiming attackers raised ‘Jai Shri Ram’ chants

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New Delhi | January 7, 2020 6:02 PM

In a dig at the newspaper, he said it seems the New York Times consists of the most "ardent bhakts" of Lord Ram as they seem to find him everywhere.

jnu violence, jnu protest, narendra modi, pm modi, prakash javadekar, jawaharlal nehru university, jnu attackThe Union minister’s criticism of the US daily came a day after he hit out at British daily Financial Times for referring to the masked mob that attacked JNU students and teachers as “nationalists”.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday hit out at New York Times for a report in which the leading US daily claimed that the attackers at JNU had raised chants of “Jai Shri Ram”. In a dig at the newspaper, he said it seems the New York Times consists of the most “ardent bhakts” of Lord Ram as they seem to find him everywhere. He also said he was waiting to read the newspaper’s report on last week’s violence at a historic Sikh shrine in Pakistan.

The Union minister’s criticism of the US daily came a day after he hit out at British daily Financial Times for referring to the masked mob that attacked JNU students and teachers as “nationalists”, asking it to stop predicting India’s disintegration at every opportunity. Tagging screenshots of the NYT report, Javadekar said on Twitter, “It seems @nytimes consists of the most ardent bhakts of Lord Ram as they seem to find him everywhere. On a serious note, waiting to read @nytimes ground reporting of the violence and religious persecution from Shri Nankana Sahib. Which slogans did they hear there?”.

In a series of tweets on Monday slamming the British daily, Javadekar had said, “I know it’s a bit too much for you to understand India, but here’s an effort: Stop predicting the breaking apart of India at every possible chance you get. India is a diverse democracy and it has always assimilated all differences to emerge stronger.”

Masked people brandishing hockey sticks and iron rods unleashed mayhem at the university on Sunday, trawling through corridors and breaking into hostels, including those occupied by women, to brutally thrash students and teachers. The Delhi Police registered a case against unidentified people for rioting and damaging property. The case was transferred to its Crime Branch.

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