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NY Times faces backlash for calling UP CM Yogi Adityanath 'Militant sect, Hindu warrior'

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 13 July 2017, 16:11 IST
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Renowned international media publication The New York Times on 13 July faced backlash for calling Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath as the head of a "militant" Hindu temple in an article.

Ellen Barry, the bureau chief of New York Times' South Asia, has written an article with the header, "Head of militant Hindu temple ascends India's political ladder". The article was shared on Twitter.

However, after facing a lot of flak on the article, the header later was changed to 'Firebrand Hindu Cleric Ascends India’s Political Ladder'.

"A Hindu warrior-priest has been chosen to rule India’s most populous state," reads the first line of the article.

"As leader of a temple known for its militant Hindu supremacist tradition, he built an army of youths intent on avenging historic wrongs by Muslims, whom he has called “a crop of two-legged animals that has to be stopped," the article said.

The article also said that the "Gorakhnath Temple had a tradition of militancy: Digvijay Nath, the head priest until 1969, was arrested for exhorting Hindu militants to kill Mahatma Gandhi days before he was shot."

Many Twitter users pointed the word “militant” an incorrect word for UP CM.

Here are some angry reactions on Twitter.

First published: 13 July 2017, 16:11 IST
 
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