Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Chikermane dodged alternative views

[Tweets Gautam Chikermane  @gchikermane The book, The Many Lives of Sri Aurobindo, is the best biography of the freedom fighter turned spiritual leader. Most haven't read the book. The book has been banned on the advice of Orissa DG Intelligence - he hasn't read the book. Is India going to end up being the place from where all free speech, intellectuals, ideas will be banished? After Salman Rushdie and MF Husain, the fundamentalists have turned their guns on Peter Heehs, an ashramite serving in India for 41 years. As one who has read the book (The Lives of Sri Aurobindo), I can say that it's unlikely ever to be surpassed: Ram Guha 9:13 AM - 3 Apr 12 Real issue: India - country of Gita, Vedas, Upanishadas - cannot tolerate truth or alternative points of view. Heehs is latest victim. 12:19 PM - 4 Apr 12 @RupaSubramanya Peter Heehs is an issue of religious fundamentalism, not security as claimed. His visa denial is a shame. 11:08 AM - 4 Apr 12]

We are thankful to Chikermane for highlighting this issue in the national media but would like to mention the complains too. He accuses the DG of not having read the book, but he himself doesn’t know the correct title, and apparently hasn’t read it and quotes Guha. He is justifiably concerned about the alternative points of view, whereas he has never bothered to incorporate the same about the book in his various reports published in the HT. This is certainly not in consonance with journalistic ethics, and hence, he should take lessons from the NDTV video. [TNM]  

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