What happens when NYT reports our shame

  • Aakar Patel, Mint
  • Updated: Oct 23, 2015 16:42 IST
File photo of Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar. (Gurminder Singh /HT photo)

I was going through The New York Times (NYT) on October 18, and there it was on the front page: “Indian writers spurn awards as violence flares”. A long report, with a photograph, on recent happenings in India, accompanied by a second item profiling the writers and their work. It was reported in detail and unambiguously specified where the blame lay.

Within a few hours, as may have been anticipated, there was finally some action. Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah was reported as having summoned or telephoned a few of the more passionate Hindutvawadis—Uttar Pradesh leaders Sangeet Som and Sakshi Maharaj, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Union culture minister Mahesh Sharma—and told them to cool off on the beef issue.

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