Due to the pressure of work, several mistakes have crept into our copy of late. We have a clear and transparent policy of promptly correcting errors as soon as these are pointed out to us. We carry some of these corrections below:
In a report dated September 5, we said that six people were killed and scores injured as Israeli security forces opened fire on thousands of stone-throwing young men in Palestine. The report was actually about Indian security forces battling demonstrators in Kashmir. We apologise to our Israeli readers for the goof-up.
A report dated September 6 had a quote from the defence minister saying that he was in favour of revising the Armed Forces Special Powers Act in J&K. The minister has denied that he made any such statement. He says he did tell the reporter that the AFSPA should be reviewed, but by AFSPA he meant Armed Forces Salaries, Pensions and Allowances and not the Armed Forces Special Powers Act. We regret the misunderstanding caused by our reporter’s lack of knowledge.
On September 7, our business pages carried a graph showing the rise in the sensex, the bellwether stock market index, over the past two months. We have now realised that the chart was actually a graph of the number of people killed and injured in police firing in Kashmir. The chartist has since been transferred to Srinagar.
On September 8, in an article on the adventure-based TV reality show Khatron Ke Khiladi, we inexplicably carried a picture of Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, instead of a photograph of Priyanka Chopra. We apologise for any confusion caused by our error.
Our lead article on September 9 said that the government of India has decided to unconditionally apologise for the lies, obfuscation, extra-judicial killings, tortures, rapes, midnight knocks, kidnappings and the indignities heaped upon the Kashmiri people in the last few decades, with a view to try and bridge the trust-deficit between the government and the people of Kashmir. We have now been told that the government has made no such commitment and investigations have revealed that our reporter had been smoking extra-judicial substances while concocting the story. We apologise profusely for the article. The reporter has since joined the ranks of Kashmir’s missing people.
The quote ‘I can see some light at the end of the tunnel. By Azadi, the Kashmiri leaders may not mean total independence’ was wrongly attributed to a minister in the Manmohan Singh Cabinet in an article dated September 13. The remark was actually made by former Prime Minister Narasimha Rao in May 1995 in the Rajya Sabha. We are sorry for the mix-up in dates and attribution.
Our report dated September 12 said that a rumour about the Koran being burnt in America, which was broadcast by an Iranian TV channel, had sparked widespread rioting in Iran. This is incorrect. The Iranian broadcast had actually led to widespread rioting in Kashmir.
A BJP leader has taken objection to his quote that Omar Abdullah was boozing while Kashmir was burning. He claims that he had said Omar was snoozing and not boozing. Our reporter says sorry and claims it was a Freudian slip caused by prolonged abstinence.
The heading of yesterday’s editorial Kashmir: A Time to Bleed, A Time to Perspire should actually have been Kashmir: A Time to Lead, A Time to Inspire. We apologise for the typos.
Manas Chakravarty is Consulting Editor, Mint The views expressed by the author are personal