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Girisha’s success is praiseworthy but the media’s bias is absurd

india Updated: Sep 21, 2012 21:52 IST
Hindustan Times

Girisha’s success is praiseworthy but the media’s bias is absurd

With reference to Namita Bhandare’s article Do you know Hosanagara? (Another Day, September 15), we should be proud of Hosanagara Nagaraje Gowda Girisha’s success at the recently-concluded Paralympics. Many able-bodied people can’t achieve what Girisha has accomplished despite a disability. However, I wish to highlight a mistake for which I hold the media responsible. When Yuvraj Singh returned to the field after successfully battling cancer, the media covered it extensively. But it did not give enough attention to Girisha and his success in London. Is there any justification for this discrimination?
Manish Nainwal, via email

I congratulate Bhandare for informing millions of people about Girisha through her article. Till recently,
only a few people knew about Girisha, who has not only surprised the country with his success at the Paralympics but has also become an inspiration for many other disabled people. We sincerely hope Girisha wins a gold medal in the 2016 Paralympics and makes his family and the nation even more proud of him.
Ramesh Sinha, via email

Don’t widen the Islam-West divide

With reference to Farrukh Dhondy’s article In the shadow of fear (Moving Finger, September 15), the West is misusing free speech to spread hatred against Islam and Prophet Mohammad. For Muslims, the Prophet stands for truth and righteousness. Therefore, the West’s attempts of ridiculing the Prophet haven’t gone down well with many Muslims, who rightly believe that the western world is crossing the line. I appeal to all heads of State, commentators, policy-makers, authors and movie-makers to stop widening the rift between the Muslim world and the West.
Javed Iqbal, Delhi

First Published: Sep 21, 2012 21:51 IST