A note of protest to Aditya Sinha, editor, DNA
To: asinha at dnaindia dot net
I have long been a fan of your column, tweets and have admired The New Indian Express and DNA under your editorship. I am, however, saddened to se that you chose to publish Subramanian Swamy’s column that is Islamophobic in the extreme, presumes the people behind the Mumbai blasts were Muslims without evidence, and in hardly veiled terms calls for violence against Muslims.
It is not simply a point of view once can publish even if one disagrees with. I write to lodge my protest with you that publishing views like these is NOT okay. A column like this may get you paper some attention, your website some hits but it takes away a lot more in terms of your paper’s credibility.
Publishing views like these only leads to more hate in society, and more excuses to bigots to place bombs in market places. Such are the views that the “Indian Mujahideen” (whoever they are) cite in their long emails (when they send those) as justification of their acts. For contributing to an environment of hate, retribution, communal disharmony and violence, once cannot be grateful to your newspaper. Rather than break the cycle of hate, you are helping fuel it. This cannot be justified in the name of diversity of opinion.
I urge your newspaper to apologise for publishing such bigoted views.