Six Times Western Media Made Sweeping Generalisations About India

Written By Saniya Rao | Mumbai | Published:
Western Media has often been one-eyed when it comes to its representation about India. Here are six instances where stories were cherrypicked to show India in a dim light.
The Guardian on India's family planning

In June 2017, The Guardian published an article titled, “Indian soap tackles taboos to become one of world's most watched” where it claimed a lack of knowledge and awareness among Indians over condoms and contraceptives.

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Poor Indians eat UN solar panels - The Australian

A cartoon released by The Australian newspaper in December 2016, caused a downpour of criticism on Twitter as it showed poor and thin Indians being forced to eat solar panels that were provided by the United Nations “with a bit of mango chutney”.

Source: @australian on Twitter


New York Times on Lata Mangeshkar

Back in 2016, the New York Times released an article titled “Mumbai Police Ask for Video Mocking Celebrities to Be Deleted.”  While the report focuses on the Tanmay Bhat controversy and refers to Sachin Tendulkar as a hugely popular cricketer, it called  India's melody queen Bharat Ratna winner Lata Mangeshkar a "...so-called playback singer..."

The post created a buzz on social media but not for the right reasons.

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BCC on India's education system

In 2016, the BBC released a list of “Five bizarre 'lessons' in Indian textbooks.”  The list focuses on five “facts” which the news house claims to have found in textbooks around the country.

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BBC's take on India and Cows

In October 2015, a BBC article titled “Why the humble cow is India's most polarising animal” said the following in its very first paragraphs - 

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NYT publishes cartoon's degrading India's achievements

During deliberations over the Paris Climate Agreement, the New York Times published a cartoon which showed India as the elephant blocking the track of a train marked 'Paris Climate Summit', at a time when India and other nations planned on rethinking the Green Climate Fund.

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The New York Times had previously mocked ISRO's ‘Mangalyaan’ mission. 

Source: dailymail.co.uk/

The publication later issued an apology for the comic and it is no longer available on the NYT website.