The Great Joke that is Indian Media – Part XIV
…or how some news is best left out of the main pages. Courtesy Ashok-ji, my attention was drawn to this brief news-item about a Dutch missionary who was asked to leave Jammu & Kashmir within weeks – just after his visa was renewed for four years. Read on:
A Dutch missionary of the Institute Mill Hill working in the Kashmir region of India has been asked by authorities to leave the country by the end of July.
His expulsion came as a surprise since the government had just renewed his visa until 2014.
But a coworker, Predhuman Joseph Dhar, contends that Father Jim Borst is being expelled because of jealously that his educational institutes are too successful.
Some believe that the motive may be more than just “jealousy”…
Some Muslim groups have accused him of using the school as a cover for converting people.
Bishop Elampassery said the conversion charge is “baseless.”
Father Borst has been “very careful” about his actions “after he was threatened with a similar order in 2004,” the Capuchin prelate said.
Image Courtesy: UCA News.com
As Ashok-ji pointed out, “If this had happened in a BJP ruled state, the tone would have been one of hysteria. And allegations against Hinduism would have peppered the article in no small measure….this item would have been in the English mainstream as a lead item, with Father Jim being made into a hero.”
Of course, this is Jammu & Kashmir. Not much chance of anything like that happening. Forget “lead item“, I would be surprised if the story even makes it into a print edition. Jai Ho “Kashmiriyat”.