CNN Reporter consume human brain!
CNN has presented a vicious anti-Hindu documentary that paints Hindus as cannibals or human flesh eaters and worse. This documentary is a part of a new series started by a TV presenter and religious scholar, Reza Aslan, who is an American-Muslim.
Aslan has shown himself eating human brain while filming with an extremist Hindu sect called as the Aghoris. Many Indian and Indian-American groups say that while the documentary focuses on the Aghori group, which are no more than a few hundred members, it paints the entire community of Hindus, who are over one billion in number, in the worst possible terms.
The allegations are that Aslan is Hinduphobic and has pandered to the worst anti-Hindu instincts of many in the West. The episode comes in the wake of many attacks against Indian Americans in the United States recently. One Indian engineer was shot dead in a bar in Kansas City in what was seen as a racist attack.
In the documentary, Aslan meets a group of Aghoris at the Hindu holy city of Varanasi. They smear his face in cremated human ashes and make him drink alcohol from a human skull.
They also feed him human brain, while threatening to decapitate him for being too talkative! The program was as weird as it could get and it seems that was the whole intention – to make Hindus come across as weird and strange.
Aslan introduced the program by writing on Facebook: “Want to know what a dead guy’s brain tastes like? Charcoal. It was burnt to a crisp!”
The program ended with an Aghori member throwing his excreta at Aslan and the rest of the TV crew, making them run away. Aslan does say that the Aghori does not represent the one billion Hindus of India, but that is said as an afterthought, as though he does not really believe it.
The US-India Political Action Committee has reacted very strongly to the program. They released a statement: “With multiple reports of hate-fuelled attacks against people of Indian origin from across the US, the show characterises Hinduism as cannibalistic, which is a bizarre way of looking at the third largest religion in the world.
“In a charged environment, a show like this can create a perception about Indian Americans which could make them more vulnerable to further attacks,” the organization added.
Tulsi Gabbard, who is an American Congresswoman who follows Hinduism said that she was highly disturbed by the program. She tweeted: “CNN is using its power and influence to increase people’s misunderstanding and fear of Hinduism. Aslan apparently sought to find sensationalist and absurd ways to portray Hinduism.
“Aslan and CNN didn’t just throw a harsh light on a sect of wandering ascetics to create shocking visuals – as if touring a zoo – but repeated false stereotypes about caste, karma and reincarnation that Hindus have been combatting tirelessly,” Congresswoman Gabbard added.
Aslan has sought to defend himself by saying, “Despite all this, I know that there are still those who are offended by the episode, especially when it comes to its treatment of such issues as caste discrimination, which remains a touchy subject for many Hindus in America.”
Author: Raghav Hegde – India