The Indian community in Australia has requested an apology from The West Australian for referring to India as a “hell” in a recent article titled “Ban on trips from Indian hell.”
The group is “disappointed with the style of journalism that is devoid of integrity and humanity,” according to a letter written by the President of the Indian Society of Western Australia (ISWA), a peak body that represents more than 80 Indian origin associations with 30,000 members.
The published post, according to ISWA President Supriya Guha, is “full of sensational and biased language – portraying India and “Indians” in the most derogatory and discriminatory manner.”
Many members of the Indian community have recently expressed their reservations about the coverage of events in foreign media that could lead to bigotry and Hinduphobia.
At a time when the diaspora is concerned about the safety of their loved ones in India, prominent members of the Indian diaspora in Australia have also tweeted against the West Australian’s coverage.
The Indian diaspora in Australia is aware of the gravity of the situation in India and has asked all local newspapers to show compassion to a nation that went out of its way to help 95 countries receive the COVID vaccine promptly.
Even the World Health Organization (WHO) has cautioned the media not to leap to conclusions about a new coronavirus strain identified in India, stating that it has not yet been listed as dangerous.
The British coronavirus variant may have affected India’s epidemiological situation, according to WHO.
The WHO has listed the British, South African, and Brazilian Covid-19 variants as “variants of concern.”