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COVID: How the New York Times represents deaths in India v deaths in the US

The New York Times sees itself as the news source of record and always has throughout its 170 year old history. Recently is has been difficult to discern journalism from activism as it supports a strong neo-liberal bias.

As India struggles with the strong rise on Covid cases, the NYT has gone to town with the visuals of funeral pyres – the traditional cremation of Hinduism. While showing corpses is insensitive in itself, its images of American deaths during their peak are entirely sensitive and veiled, no hint of a corpse at all.

Indian PM Narendra Modi is a divisive character in an already divided US. HIs strong Indian policies don’t suit the US economy and other allies and he won’t participate in the current way the politics is conducted in the West. It is therefore possible that the selection of images are against the leader of the world’s largest democracy and not against the most ancient and accepting culture.

Is the New York Times Hinduphobic? See the images below and judge for yourself.

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The New York Times’ ultra-sensitive portrayal of the dead in the USA when the death toll was nearing its peak due to COVID

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[1] As Covid-19 Devastates India, Deaths Go Undercounted
[2] Opinion | ‘Death Is the Only Truth.’ Watching India’s Funeral Pyres Burn.
[3] Your Wednesday Briefing
[4] ‘This Is a Catastrophe.’ In India, Illness Is Everywhere.
[5] ‘We Ran Out of Space’: Bodies Pile Up as N.Y. Struggles to Bury Its Dead (Published 2020)
[6] As U.S. Deaths Surpass 300,000, Obituaries Force Reckoning with Covid
[7] ‘Not Sparing Anyone’: Texas Funeral Homes Can’t Escape Virus
[8] ‘Not Sparing Anyone’: Texas Funeral Homes Can’t Escape Virus

Read:
US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard slams oppression of Hindus in Bangladesh
New York Times Hinduphobic
https://in.news.yahoo.com/new-york-times-slammed-for-blatant-hinduphobic-article-105458235.html

NYT building image: Adam Jones from Kelowna, BC, Canada, CC BY-SA 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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