Nevada, Mar 30 (IBNS) A US based Hindu group has criticized British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) for labeling Hindu festival of Holi as "filthy festival".
BBC News website posted a short video on March 29 under its "week's weird videos" in "Newsbeat's odd box" showing youth playing Holi in Utah (USA) and titled the segment as "Filthy festival".
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) on Friday, said that terming the "festival of color" celebrated by Hindus and others worldwide as "filthy" was very insensitive and belittling of the entire community.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, stated that BBC Director-General Mark Thompson and Trustees Chairman Lord Patten of Barnes should immediately apologize for this inappropriate terminology and hurting the feelings of one billion Hindus and publish it on BBC website.
Founded in 1922, headquartered in Westminster London, and established under the Royal Charter; world's largest broadcaster BBC (autonomous public service broadcaster) has been blamed in the past for racism, imperialist stance, Indophobic bias, anti-Hindu bigotry, anti-American bias, etc. Helen Boaden is Director of BBC News and Diane Coyle is Trustees Vice Chairman.