Apologise for calling Hindu festival “filthy”, BBC told

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) should apologise for labelling Hindu festival of Holi as “filthy festival”, a Hindu leader has said.

BBC News website posted a short video on 29th March 2012 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”.

Terming the “festival of color” celebrated by Hindus and others worldwide as “filthy” was very insensitive and belittling of the entire community, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, said in a statement.
Mr. 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. The apology should be published on BBC website, he said.

Mr. Zed said that it was highly “disrespectful” for the BBC to describe a religious festival as “filthy”. He pointed out that under its values, BBC claimed that they respect and celebrate diversity.
Joie de vivre festival of Holi welcomes the beginning of spring and starts about ten days before the full moon of Phalguna.

The ceremonies include the lighting of the bonfires, during which all evils are symbolically burnt. Holi also commemorates the frolics of youthful Lord Krishna; celebrates the death of demoness Putana, burning of demoness Holika, and destruction of Kama by Shiva. Holi fell on 8th March this year.

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