The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) should include hymns from ancient Sanskrit scriptures and contemporary bhajans in the BBC One’s over 52 years old “Songs of Praise” program, Hindus have said.
BBC being “a public service broadcaster funded by the licence fee paid by UK households”, including the Hindu households, should have been more responsible and inclusive in “Songs of Praise”, said Hindu statesman Rajan Zed.
He said it was time for “Songs of Praise” to become multi-faith since the UK was a diverse society formed of various religions and denominations and non-believers.
Mr Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, stressed that God liked all songs-of-praise, irrespective of the religion these came from.
Mr Zed asked the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby to intervene in the issue.
He argued that like chapels, churches and cathedrals; “Songs of Praise” programming should also sometimes include Hindu temples and ashrams spread worldwide and broadcast Hindu sermons and prayers.
Hindu hymns, songs and faith stories were also highly inspiring, warm and engaging, Mr Zed added.
He pointed out that BBC, whose "values" included to "celebrate our diversity" should show some maturity on this issue.