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Our Successesful Campaigns June 10, 2003: Tribune publish explanation on the "Indian Cannibal" Story  

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Tampa Tribune publish report on 'Indian Cannibal'

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On June 2, 2003, The Tampa Tribune published
a story about India's Aghori "cannibalism". This story was presented in such a way that innocent reader would believe that the missing western tourists in India are possibly victims of the "Indian Cannibalism" which, according to this report, is a part of Indian culture. Thus, the westerns tourists in India may be kidnapped, sacrificed and eaten by Aghoris. In our view, this report was projecting Indian culture as belonging to the stone-age cannibals. (especially for those American readers that do not know much about India or Indians). For more details read: Western Tourists and Indian Culture of "Cannibalism"?

IndiaCause strongly objected to this story with TBO/Tampa Tribune Management. Tampa Tribune refused to give any explanation for this blunder. InaidCause appealed to the members to write to the Management. After our appeal, Tampa Tribune received tons of emails. Your emails made a BIG DIFFERENCE!!!

Kathleen Williams, Senior Editor at Tampa tribune personally replied to all emails they received. Also they published a full page explanation about this story on their website. This is one more successful show of ‘Power of Unity on the Web’ achieved by IndiaCause.

Initial appeal was listed on IndiaCause.com website on June 3, 2003 (and sent to members on June 6)
Western Tourists and Indian Culture of "Cannibalism"?

Explanation by Tampa Tribune on June 9, 2003:
Tribune Editors Explain Use Of Cannibal Story


(Some important statements form the report are listed below)

Published: Jun 9, 2003

On June 2, The Tampa Tribune published a story ``Voyage Into Madness'' that examined a Winter Haven man's pursuit of an American who was involved in an obscure sect in India that practiced cannibalism.

The story sparked anger from readers, mainly Indian-Americans and Hindus in the Tampa Bay area, who felt the article unfairly tarnished Hinduism.
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Hindus Known For Nonviolence

The Tribune received a number of e-mails from concerned readers who took offense at the article, saying it defamed the Hindu religion, and they questioned its timing and play.

They felt the story could contribute to prejudice against Indians and Hindus. They objected to part of the article in which Yon wondered if tourists who had allegedly disappeared in parts of India had become victims of sacrifice.
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Context Needed

The story did not attempt to identify how many Aghoris there were, and how that compared with the total Hindu population of India, Williams said. That context should have been prominently reported.

In subsequent checking, the Tribune found that no official figures exist, Williams said. According to the Religion and Ethics Department of St. Martin's College in Lancaster, England, in the 19th century, there were between 200 and 300 Aghoris, ``a number that has likely declined.''

The Tribune is very aware of cultural and religious sensitivities, Williams added.
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The Tribune meant no disrespect of the Hindu religion or of the Tampa Bay Indian community.

In an e-mail response to reader Kiran Patel, Tribune Deputy Managing Editor Lawrence Fletcher wrote the newspaper's intent was not to insult anyone nor cast mainstream Hinduism in an unflattering light.
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