Bengaluru, Mar 18: Underscoring the good work done by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on issues related with Sri Lanka and China, N. Ram, former Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu, on Tuesday, said that Modi's stance on some "core issues" reflects intolerance and stands against the very idea of India.
Ram was speaking at the inaugural session of the two-day international conference on ‘Muslims, Media and Democracy - Prospects and Challenges' at the Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) in Hyderabad.
He said that the Modi has failed to address some core issues like secularism, policy towards minorities, Article 370, on banning beef-eating, and added that he does not respect the cultures of others.
Speaking on issues related to women, he said that there is a need for the Muslim community to introspect on issues such as gender equality and women's education.
Admitting that an impression had gained ground that there was stereotyping of the Muslim community, he called for deeper analysis of profiling of Muslims and issues connected with them by the media.
Ram also said that few studies that have been done in the aftermath Babri Masjid demolition and biased role played by a section of the media then.
Speaking at the event, Rajdeep Sardesai, consulting editor at the India Today group, said that the television channels are more worried about increasing their TRP and in the process end up amalgamating negative views of groups of people including Muslims.