New York Times Calls Pulwama Terror Attack an ‘Explosion’, Indians Lash out at NewspaperTop Stories

March 12, 2019 18:38
New York Times Calls Pulwama Terror Attack an ‘Explosion’, Indians Lash out at Newspaper

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The New York Times is facing backlash for calling Pulwama terror attack as ‘an explosion’ in one of their articles.

With an headline ‘In India’s Election Season, an Explosion Interrupts Modi’s Slump’, authored by Jeffrey Gettleman, Vindu Goel and Maria Abi-Habib, The New York Times article argues how the 14 February Pulwama terror attack came at a time when questions related to rising unemployment, agrarian crisis and a slow economic were making the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party vulnerable ahead of Lok Sabha election 2019.

However, Twitter users in India outraged over the fact that the leading daily in the United States termed the 14 February attack, which killed over 40 Central Reserve Police Force jawans, as a bombing.

The article notes: "The fact that India’s airstrikes probably missed their targets, and that a fighter jet was shot down by Pakistan, doesn’t seem to matter to most Indians. Their country was hit, and Mr. Modi hit back."

Here Are Some of the Reactions

The story's headline has since changed: "In India's Election Season, a Bombing Interrupts Modi's Slump".

The Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the bombing in Pulwama. Within two weeks of the terrorist attack, Indian Mirage 2000 fighters struck a Jaish training camp in Pakistan.

The counterterrorism operation was described by India's Ministry of External Affairs as a pre-emptive strike, but it was widely seen as retaliation for the bombing on February 14.

The mastermind of the terror attack was killed in an encounter in south Kashmir's Tral area, officials said on Monday. Jaish terrorist Mudassir Ahmed Khan was one of the two militants killed in the encounter in Tral's Pinglish area that started Sunday evening and went on till the early hours of Monday, they said.

-Sowmya Sangam

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