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NYT job description for South Asia Business Correspondent triggers outrage

Many prominent users, including the government of India's advisor Kanchan Gupta, took to Twitter to slam the NYT over the job posting, which, they claimed, sought candidates who are 'anti-Modi' and 'anti-Hindu'.

NYT job description for South Asia Business Correspondent triggers outrage-VPN
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New Delhi, First Published Jul 2, 2021, 10:38 PM IST
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The credibility of the New York Times came under intense scrutiny on Friday after requirements for the post of South Asia Business Correspondent in New Delhi stoked controversy on social media.

Many prominent users, including the government of India's advisor Kanchan Gupta, took to Twitter to slam the NYT over the job posting, which, they claimed, sought candidates who are 'anti-Modi' and 'anti-Hindu'.

The NYT job posting on its website and its described Prime Minister Narendra Modi as one who advocates "self-sufficient, muscular nationalism, centred on the country's Hindu majority".

The posting also noted that the government's efforts to police online speech "have raised difficult questions about balancing issues of security and privacy with free speech."

Several social media users questioned the need for the NYT to include such sweeping remarks in a job description. They claimed that the remarks pointed out that NYT is looking to hire journalists with a clear ideological bent and those who would openly bring in a strong element of anti-Hindu bias in their coverage.

Other critical remarks in the job profile included a ridiculous claim about the border tension between India and China being a 'drama', and an assertion that India was a "melting pot of people and languages grappling with difficult questions of class and wealth disparity".

The NYT had found itself in the firing line last month when it got standup comedian Kunal Kamra to give a serious commentary on Prime Minister Modi's handling of the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Using the NYT 'Opinion' platform, Kamra claimed that the government had blood on its hands.

Targeting an "overconfident Prime Minister Narendra Modi", Kamra claimed that "the administration put political vanity before common sense and opened the door to a devastating resurgence of coronavirus infections."

The comedian's remarks triggered a backlash on social media, with many questioning NYT's credibility and Kamra's ability to comment on the country's leadership at an international forum.

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