Pioneer Editor Condemns Wilful Misrepresentation Of Views23 February 2010
Pioneer News Service
New Delhi: Chandan Mitra, Editor of The Pioneer, has condemned the wilful misrepresentation of his views on Jammu and Kashmir by a Kashmiri commentator who, apart from writing an article to this effect in Kashmir Times, raised a question at a BJP Press conference here on Tuesday. The commentator quoted a sentence out of context to distort the substance of Mitra’s weekly column, Cutting-Ed, dated Sunday, February 21. Picking out a sentence that summarised the views of a “small but influential section of public opinion in India” who plead for “flexibility” and “out-of-the-box thinking” by New Delhi on Jammu and Kashmir, the Kashmiri commentator claimed this summary was Mitra’s own view. In reality, Mitra’s article made a strong case for rejecting such subversive suggestions and insisted there could be no compromise on J&K’s status. The publication of the misleading write-up in Kashmir Times and the subsequent attempt to embarrass the BJP by insinuating that the party had taken a U-turn on J&K amounts to wilful mischief, Mitra stated here on Tuesday. A detailed rejoinder by Prof Hari Om of Jammu University, placing Mitra’s article in perspective and pointing out the diabolical motives of separatist sympathisers is published on Page 9 of today’s edition of The Pioneer.