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Friday April 12, 2013 12:24:43 PM, & Agencies



New Delhi: Doordarshan - an Indian public service broadcaster and a division of Prasar Bharati, is receiving flaks from the Muslim community after the telecast of a recipe containing pork meat on its Urdu network.


In the program on DDU Urdu's TV series 'Taste ki Baat Hai', the Doordarshan on Tuesday showed its viewers the recipe containing pork meat and said the food tastes delicious and good after it is cooked.


The program sent shock waves among its viewers who are mostly the Muslims.


"It's ridiculous and intimidating. Any program on TV or another media is designed for the targeted viewers. Since the DD Urdu, is mostly viewed by Muslims, showing a recipe having pork as ingredient is shocking", Athar Shazan of Citizens for Development & Peace (CDP) said while talking to


Pork consumption is prohibited under Islam.


"Its true that DD Urdu is not for the Muslims alone. But it is also true that most of its viewers are Muslims. Hence watching such a program on DD Urdu is painful", Prof Akhatrul Wasey of Jamia Millia Islamia has been quoted as saying in the media.


"This is something that is related to our religious sentiments. The Doordarshan should have shown some kind of responsibility", Prof Wasey who heads the Department of Islamic Studies, said.


Similar feelings are also expressed by others. Prof Sadique, former head of Department of Urdu, Delhi University said that the Doordarshan has acted in irresponsible manner by telecasting the show. "It should have been more careful in selecting its program", he said.


Prof Ali Ahmed Fatmi, former head of Department of Urdu, Allahabad University was also critical of the DD Urdu. "We are liberal in our approach and are in favour of freedom of expression. But, telecasting such a program on DD Urdu is harmful for its reputation", he said.


Though Doordarshan's DD Urdu is very popular among the Muslims, it faces opposition and hurdles are deliberately created to stop it from smooth functioning.  








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