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NY Times calls Yogi a ‘head of militant Hindu temple’

“As leader of a temple known for its militant Hindu supremacist tradition, he built an army of youths intent on avenging historic wrongs by Muslims, whom he has called “a crop of two-legged animals that has to be stopped,” the article said.

NEW DELHI: International media publication The New York Times on Thursday faced backlash after it called Uttar Pradesh Chief Yogi Adityanath as the head of a “militant” Hindu temple.

Ellen Barry, the bureau chief of New York Times’ South Asia has written an article on Adityanath with headline that reads – “Head of militant Hindu temple ascends India’s political ladder”.

However, after facing backlash from Twitterati, the headline was changed to ‘Firebrand Hindu Cleric Ascends India’s Political Ladder’.

“A Hindu warrior-priest has been chosen to rule India’s most populous state,” reads the first line of the article.

“As leader of a temple known for its militant Hindu supremacist tradition, he built an army of youths intent on avenging historic wrongs by Muslims, whom he has called “a crop of two-legged animals that has to be stopped,” the article said.

The article also said that the “Gorakhnath Temple had a tradition of militancy: Digvijay Nath, the head priest until 1969, was arrested for exhorting Hindu militants to kill Mahatma Gandhi days before he was shot.”

Many Twitter user blasted New York Times for calling the CM- the “head of militant Hindu temple” and pointed out the word “militant” was an incorrect word for UP CM.