Ganges sounds like a disease – Fox News Channel criticizes the holy river Ganges

“Ganges sounds like a disease” – “one big river they have there, that sounds like a disease. Come on it does. I mean if somebody said, I am sorry, you have a really bad case of Ganges.” This was the comment made by Fox News Channels Glenn Beck, talking about India in December 2009. He criticized the holy river of Hindus, Ganges, in his opinion show “The One Thing”. Hindus in America and other religious sections of United States of America are protesting against the Fox New Channel for its remarks on the holy river.

Punjab News Online reports:

Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) on Saturday, said that Ganges was sacred to one billion Hindus worldwide and such remarks were very hurtful to the devotees. Besides apparently denigrating the religion, it was belittling the entire community.

Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged Fox and its owner News Corporation to be more sensitive when handling faith related subjects, as television was a forceful medium. He asked News Corporation Chairman Rupert Murdoch, Fox Chairman Roger Ailes and Glenn Beck to issue a statement on this matter.

Hinduism was the oldest and third largest religion of the world with a rich philosophical thought and it should not be taken lightly. No faith, larger or smaller, should be ridiculed at, Rajan Zed pointed out.

Meanwhile Bhavna Shinde of Forum for Hindu Awakening, in a communiqué to News Corporation and Fox News, protested the insensitivity of frivolous and derogatory reference to the holy river, and urged greater sensitivity to faith sentiments. She has also reportedly sent a communiqué to Federal Communications Commission on this issue.

It is believed that bath in the sacred Ganges purifies one of all sin, and its water if taken daily confers immortality. It finds mention in Rig-Veda; the oldest scripture of the world still in common use, dated from around 1,500 BCE. Kumbh Mela, starting next month, will see an expected influx of about 100 million people from world over coming to take a dip in Ganges.

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11 Comments

  1. Madav says:

    Fox News is a white trash media company and is also hated by many Americans, which we all know about it. As Indians it is obvious that we get angry when a foriegn media company comments us but again as the same Indians we should feel ashamed of the way our ministry of health and environmental agencies are protecting our holy Ganges. Don’t you guys think that there is lot to do to protect the Ganges from pollution and make sure its water remains pure.

    Question to Indian Authorities. Yes, our holy Ganges is Sacred but is it pure???

  2. Rahul says:

    Ganges sounds like a disease ? It is a disease.

    We keep dumping chemical & industrial wastes , sewage , human excrement , human and animal corpses . The pollution level of so-called holy Ganges has reached septic levels.

    This holiness and divinity of the river is all imaginary. But river pollution and the disease it causes is Real.

  3. Sanjay says:

    Glen Beck is an ex (?) alcoholic retard. He once said that he wouldn’t take himself seriously.

    Forget him. He is just a stooge performing his rabid act on Fox News (??) for his masters.

  4. Tom says:

    Glen needs a mental treatment in order to understand the values and respect. He must have come from the family where everyone must have some sort of mental DISEASE. He should go to the bank of holy river ganga in order to get rid of this kind of problems.
    May holy ganga give him some sense though he is an idiot.

  5. Vamsi says:

    oops ! … i agree with Jesus in the above comment … please call this river as GANGA … and not Ganges.

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  6. Vamsi says:

    i think glenn beck is sick … he needs to purify himself by doing three dubkis in the sacred river ganges …

    vamsikarra.wordpress.com

  7. Jesus says:

    Never thought about it that way. It is an interesting view point. But now, to think of it, one can say “I am sorry, Glenn Beck really has a bad case ‘xxxxx’ – A terminally debilitating disease that cripples humans mentally and morally”! The disease called ‘xxxxx’ has no medical cure, but studies suggest that it can be treated with carefully washing him regularly with ‘Ganges’ !!

  8. sunil says:

    Glenn, don’t consider our peace and excusing attitude as innocence. Just shut your mouth when you asked about Hinduism or….

  9. suraj says:

    i will kill that stupid.I seek help from others please help in getting his e-mail or phone number. Ganga is our holy and divine river.All the Hindus around the world bow down in front of it. And this bloody idiot insults it.

  10. kharbindersingh says:

    It is true that Ganges sounds like a disease. The Indians should stop calling river “Ganga” as Ganges in English. Certainly “Ganga” does not sounds as a disease. The river should be refered as Ganga; not as Ganges.

  11. Peter Jasmine says:

    Its really a shameful incident on Glenn Beck’s part. You should realize the growing popularity of Hinduism in united states of America. Ganges is the holy river along the banks of which maha kumbh mela and holy dips or spiritual bath are held.