I&B Min for sensitive handling of Kumbh Mela by TV channels
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Last Updated: Thursday, January 07, 2010, 23:13
New Delhi: With the Maha Kumbh Mela scheduled for later this month at Hardwar, the Ministry for Information and Broadcasting would be issuing an advisory to all television channels, asking them to portray "Naga Sadhus" sensitively.

According to ministry sources, the advisory would be issued to television channels later this week with an aim of cautioning them to be sensitive while filming or portraying Naga Sadhus, who participate actively in the three month-long religious ritual.

A ministry official today said with the advent of TV channels, the coverage of the Mela has increased manifold and especially in terms of photo opportunity, Naga Sadhus (who are barely clad) make for unique visuals for photojournalists and camera persons.

However, they tend to go overboard while filming them during the holy baths in the festival, thus portraying them in poor light.

The ministry's advisory therefore would caution television channels to be more sensitive while covering the event, the official said.


First Published: Thursday, January 07, 2010, 23:13

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