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New York Times Calls Yogi Adityanath 'Militant', Faces Backlash On Twitter

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| July 13 , 2017 , 19:50 IST

The New York Times has published an article on the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath calling him the ‘head of militant Hindu temple’.

Ellen Barry, NY Times’s South Asia Bureau Chief and the writer of the article also shared his article on his twitter handle. His post soon caught attention and people started bashing the author for calling Yogi Adityanath the head of militant Hindu temple.

In his article, Barry also called the UP Chief Minister ambitious, rebellious and a radical.

He shared the article “Head of militant Hindu temple ascends India's political ladder” tweeting, “Whether India moves further right & Modi begins to be looked on as a moderate, I think that only time will tell.”

After facing fierce backlash from Twitterati, the editor later changed the headline of the article to “Firebrand Hindu Cleric Ascends India’s Political Ladder.”

The article reads, "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.”

It also added that the "militant" Gorakhnath temple has a history of militancy as Digvijay Nath, the head priest until 1969, was arrested for exhorting Hindu militants to kill Mahatma Gandhi days before he was shot.

Although NY Times has not responded to the huge backlash, Ellen Barry has tried to clarify the use of the word ‘militant’.