International Media’s Take On Yogi Adityanath’s Appointment

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Lucknow: Since the appointment of the controversial Yogi Adityanath as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, the twitter had already divided itself into two sections. While one section supported Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s choice, the others have trolled the decision comparing Yogi to actor Vin Diesel for having similarity in both their appearances. The national and regional papers made their headlines based on their editorial policies. What about the international market?

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The following international media reports have been put forward to see how they have analyzed this choice:

  • New York Times (US)
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The New York Times carried the headline as “Firebrand Hindu Cleric Yogi Adityanath Picked As Uttar Pradesh Minister”. The report read as “The choice of Yogi Adityanath — who has been repeatedly accused of stirring anti-Muslim sentiments — to lead Uttar Pradesh, came as a shock to many political observers here, who have become accustomed to the carefully moderated public positions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in line with his projected image as a pro-development leader and global statesman,” read the NYT report. It also mentioned that Yogi Adityanath had openly called for making India a Hindu nation.

  • Al-Jazeera (Qatar)

The Al-Jazeera report, while calling him a firebrand in the headline, highlighted his alleged anti-Muslim stand.  It also mentioned the time when Yogi Adityanath lauded US President Donald Trump’s decision to impose travel-ban on some Muslim-majority countries. “He has also supported strong laws for cow protection, and said minority groups that oppose yoga should either leave the country or drown themselves in the sea,” stated the report.

  • British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) – UK

The BBC news report focused on the criticism surrounding Yogi’s appointment. It mentioned that the opposition leaders had criticised the decision but BJP MPs defended it. The report also quoted Congress leader Manish Tewari. ” Mr Adityanath is widely regarded as a polarising figure because of his well-publicised anti-Muslim comments. The BJP leaders probably believe that their election formula of consolidating the votes of the Hindu majority will help them to sail through the next general elections,” it added.

  • Dawn (Pakistan)

One of the leading newspapers from neighboring Pakistan, Dawn used a report published by and retained the headline too. The report extensively talks about Yogi’s Hindutva ideology and his record as an MP from Gorakhpur. It also highlights Yogi Adityanath’s past and how he became the ‘mahant’ and also the involvement of his predecessor in Ram Janmabhoomi Movement. “In a state with nearly four crore Muslims, where the BJP decided to field not even a single candidate from the minority community in the election, the chief minister-designate could be seen as adding insult to injury, because, more than anything else, he is known for his strident anti-Muslim rhetoric,” said the report.

  • Daily Mail 

    The report states, “A week after their stunning electoral victory in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP picked rabble-rousing Hindutva mascot Yogi Adityanath as the state’s chief minister on Saturday. “