2 journalists asked to leave army event for sitting through Indian national anthem

SRINAGAR: An army officer asked two journalists to leave an event because they did not stand up when the Indian national anthem was played and the Indian flag was unfurled.

The anthem was played during the passing out parade of recruits at the Rangreth centre of Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry Regiment.

“Army had invited us to cover the event, not to participate in it. When the Indian anthem was played, I was jotting down notes for my story. After the anthem finished, one Colonel Burn came up to us and said ‘all people here stood up for the anthem and the flag except you. We don’t need people like you here so leave,’” said Kashmir Reader correspondent Junaid Bazaz.

The other journalist who asked to leave was a correspondent of Rising Kashmir.

As the journalists were leaving, army spokesman Colonel NN Joshi came up to them and apologised for Burn’s behavior.

“I personally apologise for today’s incident. Burn should have told me instead of expressing himself before you. As promised I raised his misbehavior with the higher ups,” Colonel Joshi later told Junaid on phone.

7 Responses to "2 journalists asked to leave army event for sitting through Indian national anthem"

  1. Participating Hidusthan   May 28, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    “Army had invited us to cover the event, not to participate in it.” WHAT the hell does that mean? Ok granted you are a Journalist and that playing with words is your daily bread, but please why do you think all the rest are idiots? Lets just pretend your logic has some sanctity, now by ignoring India’s national anthem, and not giving it the same reverence that citizens of other countries actually give, you were trying to bring home the point that this was to cover and not to participate.
    Fine, by the same logic then as a India loving and India die hard fan, why don’t we kick your silly punny kashmiry ass to cover all the way to Pakistan so that you could then participate and do your note writing at the same time.

  2. Shri Bhagwan   May 25, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    So called Col Joshi, You are unfit to be a soldier. Shame on you. Col Burn is a hero. you are no match. Better hang your uniform.

  3. Maverick   May 25, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    If the story is correct, then I must say that ‘Col Joshi, with all due regards, you are an army officer, designated as PRO for the press by the Indian Army, and not the other way around.
    And to the journalists, ‘Stop giving crap excuses for your uncouth, uneducated, provoking, hurting, and possibly premeditated misbehavior. If you claim to being a human, start with giving an unconditional apology to the nation and stop glorifying In misguided masochism. Don’t take someone’s decency as their weakness, it is just their decent upbringing and culture which you seem to lack, and that too, to the point that you fail to recognise it even when you witness it first hand.

    To Col Burns, ‘Bravo Sir! Wish more people would emulate you!’

    To the press, ‘Please cover a story without any bias and stink of self-righteous, fake glory and masochism. Also, educate your employees to know and observe at least the basic courtesies which may be expected of any decent school going child too.’

  4. Indian   May 25, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    I appreciate what Col Burn did, the behavior of the journalists was irresponsible. Please tell us what such points were noted during National Anthem that couldn’t be memorized to be written after the Anthem was over ?

  5. Amit   May 25, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Col. Joshi should apologize for his pansy behavior. The scribe(s) could have made those job saving notes later.

  6. Red   May 25, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Col Burn did the right thing. Joshi sab, don’t stoop low to appease people who have scant regard for the National Anthem.

  7. Soldier   May 24, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    Col Joshi should leave the army for his behaviour.