Point of Order

‘Point of Order’ is a new section that underlines ThePrint’s commitment to editorial fairness.

Responding to ThePrint report ‘Under PM Modi India got back more stolen antiquities in 3 yrs than the UPA govt in 10 yrs‘, published on 14 July 2017, Anuraag Saxena, Founder, India Pride Project, has forwarded an email from Bharat Gupt, former faculty, Delhi University, who writes:

“There is something seriously wrong with the mindset of Sanya Dhingra and the people she has been talking to regarding the issue of bringing back the antiquities residing in foreign museums or even private collectors. Why are they doubting the expertise and the intentions of Anurag Saxena and his team? All the art objects abroad are either stolen after 1947 or simply looted by British before that date. The now Christian Greeks have been fighting for portions of the heathen Parthenon, ‘officially’ purchased by a British archaeologist now displayed in the British Govt. in museums. As for the charge that Anurag is Hindu ideology driven, let me say that all sculpture is going to be Hindu (or from other idol worshippers ) and reclaiming it is ‘national’ act and not a ‘communal’ one. Most of Indian past is simply Hindu, a plain fact. Is that the reason why the secular Nehruvians and Marxists failed to re-claim the stolen Indian heritage?”

ThePrint responds:
The report is accurate and no facts are questioned. We stand by it. It does not doubt the expertise or intentions of Anuraag Saxena and his team. Individuals’ opinions are subjective, ThePrint doesn’t necessarily agree with all, and is always open to any well-argued counter-views.

Aspersions on ThePrint Reporter Sanya Dhingra are gratuitous, unfair and undeserving of comment. A fine reporter’s work speaks for itself.