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BBC Asian Network respond to Adil Ray's 'Anti Kirpan' slurs

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The following is an official statement from the BBC Asian Network regarding the Adil Ray show.

 

On Thursday 6th August on the Adil Ray show on the BBC Asian Network, the news had two stories about Sikhs. One was about the cancellation of a Gurdas Maan concert in Canada, the other about Sikh soldiers joining the Queen's guard in the UK for the first time. Adil talked about both with the newsreader after the bulletin.

We have had a few responses from listeners who thought that he was in some way mocking the Kirpan or Sikhism, or judging the rights and wrong of wearing the Kirpan. That response has led to discussion on some message boards.

The Asian Network and Adil Ray would like to assure all our listeners that he did not mock the Kirpan or Sikhism.
He was expressing surprise at the cancellation of the gig over the Kirpan issue, and then to link the two stories he made a remark about the British Army and whether it would be open-minded enough to let Kirpan wearers in. At no time did he make any judgement about people's faith or the rights and wrongs of wearing the Kirpan.

The Asian Network and Adil Ray welcome the fact that he has listeners of all faiths who enjoy his humour and presentation

BBC Asian Network

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paul mercer
0 #15 paul mercer 2010-02-16 13:41
How rediculous banning the Kirpan, I have never ever read on any ever being attcked and killed by a Kirpan. this is just another case of the awful government banning something as a result of crimes committed by a completely different section of society who use knives to kill !

The Kirpan from what I understand is used to protect the weak and the vulnerable..

Pitty the same law doesnt apply to terrorists caught in burkha's !

not supprising really if your a Sikh, a Jew and Christian a hindu or a Buddhist your by default in second place to the PC brigades pro Muslim bias !
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reena_b
+1 #14 reena_b 2009-09-08 23:02
Quoting munir hussain:
get over it stop being twats



Its not really getting over it issue, more the principle behind what media can get away with or not. They should be setting good examples as many of the people out there see them as people who set trends. An official statement from the BBC where is Adil's response regarding this?
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munir hussain
0 #13 munir hussain 2009-09-08 21:16
get over it stop being twats
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khan.
0 #12 khan. 2009-09-04 20:59
Seems like the BBC bend the rules when its suits them, or artists that are friends get more playlist interesting there is hardly any Pakistani music played!
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rajna
+2 #11 rajna 2009-09-03 14:10
It is amazing how the station is allowed to bash religions yet we pay 25 million pounds a year to fund a station that is segregated from the integrated britain we live in! It is hardly diversity having a separate asian station that has no black or white presenters or who are none asian working on shows.

Adil Ray gets away with alot of things and his jokes are 'emotional abuse' and people do find them hurtful. His weekly message boards is a total disgrace.

"Stations like BBC Asian Network do little to encourage integration and social cohesion because they allow communities to ghettoize themselves."

I read the above on www.independent.co.uk and there are many other issues rasied.

Adil MUST be suspended now until this matter is resolved.

Today (03.09) he is taking about images that come across as possible idols of god and goes on about jesus! What next
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AmanS
0 #10 AmanS 2009-09-03 13:11
Why do muslims think they can take free stabs at sikhs and hindus? But moan when anyone talks down their religion?
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Biased BroadcastingC
-3 #9 Biased BroadcastingC 2009-08-13 16:22
Quoting dj as:
get suki bart off of brit asia (ukbhangra culture) to sort him outt!
lol
has anybody got a link to the alleged criticism of the kirpan and sikhs??
if he did say that the he should be removed..no question...


its been removed and you cant listen back. it was removed a few days ago even before the 7 day rule of listening back to shows.

they are hiding something and i know there are steps being taken by certain groups to get a real movement going...

BBC - EITHER LET US LISTEN TO WHAT HE SAID AND LET US JUDGE OURSELVES

OR

SUSPEND ADIL RAY UNTILL A FULL INQUIRY HAS TAKEN PLACE INTO HIS ACTIONS

YOUR CHOICE

(We know you're reading these comments)
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dj as
0 #8 dj as 2009-08-13 16:04
get suki bart off of brit asia (ukbhangra culture) to sort him outt!
lol
has anybody got a link to the alleged criticism of the kirpan and sikhs??
if he did say that the he should be removed..no question...
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0 #7 ... 2009-08-13 15:34
this is what someone posted in the forum

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He was chatting about the recent Gurdass Maan gig in Canada where they didn't allow Sikhs with Kirpans into the venue. His remarks, "that's a stupid reason for having a Kirpan and do Sikhs really need them?" This sure isn't politically and professional coming from someone who a few months ago when was supposed to move to the morning show made such a scene that many said was childish?

What do people think, is it correct to mix religion views with music?

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if he said that then dickhed
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ravi_k
+1 #6 ravi_k 2009-08-13 14:46
agree with below, adil should be kicked of the show, why is be being treated different from other presenters who have lost their jobs for making remarks similar.
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harryaujla
0 #5 harryaujla 2009-08-13 14:37
what i really wanna know is.. how comes the show was removed a few days ago?

Ok its removed now cos' its been a week but the story first came up like few days ago and you coudln't listen back to that particular show...

WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO HIDE BBC???
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Indiii
+1 #4 Indiii 2009-08-13 14:21
thats bullshit - markie mark and the rest of the network lot only care about ratings - on the p2k board someone said '...yh rite if sum1 sed n e tin about islam, guaranteed a few trains n planes wud have been blown up by now...'

A statement which is totally true!

This isnt the first time adils done this - so fuck the asian network and fuck adil i certainly wont be tuning in to any of his shows
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