LONDON: The BBC is below hearth after broadcasting a cookery present on Kashmiri delicacies that stated the meals is from “Azad Kashmir in northern Pakistan”.
The programme “Recipes that Made Me: Kashmir”, screened final Saturday within the UK on BBC One, referred to Kashmiri delicacies as “meals of the Kashmiri immigrants from northern Pakistan” in an episode set in Yorkshire. The presenter, Indian-origin prepare dinner Nisha Katona, went to Bradford and stated, “The vast majority of Pakistani immigrants got here right here from a comparatively small area of Azad Kashmir within the far north of Pakistan.” The programme then confirmed a map of “Azad Kashmir” in Pakistan.
Not as soon as did it check with Kashmir as being in India.
It stated lamb was on the coronary heart of Kashmiri delicacies and featured lamb offal, lamb trotters, lamb seekh kebabs and lamb liver dishes. Katona stated: “Lamb’s toes won’t sound interesting however throughout the subcontinent we’re used to consuming each a part of the animal. Fortunately lamb was straightforward to return by in Yorkshire.” She launched Yazi, an knowledgeable on Kashmiri meals, saying her father ,“like many Pakistani immigrants on this space, got here from a farming household in rural Kashmir” and concluded the present saying “studying about Pakistani Kashmiri meals has been a privilege”.
Shital Manga (43), a British Indian from Leicester who watched the programme hoping to study new recipes, was left infuriated. “They’re saying Kashmir is a part of Pakistan when it isn’t, by no means has been and by no means shall be. Even within the Puranas it says Kashmir is a part of India. The valley of Kashmir is known as after Kashyap Rishi, one of many Saptarshis (seven sages). They’re calling it Azad Kashmir however it’s not free, it’s occupied by Pakistan. That is propaganda enjoying as much as the Pakistani inhabitants in Britain. The map made me actually indignant. Azad Kashmir doesn’t exist and Kashmir is a part of India. Within the Nineties there was a genocide of Hindus in that a part of Kashmir. Both the script was written for the presenter or she doesn’t perceive the actual details.”
Vinod Tikoo, who represents the Jammu Kashmir Research Centre within the UK, stated: “The sequence talks about Kashmiri meals from Pakistani occupied area of Jammu and Kashmir however the meals and recipes proven are extra mainstream Pakistani or from the Jammu area. The anchor confuses the viewers by saying ‘Kashmir area of Pakistan’ the place in actuality the Kashmir Valley primarily is within the Indian area of Jammu and Kashmir. The host doesn’t present the refined but substantial variations between the Hindu and Muslim cuisines of Kashmir.”
A BBC spokesperson stated: “‘Recipes that Made Me’ celebrated the meals of a variety of communities from the Indian subcontinent.”

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