NEW DELHI: A recent article in The New York Times linking traditional Indian dress, sari, to Hindu nationalism, has drawn the ire of Indians of all political hues on social media. Twitterati blasted both the venerable newspaper as well as the writer for giving a Hindu flavour to the elegant women’s garment, which is popular not just in India but Bangladesh and among Pakistani elite as well.

The NYT report by Asghar Qadri claimed that ever since the Narendra Modi-led BJP government had assumed office in 2014, it was aggressively promoting sari as a symbol of Hindu nationalism. It also claimed that the Indian fashion industry is under intense pressure to shun Western wear for the traditional attire. Reporting from Varanasi, the constituency of Prime Minister Modi, which is historically and traditionally associated with the world famous Banarasi sari, Qadri painted a sorry picture of the plight of Muslim sari weavers.

Outraged by the report that was seemingly low…

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