Indian Journalist M.S. Prabhakara Rips BBC For Describing Nelson Mandela as 'Black'

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During a report about the health of Nelson Mandela, the BBC referred to the South African leader as “black.” The BBC specifically said:

“President Jacob Zuma said he had visited Mr. Mandela and spoken to his wife and medical teams. Doctors were "doing everything possible to get his condition to improve" said Mr. Zuma in a statement. South Africa's first black president, 94, was taken to hospital in Pretoria earlier this month for the third time this year, with a lung infection.”

Indian journalist M.S. Prabhakara was so upset with the BBC’s characterization of Mandela that he sent a letter to his former newspaper, The Hindu, The Guardian reported.

"It is disgusting, but not surprising, that the BBC in its online world news bulletin should consistently describe Nelson Mandela, lying critically ill in a Pretoria hospital, as "South Africa's first black president" instead of more accurately, and more relevantly in political terms, as South Africa's first democratically elected president," Prabhakara wrote.

Mandela’s condition has been described as “critical.”

"The doctors are doing everything possible to get his condition to improve and are ensuring that Madiba is well-looked after and is comfortable. He is in good hands," said President Zuma,

Sources: The Guardian, BBC