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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Time for Hindus to protest

Are Indian newspapers and websites going to be taken to task for publishing this picture?

8 Comments:

  • Do we want to? I think the image is tasteless, yes, tacky, yes. But should that be enough reason to protest against publishing?

    However, I think the thing people should protest against is the insensitivity shown against the Hindu group from UK which tried to get the advertisement removed. If someone is hurt by this and has asked nicely...!!

    What's your point of view?

    By Blogger dhoomketu, at 5:16 PM  

  • IMHO Hindus are quite tolerant and this is being exploited by people. This is the case with MF Hussain and also with some European designer labels (don't recollect the name now) which used Indian goddesses in poor light. If polite requests / protests are being ignored, Shiv Sena style protests could be the way out.

    By Blogger Kaps, at 12:18 AM  

  • Don't think Shiv Sena style protests are the way out. Besides violence being illegal, there are two-three moral questions:
    1) How does one decide what is to be tolerated/ what not? Where does one draw the line?
    2) Who decides? Who will be come up with a common point of view?
    3) What about freedom of expression? Yes, I know we can get into a debate about this. But how can a group of people ask one person to shut up, as long as that one person is not actively threatening the group (let's say, by forcefully making the group see the painting/ ad)?

    And besides, instead of making this a freedom of expression vs. religious sentiments debate, the question to ask is whether both can co-exist? And does Shiv-Sena style protests help in that co-existence?

    By Blogger dhoomketu, at 2:31 PM  

  • hi kaps,
    using pictures of hindu gods in a humiliating way, is happening for a long time in western countries, i remember seeing an article in tamil magazine along with the pictures, where pictures of hindu gods were printed on the chappals.
    more humiliating is that in chennai, a hotel made its workers dressed as lord ganesh serve foreign people in their hotel, and the magazine even published those pics.

    By Blogger வேதா, at 2:40 PM  

  • Nice!
    Well well...M.F. Husain goes scot free for painting images of Goddesses indulging in open bestiality...AND that has been ignored uncermoniously....I wonder how long these protests will go on until they fizzle out too.....
    Unfortunately Hindu icons have always had the ill-luck of being treated with derision in the West in various ways namely putting their images on toilet seats, toilet paper, sandals, cutting off Lord Vishnu's head and morphing Hendrix's head in its place and of course the aforementioned incident of Goddess Durga with liquor bottles.
    Sadly these days the tolerance shown by Hinduism has become synonymous with incompetence, with Hindu's lamely minconstruing 'tolerance' for inaction even when faced with a blatant lack of respect by the West.
    Maybe a Shiv Senaish treatment is necessary every once in a while, atleast to stop the disrespect in illustrating Hindu symbols.
    I know...its a long comment..:)
    cheers!
    Megha

    By Blogger the wannabe indian punkster, at 4:49 PM  

  • How does a Shiv Senaish treatment help in stopping disrespect?
    First of all, its illegal. Secondly, how will it affect a night club in Athens, a designer in Los Angeles. All it will probably end up doing is creating loss in law & order in India.
    Thirdly, please check your facts. M.F. Husain's paintings and others were destroyed by Bajrang Dal supporters. What for? For abstract paintings? Why should he not go scot-free? Was he the first one to depict Indian gods and goddesses in the nude? What about thousands of sculptures in temples in India?

    It's not clear why violence is the only alternative that we have. Have we tried every other mean of social protest?

    By Blogger dhoomketu, at 7:22 PM  

  • >Shiv Sena style protests could be the way out.

    Really? Whom will you target? And how? Will you respond in a violent manner only in this instance or every time you see a slight against Hinduism? If the former, what are your reasons for making an example of this case and not others? Do you think one violent protest will intimidate the world into refraining from this sort of thing? Why do you think so?
    If the latter, then you'll need people who are willing to regularly deliver violence when and where needed. Do you, therefore, plan to keep a militia on tap, ready to fly around to world to deliver violence to the affronters of Hinduism? What do you think the consequences of that will be?
    Let's assume, by some miracle, the Greek government stands aside and watches your goons burn the Athenian disco to the ground. Don't you think that one communal incident will set off several in turn? Do you imagine, in such an environment, that only those who insult Hinduism will suffer?

    >Hindus are quite tolerant

    Of whom and what? What do you mean by "tolerant" anyway?

    Seriously, you haven't thought this through.

    By Blogger Rishi, at 1:35 AM  

  • THE BEST WAY TO CONDEMN AND APPEASE BOTH LIBERAL AND HINDU/CONCEREND PUBLIC WOULD BE TO ALLOW PUBLISHING OF BANNED CARTONS OF THE PROPHET, AS HAS BEEN BANNED BY LIBERAL AND SECULAR COMBINE. OR M F HUSSAIN BE ASKED TO SHOW THE SAME RESPECT (BY PAINTING NUDE THE BHARAT MATA, SARASWATI, KRISHNA ETC..)BY PAINTING IN THE SIMILAR WAY THE MUSLIM/CHRISTIAN DEITIES. LET THE LIBERAL ENJOY THE LIBERAL ART. PLEASE LEAVE ALONE THE HINDU GODS, AND PAINT NUDE OR WHATEVER YOUR MADHURI AND ILKS. THEY DON'T KNOW THE SANCTITY OF RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MOTHERLAND AND ITS SON, GODS AND FOLLOWERS. THESE LIBERAL ENJOYS DENEGRATION OF BHARAT MATA, AND HINDU GODS ONLY BY COMPULSION , CHOICE OR TEMP...TA...TIONS....

    By Blogger PRAMOD GUPTA, at 3:48 AM  

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