Australian Ganesh vs Hitler play sparks outrage among Hindus
Melbourne Festival attracts international condemnation over Ganesh vs Hitler play
September 20, 2011 10:35 am EDT
Politics, Freedom Of The Press, Arts, Culture And Entertainment, Theater
Just days before an Australian play, "Ganesh Versus the Third Reich," is set to have its world premiere at the Melbourne Festival, its story line has sparked an outrage among Hindu communities in Australia, the United States and India.
The comic play shows a swashbuckling fight between the elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesh and Adolf Hitler over the use of the swastika symbol.
Council of Indian Australians’s President Yadu Singh, described the play as a cheap form of entertainment, adding that any disrespect to Ganesh, the revered god of wisdom, learning and good luck, was unacceptable.
"Lord Ganesh is one of the most important gods or deities for the Hindu religion and they are making fun of him, making money out of him," Singh said. "It is not right to use religious symbols, from any religion, in comedy or as a joke, it's offensive, insulting and inappropriate," he added.
In Nevada, acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, said that Lord Ganesh is an object of worship and not something of which one could made a laughing stock on theater stages.
He added that devotees would be hurt by showing him tortured and questioned by Nazis, suggesting filmmakers show his true depiction as mentioned in scriptures.
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