Thursday, May 26, 2005

Lord Rama caught on the wrong foot

Interesting read..

Indiatimes,
May 26, 2005

A pair of women's shoes allegedly showing Lord Rama made by French shoemaker Minelli has angered a pro-Hindu website, which has urged supporters to begin a letter-writing campaign to the shoemaker protesting against the product.
"It has come to the notice of Hindu Human Rights Group that you are currently marketing shoes with the pictures of our sacred and highly revered Hindu god Lord Rama printed on them," said a letter sent to Minelli by Web-based activist group Hindu Human Rights Group (www.hinduhumanrights.org) .
"We wish to point out to you that Lord Rama thus illustrated is actually worshipped by millions of Hindus across the world. It stands to reason that such a display of contempt for the spiritual beliefs and practices of a billion Hindus worldwide is causing a sense of fury and outrage in the Hindu community and we have received numerous complaints from Hindus in France."
The website also presents a photograph that shows a pair of women's shoes with faces drawn in the style of Hindu mythological art on their surface. From the website, it was difficult to tell exactly how many members the website has or what kind of support it has received for its campaign, for there are no named office bearers, address or contacts provided on the website.
The group wants Minelli to withdraw the product.
"Hindu Human Rights ask that you withdraw this line of shoes from circulation and sale immediately so as to prevent further unwarranted stress and distress to Hindus worldwide. Naturally, we also expect you to publish a fully apology to the Hindu community," the website adds.
Expatriate attorney Brij Mohan Dhir has supported the bid, and is himself mobilizing opinion to protest production and marketing of the shoe. In a letter to Minelli, he wrote, "Your act and conduct showing Lord Rama on shoes is rather degrading, defaming, agitating, upsetting, intolerable, outraging our religious beliefs and emotions, spreading ill will and hate between the communities, and against the norms of democracy and fraternity or brotherhood and against law and order as it may cause breach of peace in the world."
The San Francisco-based activist has circulated a copy of the letter widely on the Internet. If Minelli doesn't back down, he is considering filing a complaint in the European Court of Human Rights, he warned. Dhir has previously filed a complaint with the Eureka Police Department following the discovery that a beer company was selling its product with a caricature of the Hindu God Ganesha.

2 Comments:

Blogger Arattai Ambujammal said...

Interesting indeed ... that this is happening right now, when the U.S. military is facing the wrath of Islamic communities after the Abu Ghraib Koran abuse reports.

6:03 AM  
Blogger sunilraokn said...

I would say another strategy of gaining attention - public stunt. Gaining attention from 1 billion indians and others around them that their product exists without spending a penny. THINK ABOUT IT...

3:35 PM  

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