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Montreal firm apologizes & removes Lord Ganesh capris after Hindu protest

Montreal, Canada, based production house “Art of Where” apologized and withdrew yoga-capris carrying images of Hindu deity Lord Ganesh after Hindus protested; calling it “highly inappropriate”.

Beverly of “Art of Where”, in emails to Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who spearheaded the protest, wrote: “…the product featuring Ganesh that you brought to our attention was removed from our artist stores…We hope that you can accept our apology”.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, in a statement, thanked “Art of Where” for understanding the concerns of the Hindu community which thought to place Lord Ganesh on such a product was insensitive.

Rajan Zed suggested that companies should send their senior executives for training in religious and cultural sensitivity so that they had an understanding of the feelings of customers and communities when introducing new products or launching advertising campaigns.

Zed had said that Lord Ganesh was highly revered in Hinduism and was meant to be worshipped in temples or home shrines and not to adorn one’s legs for mercantile greed. Inappropriate usage of Hindu deities or concepts for commercial or other agenda was not okay as it hurt the devotees.

Zed had stated that such trivialization of Hindu deities was disturbing to the Hindus world over. Hindus were for free artistic expression and speech as much as anybody else if not more. But faith was something sacred and attempts at trivializing it hurt the followers, Zed added.

In Hinduism, Lord Ganesh is worshipped as a god of wisdom and remover of obstacles and is invoked before the beginning of any major undertaking.

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