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India takes up Ganesha ad issue with Australia 

Melbourne: India on Friday took up with Australia a recent offensive advertisement, which features Lord Ganesha and other divinities promoting consumption of lamb meat and demanded its withdrawal.

The advertisement was released on Monday by the Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), triggering protests from the Indian community in the country.

“High Commission is taking note of the protests of Indian community in Australia, have made a demarche to Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Department of Communication and Arts and Department of Agriculture bringing to their notice an offensive advertisement by Meat and Livestock Australia that hurt the religious sentiments of the Indian community,” the Indian High Commission in Canberra said in a statement.

Hurting religious sentiments

In a video advertisement released by MLA recently, Lord Ganesha along with other religious figures is found to be ‘toasting lamb,’ which the Indian community considers to be offensive and hurting their religious sentiments.

The Consulate-General of India in Sydney has taken up the matter directly with MLA and urged them to withdraw the advertisement, it said.

A number of Community Associations have also registered their protest with Government of Australia and MLA.

Even Lord Buddha there

MLA’s latest campaign for lamb features a number of religious figures including Jesus, Buddha, Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and Greek Goddess Aphrodite sitting around a lamb lunch.

The advertisement has led to protests by Hindu organisations and Indian community in Australia who have demanded to take it off air.

Hindu Council of Australia called on MLA to voluntarily take the advertisement off air.

“We strongly urge MLA to withdraw the offensive advertisement immediately and extend an unconditional apology to not only the Hindu-Australian community but to members of all religious groups that are hurt by this nonsensical advertisement,” the Hindu Council of Australia said in a statement.

(Source: The Hindu)

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2 Responses to India takes up Ganesha ad issue with Australia

  1. Vincent Bagul

    It is wrong to hurt religious sentiments of any community. The Australian government should withdraw the offensive advertisement.

  2. A. S. Mathew

    It will be offending the religious people when their deities and symbols are dishonored. One crazy U.S. Pastor planned to burn Koran, but he was forced to stop that. Religion is a very personal thing with deeper attachment in everybody’s personal life. Many Bibles are burned by the anti-Christian religious fanatics in India, but GOD has caught a few of them and they are big preachers now. The Government of Australia will handle the situation not to offend the Hindus.

    The Hindus who have migrated to the Christian nations of the world also must understand that the minority Christians living in India, not migrated to India from the western world, but born and brought up there for decades are now deeply wounded by the RSS/BJP supported attacks upon them. The Hindus living abroad have a responsibility to alert the Hinditva Government of India under the Modi deity rule, that the Christians of the world are keenly watching and alarmed by the attacks against the Christians in India.