Friday, September 29, 2006

‘Maharashtra Times’ ridicules Hindu deities

Posted on 27 September, 2006
Employee arrogantly claims that they can also do the same with Prophet Mohammed or Jesus Christ.

Mumbai: The well-known Marathi daily Maharashtra Times has been publishing, during Navaratri, in its Mumbai supplement, an article titled “Ajachya Durga-Saraswati (Today’s Goddess Durga and Saraswati)” wherein famous lady achievers are introduced. Shri. Shivaji Vatkar, the Mumbai District Coordinator of the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) was given evasive answers when he called up its office and tried to register his protest.

Many famous ladies in various fields have been introduced in this series of article like Rani Bung, known for working for the tribal population/natives, Arundhati Roy, writer, Condolisa Rice, Advisor to Bush Government, Dr. Rani Borges, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Shirin Ibadi etc. In this context, Shri. Vatkar registered his protest. An employee at the MT office said that it was only symbolic. Shri. Vatkar then asked whether the newspaper would dare to call an actor as Prophet Mohammad or Jesus Christ. The employee arrogantly replied that they would do so. He further advised Shri. Vatkar to send his contention in writing.

(We hope that ‘Maharashtra Times’ and its employees have not forgotten the Denmark issue, where innocuous cartoons of Prophet Mohammed led to worldwide violent protests from Muslims. In this context will they dare to compare any person with Jesus and Mohammed ? - Editor)

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