Magazine shows Ganesha holding an alcoholic
while Hanuman sex poses with a woman- upset NRI Hindus
Did Stuff magazine cross the line or are they just plain obtuse?
Is Stuff Magazine Insult on Hindus?
Is this offensive?
New York, June 8 2007
A popular US Stuff Magazine in a June issue, the below artwork
was displayed and allegedly depicts Hindu God Ganesha holding
an alcoholic beverage in each hand and deity Hanuman in an obscene
pose has drawn the ire of many Hindus in the country. The Stuff
Magazine may have crossed a line in its continual quest to whet
the prurient appetites of its readership. Alongside a quiz entitled
“Yoga Pose, Drink or Sex Position?”
NRI Ashok mehta from New York wrote a letter to
editor-in-chief: However, whenever one insults another culture,
be it through malice or—even worse—through ignorance,
they should be held accountable for their decision. That's how
dialogue works in an open democracy, and that's all we're asking
NRI Rakesh Patel from Detroit said, Would the artist
have drawn, and the editors allowed, an image of the Pope getting
busy with a busty bimbo? I think not. So why don’t Hindu
icons deserve the same respect?
NRI Mahesh Gupta from LA said, I don't think its
such a big deal. Loads of hindus drink alcohol. Also since when
did sex - or reproduction become a vice? At the end of the day
it is free speech and remains only as ink on paper. The image
of christ has been portrayed throughout the internet in many different
ways and forms, some deemed offensive and some deemed not so.
At the end of the day, if you don't want to see it, you simply
have to close the book, or turn off the computer. It's not like
anyone is forcing anyone to see these images.
NRI Dr. Dundeep Agarwal from Sacramento said, "You
are right about free speech but there is such a thing as respect
here. How would you or Christians feel about a picture of Christ
with an bottle of alcohol in his hand promoting a liquor company.
Or Christ with a woman all over him in a sexual manner? Do you
think that would be respecting Christians much?"
NRI Hindus in the United States have already protested
but the magazine is already in circulation and it seems nothing
can be done.
The media are also bound by ethics that surpass their constitutional
rights. And viewers and readers, in turn, bear the responsibility
to inform the media when they misinform. If we simply turned away
every time the media wrongfully portrayed a situation, bad things
Our press reporter called Stuff magazine but no respons.