Lord Ganesha adored by millions of Hindus has become a victim of investigation in Australia. An Australian play allegedly depicts Lord Ganesha being tortured and investigated by the notorious Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Secret Service, infuriating the Hindi community. The play “The Ganesh versus the Third Reich” by an Australian based “Back to Back” theatre is having a world premiere at Melbourne Festival in Australia on September 29.
Speaking to PTI, US-based Hindu activist Rajan Zed objected to the play saying it had irrelevant imagery like Ganesha being tortured and interrogated by the Nazi Secret Service.
“Ganesha is worshipped in temples and home shrines. The Lord should not be made a laughing stock on theatre stages,” he said.
Rajan also expressed that “Creating irrelevant imaginary imagery like depicting the Lord being tortured and interrogated by Nazi Secret Service has hurt the devotees sentiments.”
The theatre group’s executive producer Alice Nash stated the play was showcased in different territories and was not displeasing to the Hindus. The play did not intend to portray something disrespectful to the Hindu deity, she said.
The play on Ganesha is not the only one to have angered the Hindus. A recent portrayal of Goddess Lakshmi on a swim-wear at a fashion event held in Sydney led to worldwide protests. The Australian swim-wear company was forced to apologize.
- Lord Ganesh (ktrmurali.wordpress.com)