PHOTO MOMENT: Ganesh Chaturthi – Mumbai Ganpati

  May all of your obstacles be overcome this Ganesh Chaturthi. Image by Supriya Tiwari. SOURCES: Vijay Shah { विजय }, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/VShah1984 Mumbai Ganpati‏, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/Mum_Ganpati mum_ganpati, Instagram (26 August 2017) https://www.instagram.com/p/BYPw3HenCFY/ tiwarisupriya392, Instagram https://www.instagram.com/tiwarisupriya392/ Advertisements Continue reading PHOTO MOMENT: Ganesh Chaturthi – Mumbai Ganpati

DEAL GURU’S DANCING SAGE: Indian retail advert accused of defamation towards Hindus

Indian online retailer AskMeBazaar.com has been condemned for religious insensitivity by Hindu groups after it recently broadcast a video advertisement on YouTube that depicts a Hindu sage (clergyman) dancing with a scantily-clad woman. The thirty-second advert depicts an actor dressed as the sage, wearing sacred rudraksha beads and saffron coloured garments associated with religious figureheads of India’s largest faith, levitating over a CGI building buried mostly in the ground while Bollywood actress and ‘item girl‘ Kangana Ranaut is perched on the edge of the building dressed in modern Western clothes, including a short red skirt. As the clip begins, the sage seated in a traditional meditational posture floats towards Ms. Ranaut and asks her why she is so busy. As she … Continue reading DEAL GURU’S DANCING SAGE: Indian retail advert accused of defamation towards Hindus

BLASPHEMOUS QUILT: Clothes retail chain blasted for selling Lord Ganesh duvet cover

The international Hindu community has expressed outrage against the fashion retail outlet Urban Outfitters after they began selling a quilt with the image of Lord Ganesh superimposed on it, in a direct contravention against Hinduism‘ beliefs regarding the portrayal of deities and yet another example of Western fetishism of the beliefs and imagery of one of the world’s oldest religions. Urban Outfitters is a high-street clothing and home furnishings chain which operates in both America and the United Kingdom. Headquartered in Philadelphia, the company specialises in selling clothing, housewares and shoes with a vintage, retro and funky hipster feel. Together with … Continue reading BLASPHEMOUS QUILT: Clothes retail chain blasted for selling Lord Ganesh duvet cover

WHAT’S IN A NAME: Vijay – the story

So, what is in a name? This special May Bank Holiday feature is dedicated to me. Well, my name anyway. I am sure that many of you are aware that my first name is Vijay. You however may not know its meaning or how I came by it. A month after I was born, I was registered at the Barking & Dagenham Sub-District registry office of births and deaths under an English name by my father, who was from that ethnicity – my mother is Indo-Mauritian. However by my 16th birthday, the family dynamics had changed and I was taken … Continue reading WHAT’S IN A NAME: Vijay – the story

SHRIMANT BAJIRAO PESHWA: Legendary warrior of the Marathas

Today marks the birth anniversary of Shrimant Bajirao Peshwa, a notable Indian warrior and statesman whose military campaigns and able governance changed the face of the Maratha Empire at its heyday in the 18th century. While he was notably revered during the days of Maratha struggles against Mughal domination and its attendant religious persecution, today his deeds and nobility are virtually unknown outside his native Maharashtra and many contemporary citizens of the Republic of India would meet the mention of his name with a blank and confused expression. Born on the 18th of August 1700, Bajirao was the eldest son … Continue reading SHRIMANT BAJIRAO PESHWA: Legendary warrior of the Marathas