An Indian novelist has been arrested for blasphemy for apparently saying mean things about the Hindu god Ganesh, this hurting the incredibly tender feelings of authoritarians who think they have a right to punish anyone who dares offend them. Paul Fidalgo, filling in at the Friendly Atheist while Hemant goes off and gets married (congratulations, Hemant!), has the details.
Yogesh Master, an apparently prolific Indian author, has been arrested for what amounts to a blasphemy charge. In his new novel Dhundi, which is written in the Kannada language, the Hindu god Lord Ganesha is subject to “derogatory references” and is portrayed “in a highly objectionable manner,” according to complaints.
I’ve not been able to unearth any actual text, English or otherwise, of the novel in question, but according to Daijiworld Media Network, the complaints are that Ganesha is portrayed as “cruel” and “rowdy,” having an “illicit relationship”…
Here’s the actual charge:
Additional Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Kamal Pant said the case has been registered under Section 295 A (Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) and Section 298 (Uttering words, etc with deliberate intent to wound religious feeling) of the [Indian Penal Code].
Fuck your religious feelings. I guess I just ensured that I’ll never go to India, eh?