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Hindus Go Full Muslim Authoritarian

Turns out reactionary Muslims are not the only ones who throw massive temper tantrums and demand arrests and even death when someone dares to offend their delicate religious sensibilities. Indian police have issued an arrest warrant for a cricket star for a picture that portrayed him as the Hindu god Vishnu.

A court in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday issued an arrest warrant against Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of Hindus…

The case relates to a picture on the cover of Business Today in its April 2013 edition. Dhoni was portrayed as Hindu god Vishnu with a sub title “God of Big Deals” and holding products of several companies including a shoe in his hand.

Y. Shyam Sunder, a local leader of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), had filed a petition in the court in February this year alleging that the cricketer hurt the sentiments of Hindus by denigrating a Hindu god.

And now that there is a Hindu nationalist in charge of the entire country, don’t be surprised if this kind of thing becomes more common. Religious totalitarianism strikes again.

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  1. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    .. and again.. every day now. Yup.

    World news gets so depressing and things seem to keep just going to shit.

  2. eric says

    Its completely ridiculous. Not just the complaint, but the fact that they’re blaming the obviously wrong person. They should be targeting the magazine editors etc. who designed and approved the cover, not the person featured on the cover. What idiot thinks the people featured on the cover of Time have artistic control over what the cover looks like?

  3. mastmaker says

    And Dhoni is a frigging Hindu too. How is it court’s business to stop one Hindu from offending the sensibilities of another? Why does the complainer get more rights to ‘Hindu’ junk than Mr. Dhoni? What’s next? Will the court come in to stop me from offending the sensibility of my dad by eating beef? Where’s the beef?

    For the record: I was born a Hindu. I have every right to

  4. birgerjohansson says

    These are the kind of people who fired a geologist for saying Adam’s Bridge* between Sri Lanka and India is a natural formation and not made by the Hindu gods, as per Hindu legends…

    * this is the name the British colonizers used for the string of small islands.

  5. mastmaker says

    Doddarn this laptop keyboard! I was saying:

    For the record: I was born a Hindu. I have every right to ridicule that frigging Casanova they call Vishnu and nobody can take it away from me!

  6. birgerjohansson says

    “that frigging Casanova they call Vishnu”

    Vishnu, the original Zeus!

  7. birgerjohansson says

    Sentiments are small, marsupial herbivores. Due to their small size, they easily get injured.

  8. says

    I can’t access the linked news story here, where I am, but they should reprint the offending picture. All new stories should. In fact, news stories that don’t reprint the picture offend my Hindu beliefs. The ball’s in your court now, India, um, courts.

  9. Reginald Selkirk says

    mastmaker #6: For the record: I was born a Hindu.

    1) richard Dawkins would take issue with that.

    2) In this life, yes; but in a previous life you were probably a Muslim.

  10. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    @12.Reginald Selkirk : “2) In this life, yes; but in a previous life you were probably a Muslim.”

    Or a cat or something!

  11. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    @5. birgerjohansson :

    These are the kind of people who fired a geologist for saying Adam’s Bridge* between Sri Lanka and India is a natural formation and not made by the Hindu gods, as per Hindu legends…

    * this is the name the British colonizers used for the string of small islands.

    Yep. Fascinating structure that one whatever its exact origin :

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam's_Bridge

    Apparently there’re talking of dredging a shipping channel right through it :

    Political parties including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Janata Dal (Secular) (JD(S)) and some Hindu organisations oppose dredging through the shoal on religious grounds – Rama’s Bridge being popularly identified as the causeway described in the Ramayana — and suggest using an alternate alignment for the channel that avoids damage to Adam’s Bridge.

    Which I think would be a shame.

    It is something of a natural and geological wonder.

  12. mastmaker says

    @Selkirk #12:

    Casting aspersions on my previous life? Of course, you realize this means WAR!

    I have a couple of really amusing stories (from Indian kids magazines, I guess) about previous lives. I will wait for a more suitable post where I can post them in comments.

  13. Loqi says

    If I were an Indian politician, I’d be sharpening my Photoshop skills right about now. I could rule the country in a few months just by superimposing the faces of my political opponents onto Hindu gods and having them imprisoned.

  14. Loqi says

    @mastmaker #16
    You weren’t, perchance, an asparagus in your previous life, were you?

  15. Trebuchet says

    You weren’t, perchance, an asparagus in your previous life, were you?

    What, my previous life could have been a vegetable? You’ve just awakened me to a horrifying possibility! What if I was a pumpkin???!!!

  16. busterggi says

    Poor Hindus, after the demonstrated increased craziness of the Abrahamic religions they realized they have to step it up to keep even – nobody converts to non-crazy religions (or would if they existed).

  17. EnlightenmentLiberal says

    For the record: I was born a Hindu. I have every right to

    I was not born a Hindu, and I still have every right to [complain and denigrate their religion].

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