Status of protest: In progress
Scene denigrating Shree Ganesh from the play ‘Ganesh versus the Third Reich’:
September 2, 2012 (A.Bhadrapad Krushna Dwitiya, Kaliyug Varsha 5114):
Dear supporter of Hinduism,
We have received a complaint from a Hindu about a play ‘Ganesh versus the third Reich’ to be showed at Rotterdamse Schouwburg Theatre in Netherlands from 26 September to 28th September 2012. The website of the play shows a picture of a man with elephant head in Sumo like dress posing behind Hitler which is not in accordance to the Scriptural description. Portrayal of Sree Ganesh is contrary to the way Hindu Scriptures describe His form and as depicted in Hindu temples and shrines. It is highly objectionable to Hindu religious sentiments that the revered Deity is being used in the fictitious context.
Below are details of the avenues where supporters of Hinduism can express and register their peaceful protest, to all the involved organisations of the play against this blatant denigration of our revered deity Lord Ganesh.
Address of Rotterdamse Schouwburg Theatre: Schouwburgplein 25, NL – 3012 CL Rotterdam
Tel: +31-10-40 44 111, Fax: +31-10-413 24 04
E-mail: Managing Director: [email protected]
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“Dharmo rakshati rakshitaha | (Dharma or God protects those who protect Dharma !)”
Sadhaks at Forum for Hindu Awakening (www.HinduAwakening.org)
1. E-mail communication with Rotterdamse Schouwburg Theatre:
Namaskar (God in me pays obeisance to the God in you).
We are writing this email to you as we have received a number of complaints from Hindus that the obscene play (Ganesh versus the Third Reich) which denigrates and insults Hindu deities “Lord Ganesh” and Lord Shiva is scheduled to be shown on your esteemed theatre. This play had caused a lot of anguish and had hurt the sentiments of the Hindu community when it was screened in Melbourne Australia last year. There were widespread protests by Hindus and Hindu community leaders against this blatant disregard for Hindu sentiments in this play. In spite of promises given by play director and assistant director Alice Nash to remove the objectionable parts, promises were broken. Hindu community in victoria hence was convinced that the play authorities were not really sensitive to the issues of the community and they were more interested int their own commercial implications.
A number of tricks were played against the Hindu community leaders, most prominent among them being :
- The play features actors which had physical or mental disabilities and that the Hindu community leaders were insensitive towards this aspect. It was very painful to see that the play directors were using this emotional sentiment as a shield for their own incorrect actions.
- A Hindu spiritual leader western origin whose thoughts were against the Hindu community at large had supported the play. His statement was used as a PR exercise by the play authorities to mislead the Hindu community that the Hindu community is now supporting the play.
This attitude of the play authorities prompted the Hindu community to write protest emails to the play authorities as well as protests outside the theatre in Melbourne.
It is quite regrettable that the play is now being featured in your theatre. We are sure, it will anger the local Hindus in Netherlands due to its content and utter disregard to Hindu sentiments towards their revered deity Lord Ganesh and Lord Shiva. Hence it our request to you to please consider cancelling the showing of this play to avoid any further controversy.
Hindu Dharma (Hinduism) considers art as a means for universal upliftment of human values and a medium to merge in to the divine. However this play cannot be termed as art if it tramples upon others emotional sentiments in the name of entertainment of a few.
Kindly find below, some of the objections in the play which upsets the Hindu community.
- Forum for Hindu Awakening strongly believes that the very theme of this play is flawed, as it denigrates Hindu Deities by humanising them. The play uses descriptions of Hindu Deities that are contrary to those in Hindu Scriptures.
- Lord Ganesh is shown captured by the Nazis and is shown a knife
- Lord Ganesh is trivialised as He is shown talking about His relationship where He ate and drank wine
- He is compared with fictitious comic characters such as ‘Spiderman’ and ‘King Kong’
- The character within the play (Brian) who plays Lord Ganesh, frequently takes off the Ganesh mask and utters obscenities like suck my d**k
- The play has an obscene innuendo surrounding Lord Ganesh, wherein one character asks another, whether the length of Lord Ganesh’s trunk is long enough, and the audience laughs
- A man with board shorts, no shirt and a garland plays Lord Vishnu in the play
- Lord Shiva is portrayed in poor taste and there is a scene where he plucks a human being into two
I would also bring to your notice that a total of 13 Hindu organisations in Victoria state alone in Australia were against this play and had strongly registered their protest. Also here is a link of details of the protests in concerned to the play.
With Kind Regards,
Seekers of Forum for Hindu Awakening.