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Inappropriate comparison of Lord Shiva and Facebook by Rosa Brooks

April 27, 2014

Chaitra Krushna Paksha Chaturdashi, Kaliyug Varsha 5116

Devout Hindus brought our attention to an article written by Rosa Brooks on the Washington Post website

Rosa Brooks

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Facebook is being compared with Lord Shiva in the article. This is completely inappropriate.

One of our volunteers wrote to Rosa Brooks, explaining the reasons and asking her to remove the sentence from her article. Below is the  communication that was sent to Rosa Brooks by the FHA volunteer. So far Rosa Books has not paid any heed and has not cared to reply.

———- Forwarded message ———-

From: Pallavi

Date: Sat, Mar 22, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Subject: Rosa Brooks: Request to remove “True, Facebook is the Internet equivalent of Shiva, Destroyer of Worlds.”

To: [email protected]


Dear Rosa Brooks,

The other day I came across an article written by you in Washington Post titled “Recline, don’t ‘Lean In’ (Why I hate Sheryl Sandberg)”. In this article you have referred to the revered Hindu Deity Lord Shiva in the statement “True, Facebook is the Internet equivalent of Shiva, Destroyer of Worlds.” Personally, I have no objection to your article; but, I was horrified to see such a comparison of Hindu God, Who is one of the most worshipped Gods in Hinduism. It surprised me as well that you chose a Hindu God, and not Jesus, Mohammad, Buddha or any other God of any other religion, which I find insulting to my religion. You may have coined this term out of ignorance about Lord Shiva, however, it has hurt not just my religious sentiments; but religious feelings of all Hindus around the world.

I would like to let you know that Lord Shiva is a highly revered Deity in Hinduism. Referring to Lord Shiva as “Destroyer of Worlds”; in reference to some aspect of Facebook, which according to you destroys the worlds, would be incorrect. It is inappropriate to compare a website with Lord Shiva, which would be akin to comparing a housefly with an eagle just because they both can fly. Functioning of God is beyond a human being’s comprehension and Facebook is no exception.

Worship of Lord Shiva provides one with spiritual experiences of calmness, peace of mind, happiness, Bliss, etc. Hence, it cannot be compared with social media like Facebook. I am also learning this from Forum for Hindu Awakening, as I volunteer for this non-profit organization in my free time.

The statement used in your article can spread wrong information about Lord Shiva and people reading it may also use it without realizing that it hurts the religious feelings of Hindus.  Therefore, I urge you not to use such comparisons using Hindu Deities, which leads to denigration. I kindly request you to remove the sentence from your article where Lord Shiva is mentioned. (“True, Facebook is the Internet equivalent of Shiva, Destroyer of Worlds).”

Thanks and Regards,

FHA Volunteer

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