Tuesday, November 01, 2005


This is the new 68pence Christmas stamp launched by the Post Office.

The first picture is Ganesh.

The stamp is a Hindu Artists version of the Madonna and Child.

The markings on the foreheads of the two adults in the painting represent a married Hindu woman and a Vaishnava Hindu.

I think it's a beautiful representation, but no, the Hindu Forum of Britain say it is disrespectful and insensitive to their needs.

I repeat, it was done by a Hindu Artist and hangs in a gallery in Mumbai. Perhaps the Hindu Forum should be approachiing the Artist instead.

But no, people have to jump up and down about the slightest thing and claim offence and disrespect as a way to be heard, like fractious children trying to get attention. It is just so boring and tedious.

We live in a multi-cultural society and this stamp is a good representation of a section of that society whilst celebrating the Christmas season.

At least the Post Office is standing it's ground and refusing to withdraw it.

Forum Spokesman Ramesh Kallidai said "It is only when images are used in a disrespectful and inappropriate way resulting in offence and hurt that we become concerned".

"This list is endless and Hindu images have been used on toilet seats, tissue paper. bikinis, shoes and other goods".

Blimey, who would want Ganesh superimposed onto the toilet seat?



Blogger Lightning said...

Some folk are never happy, give them a bit of recognition and that's the thanks you get. Sod them all, lets keep Britain British, bring back Santa or is that offensive too?

2:46 PM  
Blogger colcam said...

Many years ago a Hindu gave me an original drawing of Ganesh done on a lovely rice paper type material.

It was beautiful - and the unluckiest thing ever to touch my life.

In the interests of racial harmony in a multi-cultural society I refuse to say what I finally did to that drawing, except to say I held on to it longer than I should have because of its beauty, despite its effect on my life.

If stamps with Ganesh are on the go, I will seal my letterbox, cancel Christmas and allow the dog to savage the postie!

7:20 PM  

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