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Increasing trend of anti-Hindu hate & denigration in entertainment media

Another incident of defaming Hindu deities and making mockery of Hindu Gods has come to notice in a video of some standup comedian Surleen Kaur under the Shemaroo Entertainment production label. In the said video, the standup comedian has used derogatory remarks towards Sri Ganesha and has also used inappropriate language for the renowned Gaudiya Vaishnava Hindu religious organization, International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), known colloquially as the ‘Hare Krishna’ movement or Hare Krishnas.

After protests Shemaroo withdrew the video posted on its youtube channel subscribed by a whopping 23 million people, but the damage was already done. Further, Shemaroo tendered its apology on social media through a series of tweets.

Tweets of Shemaroo and ISKCON

The official statement released by Shemaroo read, “This is with regards to the video that has been brought to our notice featuring comedian Ms. Surleen Kaur. The video was found derogatory and the same has been taken down with immediate effect. Shemaroo is committed to ensure our content is neutral and unbiased towards any religion, caste, creed or culture. We apologize to all brothers and sisters of the Iskcon community whose sentiments we might have unintentionally hurt. We extend our assurance that such matters will be dealt meticulously and with extreme sensitivity.”

However the ISKCON spokes person Radharamn Das said, “This has become a trend to demean Sanatan Dharma. No more. We will make an example out of this nonsense. Enough is Enough.” Rejecting the apology from Shemaroo, Radharamn Das stated that they are going to take legal action against Shemaroo and the standup comedian Surleen Kaur.

In the video, Kaur can be seen presenting a stand-up show where she says in Hindi, ‘no doubt we are from ISKCON, but from inside we are all harami porn lovers’.

In his complaint Radharamn Das said that the video was published on many social media platforms and is highly defamatory for the ISKCON organization and for the followers of Hindu society. The language used in the video is highly objectionable and has hurt the sentiments of the followers of Hindu Dharma.

Radharamn Das requested the Commissioner of Police, Mumbai to lodge an FIR under relevant sections against Ms Surleen Kaur and Shemaroo.

Here it is also relevant to mention ISKCON’s contributions of serving 5 crore meals during the COVID lockdown which was recognized by Shemaroo as well in one of its statements, but at the same time using derogatory words and defaming the same organization is an unpardonable offense.

In a similar incident some time ago, another standup comedian Alokesh Sinha during a show used objectionable words regarding Hindu Gods and Goddesses and further made a mockery of Hanuman Chalisa by comparing it with an antibacterial soap. His Westernized upper-middle class audience were seen and heard clapping in the background.

Copy of Complaint Lodged by Ramesh Solanki

A complaint was lodged by Ramesh Solanki, a former Shiv Sena leader against the said standup comedian and the venue partner Habitat Mumbai for promoting such defamation of Hindu deities.

In his complaint, Ramesh Solanki accused the standup comedian Alokesh Sinha for hurting the religious sentiments of Hindus and the followers of Hindu Dharma. Realizing his blunder, the comedian apologized for his cheap comedy. In a video shared by Ramesh Solanki, Alokesh Sinha was seen apologizing for his derogatory remarks against Hindus and Hanuman Chalisa.

Earlier, stand-up comics, Alexander Babu, Munawar Faruqui, Kunal Kamra, AIB and several others have all been exposed for their derogatory anti-Hindu content.

Recently, an online platform Zee5 suspended release of its controversial web series ‘Godman’. The Tamil web series was criticized for its anti-Hindu storyline. The series was scheduled to release on 12th June on the OTT platform.

Anushka Sharma’s Paatal Lok, a Clean Slate Production which was recently released is also getting similar reactions from netizens. Apart from  other issues, people have objected to a particular Hinduphobic scene, where a Sadhu with a Hindu deity’s photograph in the backdrop is shown eating beef. The objectionable scene is in the last episode of the first season of the web series. #BoycottPaatalLok has been trending on social media for some days now.

All in all, the incidents of defamation of Hindu Gods & Goddesses, mockery of Hindu deities, derogatory portrayal of our Rishis and Munis and Hinduphobic media content are on the rise. Yet, Hindus are the one tagged intolerant by the left-liberal elites. It is high time for all Hindus to unite, introspect and act against such deliberate anti-Hindu narratives.

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