Tuesday June 25, 2019

Japanese Animation series Dragon Ball Super portrays Lord Ganesh as one of the ‘evil gods of destruction’

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Lord Ganesha, Pixabay

Japan, Feb 8, 2017: Dragon Ball Super is a popular Japanese animated television series, which released its fifth season Universe Survival Saga and has faced overt criticism from a community leader from the US over the portrayal of Lord Ganesha as one of the eight ‘evil gods of destruction’.

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“It is trivialisation of our highly revered deity and a distortion Lord Ganesha is worshipped as god of wisdom and remover of obstacles and was invoked before the beginning of any major undertaking,” said Rajan Zed, a social activist in a statement on his website.

Dragon Ball Super Opening Logo, Wikimedia

Zed urged Toei Animation Company Limited of Tokyo, the producers, and FUNimation Entertainment of Texas to withdraw the character from the series which resembled Lord Ganesha. “Inappropriate usage of Hindu deities or concepts for commercial purposes is not okay as it hurts the devotees,” he said to PTI.

“Hinduism is the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and a rich philosophical thought. It should not be taken frivolously. Symbols of any faith, larger or smaller, should not be mishandled,” Zed noted.

prepared by Shambhavi Sinha of NewsGram. Twitter:  @shambhavispeaks

 

  • Joe

    You want to talk about misinformation, and all the while people from all over the world are correcting you on your piss poor article; you have no idea what you are talking about. I know what this is trying to achieve, and I don’t believe for one second that it “matters” to anyone whether it came from the US, or from an uneducated agenda that stinks of pure dog shit and screams stupidity, and a most saddening hypocrisy in all, but no, the origin of the matter, that only matters to you, a nameless incompetent, a nobody in the field of journalism; you are a nobody, a nothing of a “correspondent” again, I know your intentions. Perhaps you should know that there are many extinct religions which happen to predate Hinduism, the fact that it is a scripted religion disproves it’s title as “oldest” and even Jainism is the oldest known religion in the world in that regard. This character is not Ganesh, nor does he represent anything “real” in our history. He is quite possibly the Lord and God of Destruction of Universe 10, in a fictional multiverse, that exists in a plane whose pillars are founded on neutrality, balance, and peace. Also in short, there does not exist any season 4, 3, nor 2, not even season 1 for this show, I cannot fathom where you’ve happened upon this “fifth” season you speak of. You have failed, and maybe your country, and community would do well, and far better to OBJECTIVELY report on the current state of India as a nation, which is deplorable, $130 billion in public funds spent on statues and not on, yes, the public itself.

  • Joe

    You want to talk about misinformation, and all the while people from all over the world are correcting you on your pis’poor article; you have no idea what you are talking about. I know what this is trying to achieve, and I don’t believe for one second that it “matters” to anyone whether it came from the US, or from an uneducated agenda that stinks of pure ignorance and screams stupidity, and a most saddening hypocrisy in all, but no, the origin of the matter, that only matters to you, a nameless incompetent, a nobody in the field of journalism; you are a nobody, a nothing of a “correspondent” again, I know your intentions. Perhaps you should know that there are many extinct religions which happen to predate Hinduism, the fact that it is a scripted religion disproves it’s title as “oldest” and even Jainism is the oldest known religion in the world in that regard. This character is not Ganesh, nor does he represent anything “real” in our history. He is quite possibly the Lord and God of Destruction of Universe 10, in a fictional multiverse, that exists in a plane whose pillars are founded on neutrality, balance, and peace. Also in short, there does not exist any season 4, 3, nor 2, not even season 1 for this show, I cannot fathom where you’ve happened upon this “fifth” season you speak of. You have failed, and maybe your country, and community would do well, and far better to OBJECTIVELY report on the current state of India as a nation, which is deplorable, $130 billion in public funds spent on statues and not on, yes, the public itself. Shameful. Thats all.

  • Manu_Fan

    I belong to Hindu religion. I watch dragon ball super. There is absolutely nothing offending in Dragon ball super. This article is bull shit. First of all its just an Anime. The anime has no religious agenda nothing. Dragon ball Z/super always had characters with funny shapes(To show that those characters are aliens from other planets) . The recent episodes feature a character with elephants head and humans body. Thats all. Cant an Anime/movie or anything have evil characters with beards because he may resemble jesus christ? What kind of thinking is this? If any one here is demeaning Hindu religion, that is the so called Hindu social activist supposedly being offended by dragon ball super. I request the so called Hindu social activist to read Bhahavad Gita.

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  • Joe

    You want to talk about misinformation, and all the while people from all over the world are correcting you on your piss poor article; you have no idea what you are talking about. I know what this is trying to achieve, and I don’t believe for one second that it “matters” to anyone whether it came from the US, or from an uneducated agenda that stinks of pure dog shit and screams stupidity, and a most saddening hypocrisy in all, but no, the origin of the matter, that only matters to you, a nameless incompetent, a nobody in the field of journalism; you are a nobody, a nothing of a “correspondent” again, I know your intentions. Perhaps you should know that there are many extinct religions which happen to predate Hinduism, the fact that it is a scripted religion disproves it’s title as “oldest” and even Jainism is the oldest known religion in the world in that regard. This character is not Ganesh, nor does he represent anything “real” in our history. He is quite possibly the Lord and God of Destruction of Universe 10, in a fictional multiverse, that exists in a plane whose pillars are founded on neutrality, balance, and peace. Also in short, there does not exist any season 4, 3, nor 2, not even season 1 for this show, I cannot fathom where you’ve happened upon this “fifth” season you speak of. You have failed, and maybe your country, and community would do well, and far better to OBJECTIVELY report on the current state of India as a nation, which is deplorable, $130 billion in public funds spent on statues and not on, yes, the public itself.

  • Joe

    You want to talk about misinformation, and all the while people from all over the world are correcting you on your pis’poor article; you have no idea what you are talking about. I know what this is trying to achieve, and I don’t believe for one second that it “matters” to anyone whether it came from the US, or from an uneducated agenda that stinks of pure ignorance and screams stupidity, and a most saddening hypocrisy in all, but no, the origin of the matter, that only matters to you, a nameless incompetent, a nobody in the field of journalism; you are a nobody, a nothing of a “correspondent” again, I know your intentions. Perhaps you should know that there are many extinct religions which happen to predate Hinduism, the fact that it is a scripted religion disproves it’s title as “oldest” and even Jainism is the oldest known religion in the world in that regard. This character is not Ganesh, nor does he represent anything “real” in our history. He is quite possibly the Lord and God of Destruction of Universe 10, in a fictional multiverse, that exists in a plane whose pillars are founded on neutrality, balance, and peace. Also in short, there does not exist any season 4, 3, nor 2, not even season 1 for this show, I cannot fathom where you’ve happened upon this “fifth” season you speak of. You have failed, and maybe your country, and community would do well, and far better to OBJECTIVELY report on the current state of India as a nation, which is deplorable, $130 billion in public funds spent on statues and not on, yes, the public itself. Shameful. Thats all.

  • Manu_Fan

    I belong to Hindu religion. I watch dragon ball super. There is absolutely nothing offending in Dragon ball super. This article is bull shit. First of all its just an Anime. The anime has no religious agenda nothing. Dragon ball Z/super always had characters with funny shapes(To show that those characters are aliens from other planets) . The recent episodes feature a character with elephants head and humans body. Thats all. Cant an Anime/movie or anything have evil characters with beards because he may resemble jesus christ? What kind of thinking is this? If any one here is demeaning Hindu religion, that is the so called Hindu social activist supposedly being offended by dragon ball super. I request the so called Hindu social activist to read Bhahavad Gita.

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Our leaders’ Anger Against Jai Shri Ram may Burn Hindu Culture to Ashes

Mamata’s hands are stained with the blood. Her regime witnessed n-number of violent massacres. She is responsible for ruining countless households. She is also responsible for breaking the hearts of innumerable women who have become widows, and their children orphans

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The Bengal CM had immediately stopped her car and got down to scold the people around who had chanted “Jai Shri Ram”.

By Salil Gewali

If a leader loses his cool at the drop of the head than he is not a real leader. Anger and leadership scarcely go together. The recent number of video clips that went viral has further dented the credibility of the Bengal Chief Minister. It all looks like a comical drama of fury, and obviously unbecoming of any leaders. What is awfully disgusting is that a phrase dedicated to God could bring out a load of nasty abuses!

The Bengal CM had immediately stopped her car and got down to scold the people around who had chanted “Jai Shri Ram”. She did not hold back to arrest them. One wonders how sane citizens of India look at this. Could Bengal CM do the same with people from other faiths? Muslim community offer their NAMAZ on the roads blocking the public and the vehicular movement. Mamata has never uttered a whimper against this, much less taking a legal action. Mamata’s Bengal is literally an epitome of “discrimination and injustice”. Well, it is not proper to provoke anyone. But why on earth does Bengal CM get so easily provoked when she herself has “provoked” the majority of the natives in the state?

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Mamta Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal. Wikimedia Commons

The natives of Bengal have reacted by screaming “Jai Shri Ram” out of their sheer frustration – which is their way of expressing their pent-up anger towards the maverick CM. The present Lok Sabha election result has made the people a little bolder. It has also become quite obvious how the native Bengali detest Mamata’s misrule. Needless to say, Mamata’s hands are stained with the blood. Her regime witnessed n-number of violent massacres. She is responsible for ruining countless households. She is also responsible for breaking the hearts of innumerable women who have become widows, and their children orphans. The ground reality and the condition of those bereaved families are inexplicably pathetic. Practically no one to support them. One TMC MP – Subhasish Chakraborty has further instructed his party people not to allow Hindus to vote in future.

Is Bengal Chief Minister truly aware of the meaning and intention of this sacred phrase?  The literary translation of “Jai Shri Ram” is — Jai – victoryShri – riches of the material world,Ram – riches of the spiritual world which essentially means –  bliss. For a spiritual seeker, it is highly recommended to chant in order to dispel the fear, material anxiety and be free from the worldly faults, which is intended to overcome the cycle of births and deaths. The final purpose being the mergence with the Almighty. As God cannot be “separated” from our moment to moment action, apart from chanting in meditation, it is also prescribed to use while greeting others too.  The more, the merrier.

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The literary translation of “Jai Shri Ram” is — Jai – victory, Shri – riches of the material world, Ram – riches of the spiritual world which essentially means – bliss. Wikimedia Commons

Is it not a grand idea, much bigger, much profound than what we can ever think of? Nothing could be so disgraceful than the fact that most of the “pearls of wisdom” of ancient India have been purposely distorted or misinterpreted, or even portrayed with the wrong descriptions by some vested interest. Therefore, now in the mainstream anything connected with ancient India and the culture is seen with contempt.

ALSO READ: Mamata Accused Parties for Spreading Hatred, Called ‘Shameless Politics’

On the other hand, why does this sacred Hindu phrase of holy name set off the anger of the head of the state? Being the Chief Minister and showing direct contempt for particular faith only has only sent out the wrong message.  It’s totally unwarranted, it’s unconstitutional and spiritually sinful too. Why are the custodians of the constitution silent and not taking any step? Does it not amount to the full acceptance of the brutish “might is right” of the olden days — which is prevalent now Bengal? Why is the democracy not in danger now?  One is afraid, how much bloodshed and the terror to roar before the Centre take the decisive action. No CM should take the native and its culture hostage and live off the country’s resources.  Mind out, our leaders’ anger against ‘Jai Shri Ram’ or ‘Sabarimala’…. may burn Hindu culture to ashes.

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali 

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