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

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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.

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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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  • 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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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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Indian cuisine in FIFA World cup
Indian dishes available in Moscow during FIFA World Cup 2018, representational image, wikimedia commons

June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia
FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)