17th November, 2015
On 30th October, 2015, IABCA (India Australia Business & Community Awards), were organised in Sydney.
Website of the Organisers’ is http://www.iabca.com.au
I don’t have any issues with these awards or the organisers specifically.
Many others and I however have serious concerns about use of the idols of Hinduism deity, God Ganesh, on the tables of the event.
I outline the concerns:
- God Ganesh is a religious deity of Hinduism, not a piece of decoration on the tables of the events,
- Non-veg food and Alcohol were served at the tables, which compounds the offense,
- Consul General (CG) of India, Mr Sunjay Sudhir, Multiculturalism NSW Chair, Dr Harry Harinath, and NSW Premier, Mr Mike Baird attended the event,
- Premier will obviously not know the significance and appropriateness of God Ganesh’s idols on the tables, but CG, Mr Sunjay Sudhir and Dr Harry Harinath should have known about the importance and appropriateness of these idols on the tables, and should have acted then and there to get this rectified.
After I was contacted by several people, I wrote to the organisers.
In your recent event, I understand that there were Lord Ganesha’s idols on the tables. I also understand that Alcohol and non-veg food were served for people at the tables.
Any reason or justification for these idols?
Their response is copied below.
“We appreciate the note below, valid point and we did not think of it like that at all. Thank you for taking time out to point this to us, we do about 35 events annually and sometimes these things in busy moment may get overseen.
It was a genuine mistake as you question below, in fact it was there as a sign of our culture. Apologies, we make note that this will never occur again and appreciate you reaching out.
Sonia Gandhi Director, Gandhi Creations Pty. Ltd.
Hindus in Australia have raised their concerns about inappropriate use of symbols and deities of Hinduism many times over the last several years.
It is not appropriate to use symbols and deities belonging to Hinduism, because such use is disrespectful and hurtful to Hindus.
Contrary to the claims by the organisers, I don’t believe it is a sign of culture or promotion of culture to put statues or idols of God Ganesh on the tables of the event.
My purpose to write this post is to make people aware about inappropriate use of symbols and deities of Hinduism, and encourage them to desist from using them inappropriately.
Dr Yadu Singh