Upset Hindus are urging The City of Edinburgh Council to halt the funding to Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) for its collaboration in the mockery of Hindu gods.
City governments should not be in the business of using taxpayer’s money to fund projects which patronize sacrilege, blatant belittling of “other” traditions and ridiculing entire communities; distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed pointed out in a statement in Nevada (USA).
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged Edinburgh’s Lord Provost and Lord Lieutenant Frank Ross, Council Leader Adam McVey, Councillors, Chief Executive Andrew Kerr, Culture and Communities Committee Convener Donald Wilson to seriously relook into EIF funding, displaying City’s claimed commitment “to improving equality, inclusion and diversity across Edinburgh”.
Rajan Zed had stated that Hindus were for free artistic expression and speech as much as anybody else if not more. But faith was something sacred and attempts at trivializing it hurt the adherents.
Besides hurting the sentiments, any misrepresentation created confusion among non-Hindus about Hinduism. Insensitive handling of faith traditions sometimes resulted in pillaging serious spiritual doctrines and revered symbols; Zed had remarked and added that attempts at distorting of Hindu gods and goddesses would be slighting of ancient Hindu traditions.
Hinduism was the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about 1.2 billion adherents and a rich philosophical thought and it should not be taken frivolously. No faith, larger or smaller, should be mishandled, Rajan Zed had noted.