By Staff Reporter
- Lord Ganesha Denigration on Highway: PWD will take action (16 Jul 07)
- HJS lodges complaint at police station in Chiplun (5 Jul 07)
- HJS perseveres: denigrating banner of Ganesh removed (30 Jun 07)
- HJS’ representation for removal of board denigrating Sree Ganesha (29 Jun 07)
- Traffic Police denigrate Sree Ganesha on National Highway (26 Jun 07)
Ratnagiri (Maharashtra): A banner denigrating Lord Ganesha was displayed on the national highway at Chiplun by Public Works Department (PWD). In this context, the Chief Engineer of PWD has issued order to take necessary action against the concerned. A letter to the above effect has been received by Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS).
The banners were prepared for educating two-wheeler riders to make use of helmets. It showed Lord Ganesha asking people “I got another head but will you?” A representation was given by HJS for such mockery of Lord Ganesha to the Regional Dept.
Now instructions have been issued to executive engineers to personally look into the matter whether such kind of banners were instructed to be out up by the Government and if so, a copy of the instruction is to be sent to the Chief Engineer. If the banners were displayed by Regional Office, explanation may be sought from the concerned officers/ workers and may be presented along with the opinion of executive engineer. HJS had demanded to take action against the concerned and accordingly instructions have been issued to remove such banners immediately and conduct enquiry with a report to be submitted at the earliest.
July 5, 2007
Chiplun (Maharashtra): Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) lodged a complaint with the Chiplun police station against the banner displayed on national Highway No. 17 about advocating use of helmet and denigrating Sree Ganesha. Shri. Pawar, the police inspector of the police station assured that necessary action would be taken against the concerned.
Shri. Jayaram Shinde lodged the complaint about denigration of Sree Ganesha on behalf of HJS. It has been demanded in the complaint that necessary action may be taken against all concerned for hurting religious sentiments of Hindus. A copy of the complaint addressed to the Chief Engineer, Regional Public Works Department, Mumbai was also submitted to the Police Inspector. Shri. Pawar said that the Government blamed officials for doing such foolish things and assured to take necessary action.
Similar complaints were also lodged with the police stations at Ratnagiri, with a copy to the District Collector and chief engineer PWD. It was demanded that although the banners have since been removed, action should be taken against the responsible persons. An assurance was given to HJS members and other devout Hindus present on the occasion that instructions would be issued to avoid such mistakes in future.
Ratnagiri (Maharashtra): At the Pagmala junction on the Mumbai-Goa national highway no. 17, in Chiplun, a banner provoking two wheeler riders to wear helmets was put up. The seat of worship of the Hindus, Lord Ganesh was used in the advertisement in a vulgar manner. The caption read Sree Ganesh uttering, ‘I have found another head, what about you? Use a helmet’! In response to the agitation launched by the HJS to protest against this denigration, the government was compelled to remove the banner at once.
Stating that this advertisement has hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus, the HJS yesterday served a memorandum on the District Collector and Police Inspector. The acting Deputy Collector Farog Mukadam promised to look into the matter. The Police Sub-Inspector on duty, Shri Mohan Pavar promised to remove not only this banner but also similar ones immediately.
The spokesperson for the HJS proclaimed that they shall ensure that similar banners put up elsewhere are also removed, as at Chiplun. He said that repeated protests against such denigration of Hindu deities is occurring all over and that this Samiti will strive till action is taken against the erring and a written apology is procured from them.
Member of Legislative Council Shri Sanjay Kelkar promises to take up this matter at the monsoon session of the assembly
Ratnagiri: Representative to the Konkan Teachers Voters Association and Member of the State Legislative Council, Shri Sanjay Kelkar who was on a visit to Ratnagiri recently met members of the HJS in his official rest house whom he accompanied to the site of the agitation. He condemned this denigration of Hindu deities on banners especially by the government. He threatened that if this banner were not removed with immediate effect then he would pose this question suitably at the upcoming monsoon session of the assembly.
Ratnagiri (Maharashtra): On Mumbai-Goa Highway No. 17, a board has been displayed to educate two-wheeler riders on use of helmet. It is shown that Sree Ganesha is saying “I got another head but will you? Use helmet.” Such disgraceful mockery of Sree Ganesha has hurt religious sentiments of Hindus and necessary action may be taken against the concerned, was the demand made by HJS in the representation. The representation meant for the District Collector (DC) and Superintendent of Police (SP) was accepted by Shri. Mohan Pawar, Dy. SP and Farokh Mukadam, the Dy. District Collector on behalf of the SP and DC respectively. It was assured to the members of HJS that the matter would be looked into. Shri. Pawar rendered apology and promised that such board will be removed immediately. Shri Pawar also told the members of HJS that he would have removed the board even if the complaint would have been made over phone. He agreed that it was wrong to make mockery of Sree Ganesha. He informed that the banners are displayed by Highway Security branch, Mumbai and he would inform the concerned department immediately.
The representation says that Sree Ganesha is worshipped by all Hindus. It is very contemptible that Sree Ganesha has been ridiculed in an advertisement published by a Government department hurting feelings of all Hindus. Such banners should be immediately removed and the concerned department should publicly apologize to all Hindus; else all Hindus will stage a statewide agitation. A copy of the representation has also been sent to the Governor, Chief Minister and the Director General of Police.
In the meanwhile, there has been confusion in the Traffic Police Department about who have put up such board. The Police Inspector of Ratnagiri said that the banners were put up by the Public Works Department. But officer in the said department was also not very sure.
Denigration of Lord Ganesha By Traffice Police of Maharashtra
June 26, 2007
Chiplun (Maharashtra): Disgraceful mockery has been made of Sree Ganesha on Mumbai-Goa National Highway No. 17 by Traffic Department of police. A banner has been put up about safety in using helmets while riding two-wheelers. In this banner, Sree Ganesha is saying, “I got another head. Would you get it? Use helmet.”
The Mumbai – Goa National Highway comes under Public Construction Department. Permission was sought by the Traffic Department to display banners which was granted in April-May. The above denigration was observed in some of the banners displayed by the Traffic Dept. on Chiplun to Mandangad and Chiplun to Sakharpa road. Traffic Dept. has prepared banners with such slogans/ catch words in view of impending Ganesh festival. A booklet has been published by Traffic Police at Thane in which too there is denigration of Sree Ganesha.
(All Hindus must strongly protest against State govt. Traffic Department of police for denigrating Lord Ganesha! – Editor)