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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Is The Royal Mail Stamping out Hinduism?

November 7, 2005
Hindu Human Rights UK

We at Hindu Human Rights would like to express our growing concern at the reaction of the Royal Mail to protests by Hindu groups here in the UK. For those that are not aware of the situation, the Royal Mail has issued Christmas stamps depicting an offensive painting of Hindus worshiping Jesus. So far the Royal Mail has shown a dismissive and apathetic attitude towards the concerns expressed by the Hindu community and it is for this reason that we have chosen to voice our opinion on this matter.

We ask the Royal Mail to take the concerns of the Hindu community seriously and to reconsider their refusal to approach the Hindu community over this issue. Further, we request the immediate withdrawal from sale of the said offensive stamps. To our knowledge the Royal Mail has not consulted with any mainstream Hindu organisation or group before deciding to use Hindu imagery for their Christmas stamps. It is precisely because of this ignorant behaviour, which we have found to be quite prevalent, that we find ourselves in this situation.

For many this may seem like a trivial and harmless matter but we ask people to look into the wider context of this issue. There is a deep irony in that, because while the Royal Mail is issuing stamps depicting Hindus with tilaks (head markings) worshiping the Jesus, Hindus in Christian-dominated North-eastern India are banned from even walking down the street with those tilaks and face attacks from Christian Extremists if they even dare to openly perform any Hindu worship.

It is for this reason that we also request Royal Mail and the British Government to publicly investigate and uncover right wing Christian groups operating here in the UK, who prey on the innocent public to raise and transfer funds (most probably using Royal Mail) to promote intolerant, extremist and even terrorist behaviour in India. Their aim obviously being the destruction of indigenous cultures around the world and in particular, that of Hinduism and Hindu civilization in India. This is clearly illustrated on Evangelical television channels and websites which repeatedly defame Hinduism as being satanic and a demon worshiping cult that needs to be cleansed by the mass-conversion programs of the Christian missions which happen to be heavily funded by the Western countries. If they have their way, soon there won't be any Hindus left to worship Hindu Deities, just like the fate of the indigenous Deities and philosophies of Africa and other continents.

We ask the Royal Mail and the British Government to consider the plight of those Hindus in North-Eastern India who have not been able to celebrate Diwali this year in the fear of being attacked in the name of Christ.

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