Saviour needs saving? Social media erupts over Lord Swaminarayan dressed in RSS khaki

Jun 08, 2016, 19:14 IST | mid-day online correspondent

A Surat-based temple dressing up the idol of Lord Swaminarayan in the khaki outfit of a RSS pracharak has caused a major storm on social media platforms with people criticising the move

Controversies seem to be around every corner in India nowadays. There is a new one every day. With social media trends suggesting the current favourite that have caught the attention of the nation. From 'Udta Punjab' to Sadhvi Prachi to Lawyers Collective, people protesting against 'injustices' and 'perceived wrongs' is at its height on social media.  

The latest one to have caught the attention of people on social media was the authorities of a Surat-based temple dressing up the idol of Lord Swaminarayan in the khaki uniform of a RSS pracharak.

The issue came to light after a picture, in which Lord Swaminarayan can be seen donning the Sangh outfit -- white shirt tucked into a baggy khaki shorts with black cap and black shoes on, holding the national flag in one hand -- went viral on social media platforms.

The idol dressed up in RSS outfit kicked up a storm on social media and politicians jumping into the fray to have their say.



As usual there were some who supported the move:

Seeking to play down the controversy, Swami Vishwaprakashji of the temple, which is situated in Laskana area of Surat, said the dress was gifted by a local devotee a couple of days back and it was the normal practice of showing
the idol in different dresses.

"We have a common practice of presenting the idol in various dresses. This RSS uniform was given to us by a devotee. We do not have any other agenda. We did not know that it will create a controversy," Vishwaprakashji said. 

Notwithstanding denials by the temple authorities of having any intention of endorsing the views of the right-wing organisation, Congress leader Shankersinh Vaghela said they must refrain from such activities.

"What do you want to prove by dressing up the God in khaki shorts? I pity those who have done that. Today, you have dressed the Lord in RSS uniform, tomorrow you will dress the idol in BJP's uniform. This is very unfortunate," Vaghela said.

Gujarat BJP chief Vijay Rupani also said that it should not have been done. "I am really surprised. I don't approve such action," he said.

Here are some of the controversies doing the round since the start of the month:

Chairman of Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA) Ram Bahadur Rai stoked a controversy by questioning Dr B R Ambedkar's role in framing of the Constitution and describing it as a "myth".

VHP leader Sadhvi Prachi on Tuesday claimed the mission of a Congress-free India had already been "accomplished" and it is now time to rid the country of Muslims.

The licence of Senior advocate and former Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Indira Jaising’s NGO, Lawyers Collective (LC) was on June 1 suspended by the Modi government for six months for alleged violation of FCRA by using the funds for rallies, dharna with political "hue and colour", a charge denied by the association which termed it as an act of "vindictiveness".

Anurag Kashyap, Shahid Kapoor, Pahlaj Nihalani
Anurag Kashyap, Shahid Kapoor, Pahlaj Nihalani

The controversy surrounding censorship of upcoming Bollywood film 'Udta Punjab' is escalating with the filmmakers taking on the Censor Board and the battle now shifting to the Bombay High Court. The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) informed the Bombay High Court on Wednesday, that they had granted 'A' certificate to the drug-themed movie after ordering 13 cuts.

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