Political, social activists file cases against Ram Gopal Varma for tweets on Lord Ganesh

Political and social activists Saturday filed police complaints against Bollywood filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma for his series of objectionable tweets on Lord Ganesh.

By: Indo-Asian News Service | Mumbai | Updated: August 31, 2014 10:09 am
Ram Gopal Varma Friday posted certain tweets and jocular remarks on Lord Ganesh, which many people said were objectionable and in poor taste. Ram Gopal Varma Friday posted certain tweets and jocular remarks on Lord Ganesh, which many people said were objectionable and in poor taste.

Political and social activists Saturday filed police complaints against Bollywood filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma for his series of objectionable tweets on Lord Ganesh, officials said.

Sumit Khambekar, chief of the Mumbai unit of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, and social activist Shahzaad Poonawala filed separate complaints against Varma in police stations in the city.

Khambekar told media persons that Varma’s tweets “hurt the sentiments of a large number of Hindus, especially devotees of Lord Ganesh”.

Poonawala said Varma’s tweets have “angered” not only Maharashtrians but also Muslims of the state.

The 11-day Ganeshotsav is being celebrated across Maharashtra with glittering decorations on roads and bylanes, rows of fairy lights, and patriotic and social themes.

Varma Friday posted certain tweets and jocular remarks on Lord Ganesh, which many people said were objectionable and in poor taste.

Police said they will investigate the case before taking further steps.

Social activists and organisations, including the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, have condemned Varma’s comments and demanded an apology from him as well as police action.

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    Awareness4All
    Aug 31, 2014 at 10:30 am
    REQUEST TO ALL BROTHERS!!!!!!!!!!!THOSE HINDUS WHO ARE ASKING TO PUNISH RGV FOR HUMILIATING THEIR RELIGION HAVE NO RIGHTS TO HUMILIATE THE RELIGION OF OTHERS. THEY SHOULD EITHER GIVE ANSWER TO RGV QUERIES OR PROTEST AGAINST HIM OR JUST SHUT UP. YOUR PROBLEM IS RGV NOT OTHER RELIGIONS. YOU HAVE TO EXPLAIN TO RGV BY GIVING LOGICAL ANSWER, NOT BY FINDING MISTAKES IN OTHER RELIGION. AS YOU DON'T HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF YOUR RELIGION FIRST THEN HOW CAN YOU FIND OUT MISTAKES IN OTHERS RELIGION. GROW UP KIDS!
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      Biltu
      Aug 31, 2014 at 4:59 pm
      True worship of Ganesh is in using our time and resources in stopping the abuse of animals and birds in cages. Elephants and other working animals like horses, bulls, mules and camels are treated with harsh cruelty. Even temples abuse animals.The time and resources spent on pondering over what Mr Varma said would be better utilised in true Ganesh Pooja. The stopping of animal abuse.
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        Ganesh Dore
        Aug 31, 2014 at 6:02 pm
        Hindu way of life is a collection of beliefs and faith. These beliefs lead to a code of conduct that is perhaps the best in the world with minimal contradictions and needless impositions. Right Wing Hindu fanatics have no business insisting all Hindu mythology is a proven fact. ..and Yes , my given name is Ganesh.
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          abc
          Aug 31, 2014 at 6:32 am
          "Was Muhammed really told by God to do what he did which included using force to convert people? Was Killing of so called nonbelievers by Muhammed OK with God?" I SEE YOU DON'T HAVE MUCH KNOWLEDGE ABOUT ISLAM, SO BETTER SHUT UP!
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            aslan
            Sep 1, 2014 at 10:01 am
            Twitter is there to share what they feel...its nothing personal...to hurt anyone
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              true-bihari
              Aug 31, 2014 at 8:48 am
              why you my friend rather than asking people to shut up about Islam do something to bring the real facts of Islam into light
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                Victor Race
                Sep 1, 2014 at 5:06 am
                OHH ur lord gives trash ??? is he a lord or officer
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                  rajkal
                  Aug 31, 2014 at 7:06 am
                  As much as every one has the right to criticise in a democratic country, they should respect the sentiment of the readers also. The view about gods and prophets may differ as belief system is developed from home. I agree that we thrash billions of rupees to keep our belief(blind most of the time), but those rich masters do not open their palm to wipe the tears of poor people who supports the Master's belief. It is ironical is n't it?. But that is they the world has been and will be for ever. 1% of the Indian rich can bring our 40% of PVL Indians to APL. Good luck guys.
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                    kjingar
                    Sep 1, 2014 at 5:22 am
                    Let RGV express his views.The Hindu religion teaches tolerance. Filing cases won't help, will just build pressure on the judiciary.Better would be not to pay attention to his ideas if you don't like.
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                      minna
                      Aug 31, 2014 at 6:24 pm
                      who is accusing other religions ? Some Hindus have filed a case against RGV who is also a Hindu. This has nothing to do with other religions. Regarding giving answers, RGV's questions were clearly not meant for answers. When people ask questions with an inquisitive mind, you should answer. but when people ask questions with an intention to show off and mock the believers of a religion, they are not going to listen to your answers. I am quite capable of answering all his questions. But these are not answers you can explain over a tweet, especially to a person who has very less knowledge of the subject. You cant explain nuclear reaction to a 5 year old over twitter.Personally I think police case is an over reaction. But then Ganesh is favorite deity of Maharashtrians and they did not deserve to be mocked on Ganesh Chaturthi.
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                        Nc Mahapatra
                        Aug 31, 2014 at 9:44 am
                        The best way to bring oneself to the attraction of media and society but Varma should get the trash by the lord himself. Just wait and watch his fate in next few months going to the lowest to already lower one...
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                          Claudius
                          Aug 31, 2014 at 4:59 am
                          All these religious s have nothing better to do in their life.
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                            Jugal Kishore Sharma
                            Aug 31, 2014 at 10:59 am
                            Varma's Star nowadays in futile. Some of them was past act, when Mumbai's face with stani Attacker He is find clue for a making of movies. Now he tainted face and scourge from his mindset
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                              sk
                              Aug 31, 2014 at 1:11 pm
                              how will jeasus save others when he himself got crucified, how will allah save others when he could not help mohammed to flee from mecca to madina, how can mohammed commit a crime of child marriage and either marry or have 19 wives/unmarried women? can such a man be called a prophet?
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                                Saud
                                Aug 31, 2014 at 9:06 am
                                Request you to please provide at least one reference proving Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) forced people to accept Islam. You will instead find evidence to the contrary. Same goes about killing non-believers on the command of God. The command of god was to fight those who are against their acceptance of Islam and it was mere defense. There have been minimal offensive wars in Islam. You have made very loose statements while yourself speaking of things like 'unrealistic' and 'unscientific' both of which demand a reason-based, supported-by-evidence inquiry before making judgments. Now, calmy back to the topic. I do not know what RGV has exactly said, but i am personally against making derogatory statements that vilify or mock gods of any religion. Be it Jesus, or Ganesha. Why? Because, it serves no purpose except create animosity amongst people of other faiths. I will not say the same about godmen though; which has become a huge business on its own, further blinding people and drowning them in disbelief. Anyway, so everyone's beliefs can look wayward and baffling from some perspective or the other. Even an atheist's. Peaceful co-existence is the way to go. But you are free to invite people to your religion/way without resorting to violence or personal insinuations.
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                                  Sundeep
                                  Sep 1, 2014 at 2:43 am
                                  Bollywood and the Commeners should bycott Ram Gopal Verma for blatantly hurting the feelings of all Hindus
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                                    guest
                                    Aug 31, 2014 at 5:25 am
                                    Varma I see is a brave man. He has the courage to make fun of Hindu beliefs. He should have that right in a democratic country and India is one even during BJP rule. I only hope he is brave enough to criticize unrealistic and unscientific beliefs of other religions as well. Does Verma think Jesus really resurrected? Did Jesus turn water to wine? Did he really walk on water? Was Muhammed really told by God to do what he did which included using force to convert people? Was Killing of so called nonbelievers by Muhammed OK with God? For that matter why would God ever tell one person among billions of us the truth and leave the rest of humanity in the darkness and at the mercy of these "messengers" or "Son of God" or reincarnation of the gods? Brave Varma, we will be waiting in Christmas and EID for your enlightened comments on the rationality of beliefs of these religions too.
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