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VHP furious as holy bikinis hit Godhra streets
NewIndPress ^ | Friday July 2 2004

Posted on 07/02/2004 8:53:35 AM PDT by Stoat

GODHRA: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Thursday protested in Godhra town against lingerie emblazoned with Hindu deities. The lingerie, which inspired various international designers in UK and US, had already met with massive protests from Hindu groups on displaying their culture in derogatory and bad taste.

The undergarments, with images of what looks like Lord Vishnu, Lord Ram and Lord Krishna were originally designed by Italian designer Roberto Cavalli earlier this year.

The lingerie is being sold openly on the streets in Godhra which sparked statewide riots in Gujarat in 2002 killing nearly 1,000 people, mainly Muslims.

VHP activist Rakesh Thakrey expressed anguish at the lingerie being sold in India.

"Earlier the undergarments bearing the images of Hindu gods were being sold in foreign countries. The Hindu groups had protested against this. Then the sale was stopped but now they are trying to sell them off in India. They are trying to make this reach every house," said Thakrey.

Babubhai Patel, another activist, said, "We cannot tolerate this nonsense. Such images of gods and goddesses on undergarments is derogatory. And this is an attack on our culture, we cannot tolerate this insult."

Till now, toilet seat covers, boxes of tissues, shoes, sandals and finger puppets have all been tracked down as bearing "offensive" images, variously of Lord Krishna, Ram, Saraswati and so on.

The campaign comes just months after Britain's increasingly-vocal Hindus protested against a Merchant-Ivory film's plans to cast "sex icon" rock star Tina Turner in the role of Goddess Kali.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: bikini; hindu; india; religion; riot

1 posted on 07/02/2004 8:53:35 AM PDT by Stoat
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To: Stoat
This from a religion in which people having sex in various positions are carved into temple friezes? From the country that gave the world the Kama Sutra? Pinch me, I quite don't believe it.
2 posted on 07/02/2004 8:56:34 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Stoat

Can't say as I blame them. I wouldn't want my deity on my skivvies either.


3 posted on 07/02/2004 8:57:13 AM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: Stoat; The Scourge of Yazid

OH please Tina Turner is hardly a 'sex icon'. She's be perfect. Obviously they've never seen Tommy or Mad Max *LOL*


4 posted on 07/02/2004 8:58:46 AM PDT by cyborg
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To: Stoat
VHP furious as holy bikinis hit Godhra streets



Holy bikinis, Batman!

5 posted on 07/02/2004 8:59:51 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown" -- harpseal)
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To: cyborg
Yea. Verily.

The years have not been kind to Lady Tina.

6 posted on 07/02/2004 9:01:04 AM PDT by The Scourge of Yazid ("Sanity is a madness put to good use." (Santayana.)
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To: cyborg
She's be perfect.

Huh? Hopped up on the beeber a tad early, no?

7 posted on 07/02/2004 9:01:40 AM PDT by Shryke (Never retreat. Never explain. Get it done and let them howl.)
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To: The Scourge of Yazid

What! have you seen Tina lately? she looks good for someone who has not had any plastic surgery and almost 70. She's been campaigning to play this part for years anyway.


8 posted on 07/02/2004 9:02:48 AM PDT by cyborg
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To: Shryke

No *lol* Tina has been gunning for this part for a while. It's something she's quite passionate about. I think she'll be great.


9 posted on 07/02/2004 9:03:50 AM PDT by cyborg
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To: Sunshine Sister
I wouldn't want my deity on my skivvies either.

Already been done.

10 posted on 07/02/2004 9:08:24 AM PDT by Leroy S. Mort
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To: Sunshine Sister

"Can't say as I blame them. I wouldn't want my deity on my skivvies either"

Agreed. The article doesn't say this directly, but it does say that "mainly Muslims" were killed in related rioting, so would it be safe to assume that this is a case of Muslim merchants selling this stuff in an intentional attempt to slander and insult another "infidel" religion?

"Doesn't play well with others" is something to consider for the Mohammedans' report cards.


11 posted on 07/02/2004 9:09:07 AM PDT by Stoat
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To: cyborg

Yeah, but she's no Martha, from "Martha and the Vendellas", now is she?


12 posted on 07/02/2004 9:09:09 AM PDT by The Scourge of Yazid ("Sanity is a madness put to good use." (Santayana.)
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To: Leroy S. Mort

You know if I had not seen this I would have said you have got to be kidding. I wouldn't dream of purchasing such a garment.


13 posted on 07/02/2004 9:10:59 AM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: goldstategop

Can't say as I blame them. I wouldn't want my deity on my skivvies either.


14 posted on 07/02/2004 9:12:21 AM PDT by Cronos (W2K4)
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To: Cronos; Sunshine Sister

ref posts #3 & 14. Nothing like singing from the same hymnal.


15 posted on 07/02/2004 9:17:59 AM PDT by Leroy S. Mort
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To: Stoat

Holey bikinis?


16 posted on 07/02/2004 9:21:01 AM PDT by freepy smurf (Brought to you by The Frog Council. 'Frog: the other green meat.')
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To: Leroy S. Mort

What is it that they say about brilliant thinkers?


17 posted on 07/02/2004 9:35:38 AM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: goldstategop
This from a religion in which people having sex in various positions are carved into temple friezes? From the country that gave the world the Kama Sutra? Pinch me, I quite don't believe it.

Obviously you haven't read The DaVinci Code yet. And you live in the country that gave the world Hustler Magazine. And Playboy, and Penthouse, and, and... (Well, so do I.)

Please let us not get too high and mighty with other cultures that we do not fully understand.

18 posted on 07/02/2004 9:45:41 AM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: Sunshine Sister; Chronos
I thought your deities were IN your skivvies......LOL
19 posted on 07/02/2004 9:48:23 AM PDT by ken5050 (We've looked for WMD in Iraq for LESS time than Hillary looked for the Rose Law firm billing records)
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To: ken5050

I'm not touching that one!


20 posted on 07/02/2004 9:54:03 AM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: Stoat

Humorless idiots. No shortage of them all around the world.

Tina as Kali. Cool.


21 posted on 07/02/2004 9:54:04 AM PDT by swarthyguy
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To: Sunshine Sister
"I'm not touching that one!"

I'm not touching THAT one, either!!!!

22 posted on 07/02/2004 10:02:11 AM PDT by ken5050 (We've looked for WMD in Iraq for LESS time than Hillary looked for the Rose Law firm billing records)
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To: ken5050

Boy howdy did this conversation go down hill fast! Thanks for the grins!


23 posted on 07/02/2004 10:07:10 AM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: Sunshine Sister

Look...all I know is that I didn't start it...


24 posted on 07/02/2004 10:08:04 AM PDT by ken5050 (We've looked for WMD in Iraq for LESS time than Hillary looked for the Rose Law firm billing records)
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To: ken5050; Lazamataz; Cronos

>>I thought your deities were IN your skivvies......

That's the Lazman.


25 posted on 07/02/2004 10:12:56 AM PDT by swarthyguy
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To: swarthyguy

False Gods..


26 posted on 07/02/2004 10:14:39 AM PDT by ken5050 (We've looked for WMD in Iraq for LESS time than Hillary looked for the Rose Law firm billing records)
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To: ken5050

Lets let swarthyguy end it! Now Laz has to respond!


27 posted on 07/02/2004 10:18:24 AM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: Sunshine Sister

I'm done....y'all have a great 4th...


28 posted on 07/02/2004 10:19:21 AM PDT by ken5050 (We've looked for WMD in Iraq for LESS time than Hillary looked for the Rose Law firm billing records)
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To: swarthyguy
Tina as Kali. Cool.

Ike better watch his @ss!

29 posted on 07/02/2004 10:23:08 AM PDT by headsonpikes (Spirit of '76 bttt!)
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To: Sunshine Sister

Listen, sister, let the spirit of Shiva enter you, yeah, that's it, just say Om, ....beats church, doesn't it....


30 posted on 07/02/2004 10:24:53 AM PDT by swarthyguy
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To: Lazamataz

Gotham humor, perfect.


31 posted on 07/02/2004 10:26:43 AM PDT by gathersnomoss
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To: cyborg
Ahhhhh, you meant "she'd". Perhaps I've had a touch to much red-haired beeber.
32 posted on 07/02/2004 10:37:15 AM PDT by Shryke (Never retreat. Never explain. Get it done and let them howl.)
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To: Shryke

I'm getting an early start on holiday festivities ;-)


33 posted on 07/02/2004 10:44:54 AM PDT by cyborg
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To: Leroy S. Mort

Good heavens! I had to see it to believe it! Just when you think things can't get more outrageous.


34 posted on 07/02/2004 10:48:16 AM PDT by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: swarthyguy

Spirit of what??? Who? I think I'll let the spirit of Budweiser in. Yeah that'll be good!


35 posted on 07/02/2004 10:48:41 AM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: Stoat

Well not only mainly Muslims but also Christian nuns,priests&commoners+ lower caste folks have been killed,raped or assaulted by the VHP&its sister organisation-the Bajrang Dal.For most sane Indians the VHP is a queer cross between a high voltage version of the KKK&mild Islamic terror(if there exists anything like moderation in Islam!!!!!!!).
A few years ago their slogan went something along the lines-
"First the Muslims,then the Christians".
These guys are real nuts-during the Gujarat riots of 2002-there were confirmed reports of their mobs tearing upon the wombs of pregnant Muslim women&burning the Foetus-such was the extent of the carnage-U'd have to be in India to understand the horror it arose-though many Muslim organisations tried to make propaganda out of it-the fact is it left rational thinking Hindus(who constitute over 85%) wanting to puke.
If u hate the Slammies that's fine -but trying to understand elements which are willing Slammic savagery on anyone who opposes them-is senseless.
From a conservative Christian in India


36 posted on 07/03/2004 4:50:32 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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