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‘Cricketer’ Krishna raises VHP hackles

Jaipur (PTI): Cricket fever might have gripped the country but it seems the VHP has been left untouched by the euphoria. The saffron outfit objected to a tableau depicting Krishna playing cricket with his friends on display at a temple here.

“People’s faith should not be made an object of entertainment,” VHP’s media in-charge Mahaveer Pareek said referring to the tableau which was displayed at Govind Deoji’s temple on Sunday after India’s win against Pakistan in the World Cup.

While the devotees enjoyed the painting of Krishna, part of the tableau put up daily to celebrate the month of Phalgun, the VHP and the Bajrang Dal leaders were not amused.

“It made God an object of joke,” state convener of the Bajrang Dal Mahendra Meena said.

Describing the tableau as a “western idea”, vice-president of Devalaya Samrankshan Samiti, Purushottam Bharti, said they should be put up only in accordance with the shashtras.

Secretary of Dadu Sant Samaj Hanuman Swami and mahant of Ratnamala Ashram Jagdish Sharma also objected to the tableau and warned against making a “tamasha” of God.

The tableaux are changed everyday and the painting was replaced on Monday with one showing Krishna overpowering Kalia nag.

Classes stalled in abuse protest

Chennai: Over 40,000 college students across the state boycotted classes on Tuesday, demanding an independent probe in the alleged sexual abuse of four students of Palani Andavar College for Women at Palani in Dindigul district, reports our special correspondent.

The college authorities allegedly forced the final-year undergraduates “to go with some of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council committee members” who were at Palani in October for an appraisal of the college.

The four were reportedly told “to entertain them (the council members)” to help the college get “five-star status”.

The Students’ Federation of India has taken up the fight for the “girl victims” and the Tamil Nadu CPM has expressed its solidarity with the agitating students.

The council committee had visited the college on October 16 and 17, as also a few other institutions in the state, to review academic programmes.

Hounded Sikh to sue NY cops

New York (PTI): An Indian-American Amric Singh Rathour plans to file a lawsuit against the New York police department for allegedly discriminating against him for wearing a beard and a turban which are required by the Sikh religion.

Rathour, who had qualified for the job of traffic enforcement agent with the department, was dismissed two months after he became an officer because his supervisors did not want him to wear a beard and a turban.

The police department had no comment on the case and said it would react only after receiving the law suit and the grounds on which it is filed.

Rathour’s attorney Ravinder Bhalla said he plans to file the suit in a district court in Manhattan against police department commissioner Ray Kelly and the city for violation of his civil rights. Earlier, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had filed his complaint.

‘Dead’ man returns

Dehra dun (PTI): Sorrow turned to joy as a businessman who had fallen into the Ganga and was feared dead returned home on Monday. Anuj Gupta, 28, fell into the river when his car skidded off the road on Sunday. Police launched a search but failed to locate him and his car. Only his identity card was found in the bushes on the river bank. Gupta was swept away by strong currents to Lakshman Jhoola where he fell unconscious. On regaining consciousness, he returned home.

Cockpit order

New Delhi (PTI): Indian Airlines, Air-India and private airlines have been told to modify cockpit doors so that they can withstand the impact and penetration of small arms fire. The airlines have also been instructed to replace the doors so that they can withstand fragmentation devices, the Rajya Sabha was told on Tuesday.

Idol desecrated

Bhilwara (PTI): An idol of Parvathi in a Shiva temple was found allegedly desecrated in Badnor town, triggering tension in the area. The priest found the head and ears of the idol broken and reported it to police. As word spread, shopkeepers downed shutters and people started assembling on roads. Rajasthan Armed Constabulary jawans were deployed.

Art for Art — Switzerland meets India — a special exhibition organised by the Swiss consulate, in collaboration with Oberoi Towers, Mumbai, used benches made of recycled wood from destroyed havelis around Nashik to promote environment conservation.

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