The 11th Diwali celebration at the Ilford Exchange ( london) passed uneventfully except for for the underhand insertion of a tribute to Jesus performed by the young BharatNatyam artiste . It was the penultimate item in a programme of South Indian classical dance.
A discerning on looker having come to participate in a celebration of the Hindu festival of Diwali, was at first puzzled , then confused, finally realising that the dance /music item struck a discordant note
Such underhand manipulations are bad enough but what was even worse was the reaction of a Diwali Organizing Committee member who also holds a senior position at the local VHP temple. The confused onlooker contacted the said committee member to express their concerns only to be airily dismissed by him and patronisingly admonished not to hold divisive and sectarian views.
The original communication of protest was forwarded to the person responsible for ,among other things , the Bharat Natyam programme ( Dhruv Arts) who was scathing, ridiculing and sneering in their reaction , quoting the familiar canard that the Indian dance and Western music homage to Jesus was “taken out of context”.
The protester who was put in their place was referred to as an “ass” whilst the Dhruv Arts individual claimed himself to be a “passionate Hindu”. If , as a “passionate Hindu” the Dhruv individual sees nothing wrong with the young Christian dancer using the Celebration of Diwali to act as a cover to celebrate the coming of Jesus Christ then the outlook for Hindu society in the UK looks even more ominous than it did before.
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