Controversy over Gandhi’s ‘Asura’ lookalike at Hindu Mahasabha’s Durga Puja pandal in Kolkata

Kolkata Police intervenes and changes Asura̵

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Kolkata Police intervenes and changes Asura’s getup by removing glasses and putting mustache and hair on him.

After anger erupted over depicting Mahatma Gandhi as an ‘asura’ with a walking stick with a dhoti-clad bald man at a Durga Puja pandal organized by the All India Hindu Mahasabha, Kolkata Police intervened and changed his appearance .

Citizens from different regions and almost all political parties expressed displeasure over the depiction at a puja pandal near the Ruby-Bypass connector on the eastern edge of Kolkata and demanded the intervention of the authorities.

“Yesterday evening the police personnel came along with an artist and changed the idol. We did not want to make any changes, but they forced us to do so,” said Chandrachur Goswami, working president of the All India Hindu Mahasabha’s West Bengal state unit. Hindu.

Asked about the reason for such an objectionable portrayal of the Father of the Nation, Mr Gosmani said he had kept a “bald man” in the form of glasses. Asura,

“Yes, Asura had physical similarities with Gandhi. There is no such thing as the Father of the Nation and we do not consider Gandhi as the Father of the Nation.

The police had changed the asura’s getup by removing the spectacles and putting a mustache and hair on it.

Attempts to portray Gandhiji in a bad light were criticized by all major political parties.

State Congress leader Kastav Bagchi had lodged a complaint against the organizers at Titagarh police station of Barrackpore Police Commissionerate. Shri Bagchi said that such an attempt to portray Mahatma Gandhi in a bad light is detrimental to national integrity and tantamount to sedition.

CPI(M) state secretary Mohammad Salim on Sunday took to Twitter to seek intervention of Kolkata Police and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on the issue. “Our Father of the Nation, #MahatmaGandhi was shown as “Asura” at a pandal in Kolkata on #GandhiJayanti2022. Urging @KolkataPolice and @MamataOfficial to take serious cognizance of the matter and punish the miscreants,” Mr Salim had said while sharing the picture of the idol of the puja pandal.

Trinamool Congress spokesperson Kunal Ghosh said the incident was “the height of indecency”, which exposed the true face of the BJP. Shri Ghosh said that the whole world respects Gandhiji and his ideology and such an insult to Mahatma Gandhi cannot be accepted.

State BJP president Sukanta Majumdar also joined the issue and said that the Father of the Nation cannot be portrayed in such an objectionable manner.

The incident had sparked outrage on social media with several pictures of the idol being shared and asking the authorities to intervene in the matter.

attempt to portray social evils Asura (Demon) has been happening in the city’s Durga Puja for the past several years. Over the years, some organizers have tried to draw parallels between the two. covid-19 pandemic And this Asura, However, the depiction of Mahatma Gandhi in an offensive manner has left a bad taste this festive season.