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Hindus feel slighted as Edinburgh Council defends Edinburgh Festival in mockery of Hindu gods
Lindsay A. Robertson, Council's Culture Strategy Manager, in an email (on behalf of Council Chief Executive Andrew Kerr) to Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who spearheaded the EIF defunding request, wrote that Council "respects programming independence, artistic rights and freedom and does not expect to control or direct what is presented by the city's cultural sector. Therefore, there is no plan to remove Council funding from the Edinburgh International Festival."
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that it was sad to see the Council let a minority religion be ridiculed at the public-square despite its tall claims of "Inclusiveedinburgh"
City governments should not be in the business of using taxpayer's money to fund projects which patronize sacrilege, blatant belittling of "other" traditions and ridiculing entire communities;
Publicly funded charity EIF, which claims itself as "world class cultural event", recently refused to drop "Hindu Times" play (August 20-21) as requested by Zed, who called it "highly inappropriate"
Rajan Zed had also urged other EIF funders-partners-
Rajan Zed had said that Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and goddess Lakshmi were meant to be worshipped in temples and home shrines and not to be thrown around loosely or dragged around unnecessarily through the streets of Dundee reportedly looking for booze and breaking into a closed shop for it.
Zed had indicated that Brahma-Vishnu-