Hindus ask NZ Herald for an apology

Local Hindus are upset about a caricature of the Hindu goddess Kali in that was recently published on the front page of  the New Zealand Herald.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in speaking in Nevada has asked Herald Editor-in-Chief, Tim Murphy, and Board Chairman of its parent APN News & Media Peter Cosgrove to apologise immediately and publish the apology on the front page of the paper for this trivialisation of the Hindu goddess. Moreover, Herald and other APN media outlets should print/broadcast an introductory piece about Hinduism and its deities to create better understanding in society, Zed added.

The Herald’s June 28 edition edition had published a photograph of Goddess Kali holding a pack of cigarettes besides other objects in the article titled “Guardians at the Superette”.

Kali, who personifies Sakti or divine energy, is widely worshipped by Hindus. She is considered the goddess of time and change. Some Bengali poets described her as supreme deity.


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