Press Trust Of India, Updated 1912 hrs IST (+GMT 5:30), 14.02.06
London: The Hindu community leaders in Europe are up in arms. A disco bar in Greece has invited the wrath of Hindus for displaying a poster of Goddess Durga promoting a whiskey brand.
Large posters inside and outside the Balon Oriental Disco Bar in Athens depict the Goddess carrying bottles of Southern Comfort Whiskey.
They are also upset that Lord Ram’s image has been used on a tissue paper box.
General Secretary of the National Council of Hindu Temples, Bimal Krishna Das says, "It is time for Hindus around the world and the Indian government to stand up and be counted. We represent 90 per cent of the UK’s 140 Hindu temples and by extension at least 75 per cent of Britain’s six lakh Hindus."
The Indian community in Athens has been trying for the last three months to have the posters removed but in vain.
Letters have been sent to the American manufacturer of the whiskey to withdraw the poster.
"Despite protests, the tissues bearing Lord Ram’s image have been in circulation for over a year because their German manufacturer has refused to cease production," said Das.