Summon US envoy over Kali-Ma beer BJP

By: admin
Updated: 15 May 2012 08:06 AM

New Delhi: Strongly
objecting to a US company launching a beer brand named after Goddess Kali,
a demand was made in Rajya Sabha today that US Ambassador to India should
be summoned and asked to apologise for it.

Raising the issue
during Zero Hour, Ravi Shankar Prasad (BJP) said it is a serious and
sensitive issue that a Portland-based company Burnside Brewing has
launched a product titled Kali-Ma beer, hurting the sentiments of Indians.

advertisement for the beer read 'Come worship the black one Kali as the
ultimate reality or Brahman' with a picture of the Goddess. Earlier also a
picture of Goddess Laxmi was displayed in a toilet, picture of God was put
on bra, Lord Ganesha was displayed as a sex object in a talk show," he
said demanding India to take up the issue with US.

Mr Prasad said
the UPA government maintains that it enjoys good relations with the US but
there is no advertisement code and he questioned whether they could have
dared to mock the God or Goddess of any other religion.

US Ambassador to India and make him apologise for this," he said
condemning the act and demanded a statement from External Affairs

As BJP and other members supported the issue, Minister
of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajeev Shukla intervened saying, "I
will convey the concerns to External Affairs Ministry.

"...but I
would like to point out that some years back when I had raised the issue
of a store in US having pictures of Ganesha on slippers and you (Ravi
Shankar Prasad) were sitting in my place, no step was taken."