Hindus have urged The Random House Group Limited of London to remove the words disparaging to Lord Ganesha from its recent publication “Leela’s Book”. It reportedly calls Ganesha as “Misshapen son of Lord Shiva”, “abusively given this flippant elephant replacement”, etc.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Connecticut (USA) today, said that Lord Ganesha was highly revered in Hinduism and it was disturbing for the devotees to read this disparaging description of him.
Ganesha was meant to be worshipped in temples or home shrines and not for being needlessly trivialized in a novel to push author’s selfish agenda, Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, argued.
In Hinduism, Lord Ganesha is worshipped as god of wisdom and remover of obstacles and invoked before the beginning of any major undertaking.
“Leela’s Book” is an English novel written by Alice Albinia, 35, author of award winning “Empires of the Indus”, and published under Harvill Secker label by The Random House Group Limited London. Its Hardcover edition of about 400 pages and dated June 2, 2011, sells for £11.59 at amazon.co.uk where under Book Description it says that the novel “weaves a story of sexual and textual mistakes”. Albinia reportedly lived in Delhi for two years.
Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.