'Christian' Charlie Chaplin's statue sparks controversy in India
Shame would be a very mild word to describe such actions. Especially for those Indians who pride themselves as the citizens of one of the most free and tolerant nations in the world. In a condemnable and unbelievable development, pro-Hindu BJP activists opposed the installation of the statue of the legendary actor, Charlie Chaplin in Baindur, Karnataka state. The reason for their opposition was that installing the statue of a "Christian, not Indian" would hurt " Hindu sentiments."
Government officials played ostrich saying that they have not received any “complaints”.
People from all sections of society expressed shock and outrage on this incident.But the local legislator K Lakshminarayana of the pro-Hindu BJP party was unapologetic in supporting his partymen who oppose the installation of the statue saying that " If the locals are against such a statue, I am also against it. Why should one bother so much about Charlie Chaplin who was not even an Indian.". He even showed the audacity to add this gem - "If we need one (a statue) , we can think of installing a Hanuman statue (The monkey faced Hindu god)".
After pub-going women and lover couples, Charlie Chaplin has become the latest victim of saffron wrath in Karnataka, with a "Hindu" group objecting to installation of a statue of the famous Hollywood comedian in Kundapur taluk here on the grounds that he was a Christian.
Ever since the project to install the 67-ft statue at the Ottinene beach was launched by him, it was facing protests, Hemanth Hegde, director of Kannada Film "Houseful", told reporters today but refused to blame any particular group.
Some activists claiming to represent "a Hindu organisation" yesterday descended on the project site and halted the work.