Hindus Upset Over Hanuman Videogame

Hindus upset over Sony’s “Hanuman: Boy Warrior” videogame and further frustrated by the callous handling by Sony officials, might give a boycott call of all Sony products world over.

Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that despite communication between Sony officials and Hindu leaders, the issue had not been resolved yet. Sony officials said that they would look into it and be back with the Hindu leaders, but they were yet to hear back from Sony.

Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, said that if nothing was heard by Hindu leaders from Sony by May 21, then all the protesting Hindu groups and leaders would re-evaluate the protest and announce the future course, wh ich might include calling for boycott of Sony products world over by Hindus and other likeminded people and supporters. It might also include requesting the major wholesalers and retailers of videogames, in India and wherever else this videogame was launched, not to carry it.

Hindus have been demanding the withdrawal of recently launched Sony PlayStation2 video game “Hanuman: Boy Warrior”, saying it trivializes the highly revered deity of Hinduism, and apology from Sony for creating it.

Rajan Zed has argued that reimagining Hindu scriptures and deities for commercial or other agenda was not okay as it hurt the devotees.

Furthering Zed’s drive, various other Hindu leaders and groups world over have also asked for withdrawal of “Hanuman: Boy Warrior” video game.

Lord Hanuman is greatly revered and his worship is very popular among Hindus and there are numerous temples dedicated to him. Hinduism is the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents. Sony, with Howard Stringer as Chairman and headquartered in Tokyo, is one of the most comprehensive entertainment companies in the world.

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