Hyderabad: A court in Andhra Pradesh last Tuesday issued an arrest warrant against Indian cricket team captain MS Dhoni for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of Hindus. A local court in Anantapur issued the arrest warrant as Dhoni did not appear in the court despite three summons served in the past. It directed police to present Dhoni in the court on July 16.
The case relates to a picture on the cover of a magazine. Business Today in its April 2013 edition had carried the picture. Dhoni was portrayed as Hindu god Vishnu with a sub title "God of Big Deals" and holding products of several companies including a shoe in his hand.
Y Shyam Sunder, a local leader of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, had filed a petition in the court in February this year alleging that the cricketer hurt the sentiments of Hindus by denigrating a Hindu god.
The summons issued by the court to Dhoni on three occasions were returned. The court, which took up the hearing Tuesday, issued the arrest warrant. Similar petitions against Dhoni were filed in Delhi, Pune and other cities.
I read that and wondered which year I was transported to. There was a picture of Dhoni with his products that he endorses, photoshopped an Indian godly colour of blue and the above story accompanying the picture.
Honestly I found this a bit over the top — the reactions, that is. Rajnikant can be revered as a god, as can Sachin Tendulkar, Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and so many other celebrities, so why the furore over Dhoni’s depiction?
People tend to forget that not everyone believes in God. Taking this to court is taking it a bit too far. Does God reside in court or are humans deciding the fate of everyone and everything? I mean, if a person decided to seek compensation from court because, let’s say, his house was badly damaged during an earthquake, does he get to sue God seeing that such natural disasters are deemed an act of God? I watched a fantastic Bollywood movie called Oh My God that starred Paresh Raval and it more or less depicted this scenario.
I’m not sure what is wrong if Dhoni is depicted like that. There are far worse things happening in India and no one seems to be doing anything about it. Corruption is rampant, Delhi is known as the rape capital and it seems like no one is doing anything about that, and so much else is happening but the focus is all on this now. He seems to have hurt the sentiments of people and I feel he should be allowed to get away with an apology because it’s not like he wanted to be depicted like that. Why aren’t they questioning the magazine?
Simply because it is easier to drag his name through mud and tedious court cases because it is far easier to catch him and put the spotlight on him than face up to the inadequacies of not being able to do anything about the corruption or even the rape cases that you keep hearing of at an alarming rate.
I just feel Dhoni can say sorry and let this matter die down, even that only because peoples’ religious sentiments have been hurt. No need to drag him through courts and waste the taxpayers money!
Wait… it IS taxpayers money, right?