Recently, a shocking incident took place in a bar in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, where a scene from the Hindu epic Ramayana was played in the background while people were drinking and dancing. The scene featured Lord Shri Ram and Ravana engaged in a battle, and their dialogues were synced to a song, similar to what we see in reel or TikTok videos.
Why this is happening, and what should we do?
Social media users criticized the bar for playing the video, claiming it was disrespectful to their religious sentiments. Many expressed their anger and called for a boycott of the bar.
It is a shame that such an incident occurred. While it is not the first time that stand-up comedians have made fun of Hindu epics, it is unacceptable to mock someone's religion and hurt their religious sentiments. It is hard to understand why some people think it is acceptable to make a mockery of someone's beliefs.
i don't think kisi bhi faith ya religion ka is tarah makhaul banana chahiye.— Akassh Ashok Gupta (@peepoye_) April 11, 2023
Lord of the Drinks Bar, Noida mein Hindu epic #Ramayana ke ek scene ko aur Lord Sh. Ram aur Ravana ke dialogues ko dub karke logon ko daaru pilake nachaya jaa raha hai... shameful! #BanLordOfTheDrinks pic.twitter.com/ahosykmwJD
Perhaps it is because they lack knowledge about their own culture and traditions, or maybe it is because the youth in our country are more influenced by Western culture and the content on platforms like Netflix and Prime Video. Whatever the reason, it is important for us as a society to take a stand against such behaviour.
India is a diverse country with people from various religions, cultures, and backgrounds. We must respect each other's beliefs and values. It is important to remember that freedom of expression comes with the responsibility to not hurt others' sentiments. Incidents like these should not be taken lightly, and strict action must be taken against those who engage in such behaviour. We must also educate ourselves and our youth about our culture and traditions to prevent such incidents from happening in the future. Let us strive towards a more tolerant and respectful society.