Harvard Crimson Article about AHAD Movement

The Material Girl Goes Spiritual By SUJIT RAMAN, September 22, 1998 URL: http://www.thecrimson.com/article/1998/9/22/the-material-girl-goes-spiritual-pthose/ Those of you who missed the MTV Music Awards last week missed one of Madonna's greatest moments. In winning five of the headline prizes, the Material Girl taught us two lessons: first, that some divas never die--they don't even fade away. Second--and more importantly--she attempted to introduce many of us to a new cultural and re ...

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Rallying religious revival

An Early Article in India Today about HSC Traces the History of HinduNet and AHAD Title: Rallying religious revival Author: Arthur J. Pais (New York) Publication: India Today Date: November 15, 1997 Kanchan Banerjee was prevented from performing Ganesh puja on the campus of Boston University nine years ago. He was stopped not by American rednecks or the KKK but the India Club-on the plea that the celebration of Diwali went against India's secular constitution. It was probably similar complaints ...

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Owner of Karma Club Responds to the Protest

Shree Srinivas Reddy posted the following response on our guestbook regarding the protest. We leave it to the readers of this site to judge his words. I am one of the owners of Club Karma in Chicago and I would like a fair chance to respond. First, I would like to respond to the accusation that numerous attempts to reach me for my comments went unheralded. That, plainly put, is completely false. I have returned every phone call received on the subject promptly. First, all of you are passing judgement on so ...

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Club Karma Defames Hindu Dharma

Background Information / Press Release DRINKING, DANCING DEITIES: AN ATTACK ON HINDU DHARMA The latest trend in the Indian-American subculture is the rise of the Indian-theme bar and nightclub a place that combines Hindu deities and Indian art with the drinking of liquor, smoking, and dancing to the latest Western music. The American Hindu Anti-Defamation Coalition (AHADC) is shocked at this misuse of sacred Hindu symbols to promote nightclubs and alcohol-serving establishments. The latest club to foll ...

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Call for Action; Drinking, Dancing Deities: An Attack on Hindu Dharma

Thank you for exploring this site and not being satisfied with the corruption of Hindu ideals. The following press release explains the controversy behind the nightclub Karma and its denigration of Hindu dharma through the exploitation of symbols of divinity. Included are pictures of the Karma club in Chicago, IL taken during its opening week in August, 1997. As you can see, in an attempt to earn money from what is considered to be exotic in the Western eye, the owners of the nightclub--Srinivas "Sarin" ...

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AHADC Efforts Leads to Sony Apology to Hindus : Offending CD Cover to Be Withdrawn Immediately

The American Hindu Anti-Defamation Coalition (AHADC), is pleased to announce that on April 16, 1997, the senior lawyer for Sony Music & Entertainment, Inc., New York, (Sony), Mr. Joseph Salvo, contacted the attorney for AHADC, Mr. Chetan P. Tanna, and issued an apology on behalf of Sony/Columbia to the entire Hindu community for the offensive cover of the CD "Nine Lives" by a rock group, Aerosmith. The cover of the CD "Nine Lives" portrayed a distorted and offensive picture of Hindu God, Shree Krishn ...

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AHADC Calls for Continuation of Protest since SONY has not yet apologized in writing and Major Stores Continue to Sell the “Nine Lives” CD

We note with great regret and dismay that the Hindu community has still not received any written apology from SONY Music for offending Hindus. Although SONY has changed most parts of its website, the promotional picture at this link still remains. We also note with great concern that the CD, which has offended so many Hindus has still not been pulled from the major stores that are selling it. We present here, a link to the apology by Aerosmith, which was sent to several news organizations. We were sen ...

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Draft Letter To Sony/Columbia

This is to advise you that your new Columbia release, Nine Lives has the CD cover which is a DISTORTED AND VERY INSULTING depiction of Lord Krishna, the Hindu God, whom millions of Hindus worship all over the world. It is clear that you and your artist distorted and defaced the original and UNIVERSALLY REVERED picture which shows Lord Krishna conquering the great serpent Kalinag. Your act of putting a face of a cat in place of Krishna's is not only outrageous beyond any measure but also very insulting to ...

Statement Issued by Aerosmith to the media

In response to Aerosmith's deep concern and dismay at the notion of having offended any religious group by the image on the cover of their recently released album, Nine Lives, the five band members have requested that their record label, Columbia Records, immediately cease manufacturing the cover artwork. They also asked that the image be replaced in all future manufacturing runs with a new and completely different design. The original album cover image, as presented to Aerosmith, was selected for its ae ...

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Sony/Columbia Disfigure Lord Krishna’s Picture on Aerosmith’s “Nine Lives” Album

We note with great regret and dismay that the Hindu community has still not received any written apology from SONY Music for offending Hindus. Although SONY has changed most parts of its website, the promotional picture at this link still remains. We also note with great concern that the CD, which has offended so many Hindus has still not been pulled from the major stores that are selling it. We present here, a link to the apology by Aerosmith, which was sent to several news organizations. We were sen ...