Trinidad and Tobago Hindus were left hurt after a singer, a Chutney artist, Rick Jacob filmed a video in the Sri Dattatreya Yoga Centre’s Ashram in Carapichaima.
The video of the singer shows him dancing around the Temple Deities wearing shoes on an obscene song whose lyrics invite the women to shake their hips.
This ashram, where the artist shot his video, is a landmark of sorts. The ashram boasts of an 85-feet Hanuman statue (watch the video to see how widely the shots of the Hindu God have been used in it). This statue is considered the second tallest in the world as per Destination Trinidad and Tobago.
Jacob had claimed that he had the permission to shoot at the Trinidad and Tobago Ashram, which the president of the Yoga Centre, Ramesh Persad-Maharaj, denied and issued a press release that Currentriggers.com was able to procure after some efforts.
The Ashram categorically denies that it gave any permission to Rick J and instead asked him to tender an apology or face legal action:
“The public is hereby informed that the video by Rick J who poses as a chutney singer was done on the sacred grounds of our Ashram without our knowledge. Apparently, he chose a day and time when the Temple was closed and nobody was around to prevent him from doing his mischief. The video is a violation of the sanctity Hindus have for their deities and places of worship. It is disgraceful and an insult to all Hindus and persons who respect places of worship. The video is a violation of the sanctity Hindus have for their deities and places of worship. It is disgraceful and an insult to all Hindus and persons who respect places of worship. I would like to mention that it is a criminal offense for any person to behave indecently in any place of divine worship at any time. I therefore request him to act promptly to avoid embarrassment and legal costs.”
The video that has upset both the Hindus and the non-Hindus in Trinidad and Tobago:
But the singer is defiant and in a comment he said that:
“Yeah im not bothering with the negative comments one story never comes out the same at the other end i learnt that in school.”
But the people of Trinidad and Tobago are unrelenting and are demanding an apology.
Comments like these from the people of Trinidad and Tobago can be found on his page where they are demanding that he should not beat around the bush and apologize:
As per the 1990 official census, Hindus are 24 percent of the total population of Trinidad and Tobago.
UPDATE: The singer has released a song of apology titled ‘I am Sorry’ for hurting the sentiments of the Hindu community. The apology seems to have worked as teh Hindu community had demanded an apology only.
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