Aussie Design hurts Hindu Sentiments!

Australian Designer Lisa Blue has sparked controversy by designing swim suits depicting the Hindu goddess Lakshmi, which was shown at Australian Fashion Week. While the response in our beloved Nepal has been relatively low (it did not even rate a mention in the papers), our southern neighbours India have been more vocal in their protest against this act of stupidity (for want of a better word). Over the weekend, they took to the streets in several Indian cities, even burning the Australian flag in protest against this act of deep disrespect. The question that comes to mind over this incident is why promote fashion at the expense of somebody's religion? 

The flimsy excuse given by the designer for deciding to do this - "it was a desire to celebrate different cultures and share that through our brand". My question is this - Why didn't the designer include Jesus's picture on the swimsuit? or an image of the Quran? Would the Christian/Muslim community in Australia remain quiet if that happened? The company has issued an apology - "We would like to offer an apology to anyone we may have offended and advise that the image of Goddess Lakshmi will not appear on any piece of Lisa Blue swimwear for the new season, with a halt put on all production of the new range and pieces shown on the runway from last week removed. This range will never be available for sale in any stockists or retail outlets anywhere in the world. We apologise to the Hindu community and take this matter very seriously." But what were they thinking when they decided to go with the idea? What sort of people do they employ? I wonder!