Pop icon Rihanna has been accused of mocking a Hindu god after she was pictured with a pendant of Ganesha around her neck, sparking a furore in India
New Delhi, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 17th Feb, 2021 ) :Pop icon Rihanna has been accused of mocking a Hindu god after she was pictured with a pendant of Ganesha around her neck, sparking a furore in India.
Images of the photoshoot come just weeks after she upset the Indiangovernment by commenting on huge farmers' protests that pose a major challenge to New Delhi.
The latest offending tweet to the superstar's more than 100 millionTwitter followers is part of promotions for Rihanna's lingerie line Savage X Fenty.
The photo was also shared on her Instagram account, which has 91.4 million followers.
Social media users and politicians in India on Wednesday said her post was "derogatory", accusing her of disrespecting Hindu gods and hurting local sentiment.
"It's appalling to see how @Rihanna shamefully mocks our beloved Hindu God #Ganesha," tweeted Ram Kadam, a state legislator fromPrime MinisterNarendra Modi's Hindu-nationalist party.
"This exposes how #Rihanna has no idea or respect for Indian culture, tradition and our issues here," he added.
Earlier this month tweets fromRihanna and other celebrities on protests in India by farmers against new agriculture laws sparked anger at India's foreign ministry, which called their comments "sensationalist".
Critics say Hindu nationalism has been on the rise in officially secular India under Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party.
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