Nevada: Internationally acclaimed ‘Manish Arora’ fashion label has removed the leggings, harem-pants and skirts depicting the image of Lord Shiva in Nataraja form from its website, which protesting Hindus had termed repugnant.
Dancing Nataraja layered miniskirt, knee-length dancing Nataraja harem pants, and dancing Nataraja leggings, which were earlier available on Manish Arora online store for EUR 570, EUR 405, and EUR 250 respectively were not seen on the company website www.manisharora.ws on Monday.
Famous entertainers like Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Rihanna, Kate Moss, Katy Perry, and M.I.A. have reportedly worn Manish Arora-designed dresses in the past.
Esteemed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who spearheaded the protests, in a statement in Nevada (USA) on Monday said that it was ‘a step in the right direction’.
He thanked various Hindu organizations as well as Jewish and Buddhist leaders who supported the protest. Symbols of any faith, larger or smaller, should not be mishandled, he said.
Hinduism was the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and a rich philosophical thought and it should not be taken lightly. Inappropriate usage of Hindu deities or concepts for commercial or other agenda was not okay as it hurt the devotees, said Zed.
He further said that in the view of his Indian heritage, Manish Arora should have better known the significance of Lord Shiva and how much venerated he was among the Hindus.