I don't understand why Aussies keep shooting themselves in the foot. There are plenty of Indians in Melbourne that they could ask on how to present Hindu icons and make sure they are not being disrespectful. I have a feeling this may end becoming another one of those bad patches in India-Australia relations as the news spreads about this in India. Ganesh vs. Hitler play upsets Hindus - Hindustan Times Hindus are concerned at the play 'Ganesh Versus the Third Reich', which is having a world premiere at Melbourne Festival in Australia on September 29. Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that Lord Ganesh was meant to be worshipped in temples and home shrines and not to be made a laughing stock on theater stages. Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, argued that Lord Ganesh was divine and theater/film/art were welcome to create projects about/around him showing his true depiction as mentioned in the scriptures. Creating irrelevant imaginary imagery, like reportedly depicting him being tortured and interrogated by Nazi SS, hurt the devotees. Its creator, internationally acclaimed â€œBack to Back Theatreâ€, itself calls it a â€œstrangeâ€ fable, â€œrambunctiousâ€. Describing the play, media release of co-presenter Malthouse Theatre says that Ganesh â€œseeks to go one-on-one with Hitlerâ€. It is also described by some as â€œwildly inventive ride through history, where sacred icons and rituals become weaponsâ€ and â€œbrimming with humourâ€. Rajan Zed argued that taxpayer funded organizations like Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Victoria, and City of Melbourne; which supported this play; should be more vigilant in their selections. Zed further pointed out that we needed to be more sensitive about the feelings of â€œothersâ€. Recently, depiction of Hindu Goddess Lakshmi on swimwear at a fashion event held in Sydney (Australia) resulted in worldwide protests. Popular radio host Kyle Sandilands recently made derogatory remarks, ridiculing Hindusâ€™ holy river Ganga, on Sydneyâ€™s hit music station. Australian swimwear company, Sandilands and his radio station later apologized after the protests.