Hindus have offered heartfelt condolences on the death of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that they were saddened by the passing of Mandela.
In a remarkable interfaith gesture, Christian-Buddhist-Jewish leaders have backed Hindus upset over Indian Pale Ale beer brewed in Asheville (North Carolina, USA) carrying the name-image of Hindu deity Lord Shiva. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, taking up this issue, had earlier stressed that Lord Shiva was highly revered in Hinduism and was meant to be worshipped in temples or home shrines and not to be used in selling beer for mercantile greed.
Worldwide Hindus are upset over the reported damage to 8th century Hindu temple remnants in Malaysia. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in USA said that it was shocking, saddening and tragic to learn about the damage caused to rich archaeological remains of Lembah Bujang in Kedah state. These Hindu temple ruins, besides being dear to Hindus, were highly important heritage for Malaysians and the world.
Upset Hindus have urged Asheville (North Carolina, USA) based Asheville Brewing Co. to apologize and withdraw its Indian Pale Ale beer carrying image of Lord Shiva, calling it highly inappropriate. This beer, named as "Shiva", displays the image of Hindu Lord Shiva in Nataraja form.