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US BREWERY IS SORRY, RENAMING KALI- MABEER

03:49 AM Jun 02, 2019 |

ARUN KUMAR Washington/ New Delhi

AUS brewer said it is ” scrambling” to rename its new beer ” Kali- ma”, following an outpouring of criticism from Hindus with the issue being raised in Parliament.

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The label of the beer feature

d the four- armed goddess Kali standing among three severed heads.

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” In response to pleas from the Hindu community we have decided to postpone the limited release of alt39 Kali- maalt39 – our imperial wheat ale flavoured with Indian spices and Scotch- Bonnet peppers,” the company said in a statement on its Facebook page.

” It is never our intention at Burnside to offend or alienate any race, creed, religion or sexual orientation,alt39alt39 the company said.

Burnside Brewing owners said they got the idea from the movie ” Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”, where Jones is forced to drink a potion called ” the black sleep of Kali Ma” that puts him into a trance.

The issue was raised in the upper house on Tuesday with the BJP demanding that the government immediately summon the US ambassador as the religious feelings of Hindus had been hurt.

BJP MP Ravi Shankar Prasad said: ” The UPA government claims to have good relations with the US… Is there no manufacturing code there.” Responding to the BJP demand to ” summon the American ambassador immediately, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Shukla said he would ” inform the external affairs minister”. “… But I would like to point out that some years back when I had raised the issue of a store in US having pictures of Ganesha on slippers and you ( Ravi Shankar Prasad) were sitting in my place, no step was taken,” pointed out Shukla.

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