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Lord Ganesha Yet Again!

A play was staged in this year's Ganesh festival in Delhi. The speaker of the Lok Sabha seemed to have liked it. Soon after the play was done in Mumbai. The current culture expert in the capital city of the Marathas, Uddhav Thackeray, did not like it. He wondered how such a play could have been performed in the festival. The episode is yet another example of a phenomenon of Maharashtra's cultural life - that of extragovernmental censorship, much more damaging than governmental censorship.

Lord Ganesha and His Historical Plight

There have been three major appropriations of Lord Ganesha in the history of Pune. The first was by the peshwas. The second was when Lokamanya Tilak started the Ganeshotsava in 1893. The sublime is followed by the ridiculous. The third, and the ridiculous, appropriation of Ganesha has been by Suresh Kalmadi, the politician.
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