.In the wake of recent media reports about alleged international trafficking of Hindu antiquities concerning major international art institutions, a US-based Hindu organization has asked the major international art institutions to re-examine the procurement of their Hindu art acquisitions and return these to Hindu temples where these belonged if the proved to be stolen:
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that devotees had been worshipping these images of Hindu deities for centuries and the world should respect their feelings by returning these to their original homes before these were stolen for mercantile greed. [...] Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, stressed that museums and galleries world over should undertake thorough examination of their Hindu art acquisitions and the related documentation, and if determined that some of those were among the stolen works, make arrangements to respectfully return to the religious institutions these rightfully belonged to.It is not clear why Zed and representatives of other world religions (such as Buddhists, Christians, Jews and Pagans) have not been making these calls all along, every time they walk past an "art gallery" with objects taken from religious structures and assemblages on open sale with no indication where they come from.Just who do these dealers and collectors buying such items think they are?
Let us note though that the problem is not entirely a secular one. What about all those US synagogues buying all those Torah scrolls which Rabbi ("Save a Torah") Youlus claims to have "liberated" from other countries so they could have a 'piece of [other people's] history' in their aron hakodesh? That it looks like in many cases they had been cheated makes no difference to their intent to be involved in smuggling.
[And whatever happened to that wannabe "Jewish Indiana Jones" Youlus?]
Hindus Ask World Museums-Galleries To Examine And Return Stolen Hindu Artifacts To Temples