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Is the Newsweek Cover Offensive?

She was a parasitic twin, born with four legs and four arms, and the Indian villagers worshipped her as a god, for one of their many gods was one with multiple arms and legs. She attracted the attention of the world when her plight was discovered by a caring doctor who arranged for a risky operation to remove her extra limbs. I wrote extensively about Lakshimi here. (In that post are other links, including one to a video about this charming little girl.)

Now, another incident has arisen concerning Indian gods with multiple limbs. This one has come about because of a cover of Newsweek magazine that makes a connection between President Obama and their  multi-limbed deity. Many Hindus are offended.

Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism in Nevada, told the English-language Sify News in India that Nataraja is highly revered and meant to be worshipped, not indecorously thrown around. Zed, who is known for his work on interfaith dialogue, said it is not OK to use Hindu concepts and symbols for profit or self-serving purposes.

Source: Fox news

The accompanying article is intended to show the job of President is so daunting, it is difficult for one man to do alone, but how that translates to “god of all things” is puzzling.  Perhaps Newsweek is hinting at the ‘need’ for an even larger, more intrusive and tyrannical government.  Remember, this is the magazine that declared, “We are all socialists now“.

Source: Joe Newby

I really don’t know what to make of this. Have you thought about it? Is Newsweek deliberately trying to offend the Hindus? Should Hindus be offended? I’d like to hear your thoughts.


Beautiful Lakshimi is now in School

Remember Lakshimi? She is the beautiful child born in India attached to a parasitic twin. Terribly deformed, she had four arms and four legs. Skillful, loving surgeons performed extensive surgery on this striking little girl, and she has made tremendous progress. Now she is walking and in school. Again, I give honor to this charming little girl, to her parents, her doctors and nurses, and all those who around the world have prayed for Lakshimi.

A full documentary is here. I’ve previously written about her here and here.

A new post on my photography blog is here.

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Video of Lakshmi Tatma’s Surgery

Many times a day I have people coming to my blog for news concerning Lakshmi Tatma. I suppose this is because I followed her case for some time, writing about her extensively on this site. You may recall her being a charming Indian child, a parasitic twin who was born with eight limbs. She is blessed to have exceptional parents who found their way to a group of caring physicians who successfully amputated her extra limbs, and performed other corrective surgery. Now this beautiful intelligent child is able to walk.

The following video has come to my attention. It is extremely graphic, and I would advise not watching it if you are at all squeamish. I am not at all put off by such things, but I must confess to feeling unsettled as I observed these fascinating images of her operation.

I salute little Lakshmi, her family, and her doctors who have demonstrated themselves to be of exceptional valor and strength.

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God Bless Lakshmi and Her Remarkable Surgeons

Lakshmi Tatma's family and neighbors believed that with eight limbs, the baby was the embodiment of a goddess.

Her mother sobbed uncontrollably as Lakshmi Tatma lay on the gurney, ready to be pushed into the surgical chambers where she would be forever changed. She would emerge either freed from the parasitic twin to which she had been attached since birth, or–her mother hated to think of it, but the doctors had warned them–she might not survive the extensive dangerous surgery.

It’s been eight months now since the grueling 27 hour operation. Lakshmi is as beautiful and tough as ever, mobile now, and smiling broadly as she twirls in a wheeled plastic disc. The surgery was a remarkable success.

Now CNN has released an extensive article with interviews by the doctors which I believe you will find as captivating as I did when I viewed and read them. A full documentary is here.

God bless this beautiful family and her wonderful doctors.

Picture from Sparsh Hospital