Houston: The ruling Republican party in the US has apologised to the Hindus after a newspaper advertisement featuring Lord Ganesha to woo the minority community voters in Texas ended up “offending” them.
The advert, on the occasion of ‘Ganesh Chaturthi’ festival, included the imagery of Lord Ganesha with the text, “Would you worship a donkey or an elephant? The choice is yours”.
The elephant is the party symbol of the Republicans while Democrats have donkey as their party’s symbol.
The Indian-American community described the advertisement in an Indian-American newspaper as “offensive” for featuring Lord Ganesha.
The party’s county unit, Fort Bend County Republican Party which published the ad, apologised and clarified that it “was not meant to disparage Hindu customs or traditions in any way”....