Stop display of Lord Ram’s images in Times Square

Stop display of Lord Ram’s images in Times Square
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There will be no display of images of Lord Ram on some of the main billboards in New York’s iconic Times Square on August 5 as the temple’s groundbreaking ceremony takes place in Ayodhya. An ad company, which manages main billboards, has reportedly refused to run the campaign after a Muslim coalition in the US asked the agency not to display Lord Ram’s images in Times Square.

A group of Muslim groups in the USA said ad company ‘Branded Cities’, which manages digital advertisement board for Nasdaq in Times Square and runs prominent digital boards, refused to run ads for Hindu groups planning to showcase images of Lord Ram on its billboards in Times Square, a report in Clarion India said.

The giant Nasdaq screen and the 17,000-square-foot wrap-around LED display screen, considered among the largest continuous exterior displays in the world, were among prominent billboards that were to be leased for the occasion.

A report in Clarion India said ImanNet, one of the Muslim groups part of the coalition, in a statement claimed they had been “urging putting pressure on the mayor of New York, the City Council of New York , the governor, senators and members of House of Representatives to stop the right wing Hindu groups from advertising on Times Square billboards”. Dr Shaik Ubaid, the President of ImanNet said the ad company refusing to run advertisements to celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony is “a great victory for pluralism, human rights and rule of law”.

Last week, there were reports that to celebrate a one-of-a-kind and historic event, groups in the US had said they would make arrangements for beaming of images of Lord Ram across the giant billboards in the iconic Times Square on August 5. Community leader and President of the American India Public Affairs Committee Jagdish Sewhani had told news agency PTI that this was part of arrangements to celebrate the historic moment. Sewhani told PTI that among the prominent billboards that were being leased for the occasion will be the giant Nasdaq screen.

Beginning 8 am on August 5 till 10 pm, images of the words ‘Jai Shri Ram’ in Hindi and English, Lord Ram’s portraits and videos, 3D portraits of the temple’s design and architecture as well as pictures of the laying of the foundation stone by PM Modi will be displayed across several billboards, he had added. Sewhani added that the Times Square commemoration was being made possible with the help and support of the community and sponsors.

Prime Minister Modi had announced the formation of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust in February. The Trust has invited Modi to lay the foundation stone of the grand Ram Temple. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to lay the foundation stone for construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya on Wednesday.

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