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Linking Hinduism symbols With Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ Video Draws Criticism


Hindus are critical of “unnecessary dragging” of Hinduism concepts and symbols with Lady Gaga’s recently debuted lead single and title track “Born This Way” of the upcoming album of the same name.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA), said that though many critics and fans were attempting to “find serious linkage” between revered Hindu imagery and Gaga’s video and claiming that she was delivering a strong message through these ancient symbols, he did not visualize any.

Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, argued that Hinduism was the oldest and third largest religion of the world with a rich philosophy. Its concepts and symbols were intended to be worshipped or used for spiritual purposes and not to be loosely thrown around in music videos for mercantile greed.

While deconstructing this Gaga video, many critics, fansites, and others mentioned the presence of third eye, lotus flowers, Hindu goddess, etc., imagery, which they claimed was a symbolism taken from Hinduism.

American cultural icon Lady Gaga (Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta), 24, has been listed in Time and Forbes lists of 100 most influential people in the world. Her single “Poker Face” reportedly topped nearly all the charts worldwide and won her a Grammy. She has reportedly received about 92 awards. “Born This Way”, her second studio album and third major release, is scheduled for release on May 23 next by Interscope Records. “Born This Way” single, besides huge success in USA, was among the top five in many countries around the world.

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