‘Chinese’ Ganeshas have narrower eyes: Defense Minister


New Delhi: With India becoming a dumping ground for Chinese manufacturer, idols of India gods and goddesses too have been molded the Chinese way, with Ganesha idols featuring narrower eyes.

Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday said that idols of Lord Ganesha, coming to India from China with eyes becoming narrower and narrower.

Parrikar, who was addressing a seminar on ‘Design and Make In India-Electronics,’ was talking about the importance of government’s flagship initiative. The Minister said he often gets statues of Gods, especially Ganesha, as gifts when he attends programmes.

“I found that nowadays the eyes are becoming smaller and smaller. One day I turned it back and found Made in China,” he said leaving the audience at Vivekananda International Foundation in splits.

He said Indians have imagined the facial features of Goddess Saraswati and Ganesha among others based on the paintings of Raja Ravi Verma.

“Don’t be surprised if it slowly changes. So we have to start ‘Make in India’ right from Diwali gifts to our own Gods. I think it is quite serious,” he said, talking about the Chinese edge over India in manufacturing.