It has been explained to me that Canada's Hindu community is, on the whole, quiet and unassertive. Thus, while often horrified by the actions of Ron Banerjee and his group Canadian Hindu Advocacy, there has been no concerted attempt counter his extremist views. But it seems that Ron's latest antics have been too over-the-top, and gathered too much media attention, for this strategy to remain viable:
“I can see no reason for showing the film in light of what is happening across the world,” said Pandit Roopnauth Sharma, president of the Canadian Hindu Federation and a pandit at Ram Mandir, a Hindu temple in Mississauga.
Ron Banerjee, who heads a group called Canadian Hindu Advocacy, said last week he will show the film, which portrays the prophet Muhammad as a madman and womanizer, to fight intolerance. Banerjee said he will also show snippets from movies that are insulting to Christians and Hindus.
However, Sharma called Banerjee’s motives “suspect” and said he is creating a situation that can lead to unnecessary conflict and is trying to put “Hindus in conflict with the Muslim community.”
Meanwhile, protests over The Innocence Of Muslims have have fizzled, the war drums have begun to fade, and the world is slowly returning to its usual simmer.