i have been following the controversy over the uk stamp with hindus worshipping jesus which they simply refused to withdraw.
now take a look at this story from the discovery channel: http://dsc.discovery.com/news/briefs/20041220/boyjesus.html
i am amused to see discovery waffle about the shroud of turin, which has been authoritatively (by the vatican) judged to be a medieval fake. i guess they dont want to piss off the true believers too much.
i personally don't believe jesus existed at all, i think he's a mythical figure made up by paul (earlier saul, a criminal), a very clever man indeed. i personally also don't have any problems with mythical demigods, some of the best are mythical. but i do have a problem with the christist sleight-of-hand that implies that their mythology is history. it's not, christist mythology is mythology. (actually, they should be called paulists and not christists, because that's what they are, followers of paul).
but let us be charitable for a moment and indulge christist fantasy. so if jesus did exist, what is he likely to have looked like? the blond 'Aryan' look (picture 1) or the true arab look (picture 2)?
much more likely, picture 2, "dark, coarse, vacant-eyed, jewish". he would have looked like other jews and arabs around him, for after all, he was a jew/arab/semitic type and also an artisan-born, hounded religious extremist, not a well-manicured and well-coiffed aristocrat.
in general jesus wouldn't look, for instance, like an eskimo, or a blond, blue-eyed viking, nor like an upper-class, refined, educated person.
the perfect riposte to the british stamp would be for india post to bring out a christmas stamp with picture 2 (coarse, vacant) as the image. why, it is a picture of jesus from the discovery channel, just like you guys found a mughal painting supposedly "hanging in a mumbai museum". which mumbai museum, where? nobody knows. well, i am giving you the source, discovery channel, a reputable entity.
another possibility would be to have the robert mapplethorpe exhibit, "piss christ", with a crucifix upended in a beaker or urine, as the image on a christmas postage stamp from india post. why, this image was shown at an exhibition at a reputable american museum recently. got to be liberal, you know, give the opportunity to gay people too to express their ideas about jesus.
this is the sort of response christists would understand. just as they are scared of mohammedan knives and bullets, and the yanks are scared of chinese brickbats about human rights, an in-your-face, rude response would wake them up.
but of course natwar-types in india (beholden to lots of foreign cash) would never do this. it takes cojones.