Doga is a fictional character, an Indian comic book superhero character appearing in Raj Comics, published and distributed across India. Created by Tarun kumar Wahi, Sanjay Gupta & artist Manu in the November 1992, Doga is the first and as yet the only antihero character in Raj Comics. The character first appeared in the issue Curfew.
Deeply affected by his past and the cruelty on his life, circumstances forced orphan Suraj to fight against evil or lose everyone he ever loved. To destroy the evil he suffered since childhood and save his loved ones Suraj concealed his identity behind a dog mask, adopted the name Doga and set out to eliminate all the evil against humanity. Doga is a vigilante who believes in "Uprooting the problem rather than solving it". He does not believe in upholding the laws and rules of the world since he considers the whole system corrupt.
Doga is considered to be among the three most popular comic leading characters created by Raj Comics due to his huge fan following, the other two being Nagraj and Super Commando Dhruva. His comics feature real life like stories usually inspired from true events giving his comics a realistic world far from science fiction making him more popular among mature readers.
In August 2008 Indian Film maker Anurag Kashyap declared that he will be making a movie on Doga's character in a project produced by Sony International. Production was expected to begin in the middle of the year 2010. However, the project was postponed. Production was expected to begin in mid-2013 and Kunal Kapoor was rumored playing the lead.
Doga can refer to:
- Doga language, an Oceanic language of Papua New Guinea
- Doga (Dog Yoga), dog yoga
- Doga Gewog, a village block of Paro District, Bhutan
__NOTOC__ Doga (a portmanteau of "Dog Yoga") is the practice of yoga with pet dogs.
Through acts of meditation, gentle massage, and stretching, doga practitioners seek to achieve a greater harmony with their dogs. Canine acupuncture and chanting are also known to take place within the occasional doga routine.
In Doga, the submissive dogs and their human masters work as one unit - the masters help their dogs facilitate different poses and, in some cases, the pets are used as props or instruments while the masters perfect their poses. This is seen to be a unique way of practicing non-traditional yoga and training, while exploring power play dynamics.
Doga has received some criticism from the yoga community. Doga classes have been labeled inappropriate for trivializing the sacred practice by turning it into a "fad", for their lax policies on teacher certification, and for the dogs' interference in participants' concentration and relaxation when they are not properly trained to cooperate.
The UK charity Dogs Trust have also warned that unsupervised Doga may impact the welfare of the dogs, stating: "It is important to remember that dogs can't tell us when they have had enough. Doga, and any variation of it, should always be carried out under the watchful eye of trained professionals".
Doga enthusiasts have argued that the practice emphasizes yoga's focus on union between beings, helps establish a pack mentality, strengthens the bond between owner and pet, and can provide additional weight resistance thereby intensifying one's yoga ritual. Doga can purportedly also provide a great source of entertainment for dog-friendly class members.