Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin responded strongly to the comments made by his cabinet colleague and son, Udhayanidhi Stalin, regarding ‘Sanatan Dharma.’ He clarified that Udhayanidhi’s remarks were aimed at criticizing the principles that promote discrimination against Scheduled Castes, tribals, and women.
Stalin pointed out that several prominent Indian leaders like Thanthai Periyar, Mahatma Jyotirao Phule, and Babasaheb Ambedkar have also spoken against regressive Sanatan ideologies, which justify discrimination based on one’s birth.
Prominent Indian Leaders Oppose Regressive Sanatan Ideologies
Stalin further emphasized that while India is making advancements like launching Chandrayaan to the Moon, there are still individuals advocating caste discrimination by emphasizing social hierarchy based on Varnashrama principles and using ancient texts to support their sectarian views. Udhayanidhi, according to Stalin, was specifically addressing these oppressive ideologies and calling for the elimination of practices based on them.
Udhayanidhi’s Call for Eradicating Sanatana Dharma Explained
The controversy arose when a video surfaced of Udhayanidhi Stalin addressing a gathering of the Tamil Nadu Progressive Writers and Artists Association. In the video, he called for the eradication of Sanatana Dharma to establish social justice and equality.
He used the analogy of eradicating things like dengue, mosquitoes, or COVID-19, suggesting that Sanatana Dharma should be similarly eradicated. The BJP criticized Udhayanidhi, alleging that he was advocating genocide, which Stalin refuted as a false narrative.
Stalin Criticizes BJP and UP Government over Threats and False Narratives
Stalin also criticized the Uttar Pradesh government for not taking action against Ayodhya seer Paramhans Acharya, who offered a ₹10 crore reward for beheading Udhayanidhi. He expressed concern about the spread of false information on social media and called on BJP leaders to verify the facts before commenting on Udhayanidhi’s statements.