Tamil Nadu Minister Udhayanidhi Stalin’s controversial stance on ‘Sanatan Dharma’ sparks debate. He stands firm, facing criticism and support, clarifying his position on religious practices. Learn more.
Reiteration of “Sanatan Dharma Eradication” Statement
Tamil Nadu Minister and DMK leader, Udhayanidhi Stalin, stood by his statement about “eradicating Sanatan Dharma.” He emphasized that he never mentioned “genocide” and is ready to face any legal consequences. He left the judgment to the public.
Denial of Spreading Fake News
In an exclusive interview with News18, Udhayanidhi accused the BJP of spreading fake news. He affirmed his commitment to his initial statement, clarifying that he criticized certain practices within ‘Sanatan Dharma,’ not the entire religion. He stated his unwavering stance against these practices.
Response to BJP’s Plan to Submit a Letter
Regarding the BJP’s plan to submit a letter to the Governor, Udhayanidhi expressed his willingness to face any action and reiterated that the decision should be left to the public.
Support from Communist Party of India
Communist Party of India General Secretary D Raja supported Udhayanidhi’s viewpoint by stating that ‘Sanatan Dharma’ perpetuates casteism and patriarchy. He asserted that Udhayanidhi did not say anything wrong and called for a fight against ‘Sanatan Dharma.’
Controversial Remarks and Comparison to Diseases
Udhayanidhi made the controversial remarks during an address at a writers’ and artists’ meet. He likened ‘Sanatana Dharma’ to diseases like coronavirus, malaria, and dengue fever, emphasizing that it should be eradicated. He argued that it goes against equality and social justice.
DMK’s Legacy of Promoting Equality
He highlighted the legacy of late CM and DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi, who established equality neighborhoods (Samathuvapuram) and settled people from all communities in one place. Udhayanidhi also mentioned measures taken by the current Chief Minister, MK Stalin, to promote inclusivity, such as appointing individuals of all castes as temple priests.
Empowerment of Women
Udhayanidhi further accused ‘Sanatan Dharma’ of restricting women’s freedoms in the past. He contrasted this with the present, where women are excelling in sports and achieving financial independence.