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PM Modi speaks out on the Sanatan Dharma controversy

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Sanatan Dharma controversy, which resulted from Minister Udhayanidhi of Tamil Nadu’s remark that Sanatan should be destroyed like dengue and malaria. According to LiveHindustan, PM Modi brought up the subject in a casual conversation with the ministers during the Cabinet meeting and instructed them to respond appropriately to the Sanatan Dharma debate. To oppose the opposition leaders in the Sanatan row, they should do their research and deliver the facts without letting the India versus Bharat controversy overshadow the Sanatan row. According to the report, PM Modi further advised that only party spokespeople should address the India vs. Bharat controversy.

What is Sanatana Row ?

Udhayanidhi Stalin, the son of MK Stalin, the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, sparked controversy when he emphasised that Sanatan Dharma should be eradicated and compared it to dengue and malaria.

The remark caused a significant political outrage, with BJP officials asking INDIA leaders if it represented the opposition’s views as a whole. Udhayanidhi was also charged with inciting genocide.

Udhayanidhi stood by what he said and made it clear that his comment was directed against caste-based society in the face of widespread indignation over it. He asserted that when PM Modi speaks of a Congress-mukt Bharat, he does not mean to eliminate all members of the Congress. He disputed that his remarks were genocide-related.

There was debate among the opposition parties in INDIA about Udhay’s remark. Udhay’s remarks were backed by Priyank Kharge and Karti Chidambaram of the Congress. Under Sections 295A (deliberate and intentional acts to outrage religious sentiments) and 153 A (promoting enmity between different religious groups) of the IPC, an FIR was filed in Rampur, Uttar Pradesh, against Priyank and Udhayanidhi.

Udhayanidhi, the leader of the DMK, defended his remarks criticising a caste-based society by pointing to the Centre’s decision to not invite President Droupadi Murmu to the opening of Parliament as an example of discrimination under Sanatan Dharma. In his greeting on teachers’ day, Udhay also mocked Mahabharata’s Dronacharya for requesting Eklavvya’s thumb. Eklavya was taken advantage of because he was a tribal lad, according to Udhay.

Amit Shah, the union home minister, was the first central minister to respond to Udhayanidhi’s assertion that the INDIA coalition is anti-Hindu.

The Sanatan Dharma controversy has drawn comments from a number of BJP ministers, but PM Modi bringing it up with the ministers shows that the BJP would not let the matter go away lightly.

Arvind Kejriwal, the Aam Aadmi Party’s chief and Delhi’s chief minister, came out against Udhayanidhi’s statement. I’m a follower of Sanatan Dharma. Many of you also practise Sanatan Dharma. I believe we should respect one another’s religious beliefs and refrain from disparaging them. It is improper. “Everyone should respect the religious beliefs of others,” added Kejriwal.

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