“Even As We Launch Chandrayaan”: MK Stalin Defends Son In “Sanatan Dharma” Row

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin is Minister Udhayanidhi Stalin’s father (File).


Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Thursday launched a forceful defence of his minister Udhayanidhi Stalin – who’s on the centre of a storm over his “sanatana dharma should be eradicated” comment. In a prolonged assertion – in Tamil and English – the Chief Minister stated Mr Stalin had solely spoken about “inhuman rules preached by Sanatan… that discriminate towards Scheduled Castes, tribes and ladies” and “had no intention to offend any faith or non secular beliefs”.

The Chief Minister then ripped into “some individuals (who) propagate caste-based discrimination (and) nonetheless denigrate ladies on non secular platforms” and accused “pro-BJP forces unable to tolerate his stance towards oppressive rules” of spreading misinformation about his minister’s speech.

“They Use ‘Sanatan’ To Oppress Girls…”

“At the same time as we launch Chandrayaan to the Moon, some individuals proceed to propagate caste discrimination… emphasising social stratification based mostly on Varnashrama rules and citing sastras and different ancients texts to assist sectarian claims… some people nonetheless denigrate ladies on non secular platforms, arguing ladies shouldn’t work, widowed ladies shouldn’t remarry…”

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“They use the time period ‘Sanatan’ to perpetuate oppression of ladies, who make up greater than half of humankind. Udhayanidhi solely spoke towards such oppressive ideologies and referred to as (for the) eradication of practices based mostly on these ideologies,” Chief Minister Stalin wrote.

Accusing the ruling Bharatiya Janata Get together’s “troll military” of spreading lies, the Chief Minister additionally criticised union ministers Amit Shah and Rajnath Singh for spreading the “lie” that Udhayanidhi Stalin – who can also be his son – had “referred to as for the genocide of individuals with Sanatan ideas”.

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Udhayanidhi Stalin’s comment had drawn a number of sharp and crude feedback from BJP leaders, together with ex-Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, who referred to as the Tamil Nadu minister “Hitler” and declared “his mindset is as small as a mosquito and as soiled as malaria”.

A livid Tamil Nadu Chief Minister additionally slammed stories the chief priest of a temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya, had positioned a Rs 10 crore bounty on Udhayanidhi Stalin’s head.

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“Did Uttar Pradesh Authorities take any motion…? As a substitute, they filed instances towards Udhayanidhi…”

MK Stalin Hits Out At PM Modi

The Chief Minister additionally focused Prime Minister Narendra Modi for saying the comment “wants a correct response” , noting he had assets to confirm the true that means of what the Tamil Nadu minister stated.

“So, is the Prime Minister talking unaware of the lies unfold… or does he accomplish that knowingly?”

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“INDIA alliance by events against BJP appears to have rattled the Prime Minister. He’s proposing ‘One Nation, One Election’ out of worry… BJP will not be genuinely involved about discriminatory practices in ‘Sanatan’,” he declared, dismissing assaults on Mr Stalin as a “political gimmick”.

What Did Udhayanidhi Stalin Say?

Over the weekend, Mr Stalin – the grandson of ex-Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Karunanidhi – triggered controversy with a speech at an occasion. “Sanatana (Dharma) must be eradicated like malaria, dengue and mosquito and never opposed,” he stated.

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Mr Stalin has since doubled down on his remark, explaining he had solely “condemned caste variations” however stands able to face any authorized motion; he now faces a case by police in UP.

He has firmly denied any suggestion he had referred to as for a “genocide of individuals with Sanatan ideas”.

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