The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon) has called for action against Tamil Nadu Minister Udhayanidhi Stalin over his recent remarks regarding Sanatana Dharma, a move that has sparked a heated debate and backlash.
Udhayanidhi Stalin, a prominent leader of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party and the son of Chief Minister MK Stalin, ignited controversy when he declared that Sanatana Dharma is incompatible with the concept of social justice and advocated for its “elimination.” He likened Sanatana Dharma to diseases like dengue and malaria, drawing sharp criticism, particularly from BJP leaders.
Iskcon-Kolkata Vice-President Radharaman Das questioned why the Supreme Court has not taken suo motu cognizance of what he described as hate speech. He pointed out that the apex court has previously emphasized the need for action against hate speech and the involvement of law enforcement agencies.
The comment by Udhayanidhi Stalin has garnered significant attention and criticism from various quarters, with some accusing him of making a “genocidal call.” Religious leaders and organizations have expressed their displeasure with his remarks.
Iskcon intends to write to the Prime Minister to seek legal action in response to Udhayanidhi Stalin’s comments. Das emphasized the importance of addressing such statements, especially given Udhayanidhi’s position as the son of the Chief Minister and a government minister.
Furthermore, Das highlighted the need for upholding the principles of secularism in a diverse and democratic country like India. He questioned how a person in such an influential position could make such statements without facing consequences.
The controversy surrounding Udhayanidhi Stalin’s remarks continues to be a subject of debate and concern, with various organizations and leaders demanding accountability for his statements.