A video clip of a DMK minister purportedly saying the INDIA alliance was formed to fight Sanatana Dharma went viral on social media on Monday. K Ponmudy, the Higher Education minister in the DMK government, made the remarks at the same conference to eradicate Sanatana Dharma, in which Chief Minister MK Stalin’s son Udhayanidhi Stalin had likened Sanatana Dharma with diseases like malaria, corona and dengue.
“I.N.D.I.A alliance is formed to fight against the principles of Santana Dharma, we may have our differences among us but the 26 parties in the alliance are united in the fight against Santana Dharma but we need political power for that”DMK Minister Ponmudi. pic.twitter.com/tKQTTv1VsZ— Vishwatma 🇮🇳 (@HLKodo) September 11, 2023
On September 2, Udhayanidhi, while speaking at the ‘Sanatana Abolition Conference’, created a political stir by comparing Sanatana Dharma to diseases like dengue fever, malaria, corona and stressing the need to eradicate them.
“There are some things which we have to eradicate and we can’t merely oppose. Mosquitoes, dengue fever, malaria, corona, all these are things which we cannot oppose, we have to eradicate them. Sanatana is also like this,” he said.
“I thank the organisers for giving me the opportunity to speak at this conference to eradicate Sanatana Dharma. I congratulate the organisers for calling the conference as ‘eradicate Sanatana Dharma’ instead of ‘opposing Sanatana Dharma,” he added.
The chief minister’s son further said, “Eradicating and not opposing Sanatanam should be our first task. What is Sanatanam? The name Sanatanam comes from Sanskrit. Sanatanam is against equality and social justice. The meaning of Sanatanam is nothing but ‘permanence’, something which cannot be changed. Nobody can question. This is the meaning of Sanatana.”
After his speech drew outrage in various circles, Udhayanidhi clarified that “never called for the genocide” of people who are following Sanatan Dharma.
With inputs from News18