Why is the DMK camp so composed over 'Sanatana Dharma' controversy?

With a 'self-proclaimed' seer from Uttar Pradesh offering a bounty on Stalin Jr's head, will the 'eradicate sanatana disease' remark turn Tamil Nadu politics on its head?

Udhayanidhi Stalin

Udhayanidhi Stalin

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Last week, amid controversy surrounding Tamil Nadu’s Youth Welfare and Sports Development Minister and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader Udhayanidhi Stalin due to his remarks on sanatana dharma, which kicked up a political storm, the DMK camp remained surprisingly composed. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) accused Udhayanidhi of calling for the “genocide” of Hindus, prompting Prime Minister Narendra Modi to weigh in, demanding a “proper response” to his remarks.

Interestingly, Chief Minister Muthuvel Karunanidhi Stalin, Udhayanidhi’s father, swiftly countered these accusations, dismissing them as a “false narrative”. In a statement, Stalin clarified, “Udhayanidhi expressed his views on the sanatan principles that discriminate against Scheduled Castes (SCs), tribals, and women, with no intention to offend any religion or religious beliefs. Pro-BJP forces

First Published: Sep 10 2023 | 11:21 PM IST

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