Jain monk Tarun Sagar, whose address to the Haryana assembly last week triggered a controversy, said on Monday he did not seek an apology from Bollywood singer and music composer Vishal Dadlani.
Dadlani, who mocked the saint, was booked after a member of an organisation -- named Jain Life -- filed a complaint with the Shahadra police station in Delhi.
Tarun Sagar, who was invited to address all Haryana lawmakers on Friday, said maybe Dadlani did not know anything about Jain monks, Jainism or their beliefs.
Dadlani had described Tarun Sagar’s speech as “monkery” and later deleted the tweet. He was critical of the speech by the saint “who has the same education” and “has no clothes on”, suggesting that it reflected an unhealthy trend of religion colouring politics.
The episode led Dadalni to quit politics, a decision he announced on Twitter a day ago.
The monks in Digambara (Sanskrit for sky-clad) sect of Jainism do not wear clothes — a symbol of shunning worldly possessions and indifference to earthly emotions such as shame.
“He just knows that the Digambar Sadhus remain naked. He does not know about the Indian culture. Had he known about that, he would not have made such a comment. There is no question of apology as I am not angry with him.
“But the people of the society who respects me get hurt and they protest. Everyone should have the courage to say something which is wrong,” Tarun Sagar said.
The Jain monk said he was in Delhi eight months ago as he had to address the Delhi assembly on March 15, but the programme got cancelled at last minute.
“Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and speaker Ram Niwas Goel had invited me. The speaker had told me that we would like to hear your speech whenever you come to Delhi. The work of the saints is to speak and make people understand.they do that,” he said.
Kejriwal described Tarun Maharaj “as a very revered saint, not just for Jains but everyone” and said those showing disrespect should stop.
Describing Dadlani’s remarks as ‘unfortunate’, Delhi home minister Satyendra Jain said the music composer has apologised for his unintentional comments.