Amid row over Udhayanidhi's remark, this US city declares ‘Sanatana Dharma’ Day | World News - Hindustan Times
close_game
close_game

Amid row over Udhayanidhi's remark, this US city declares Sept 3 as ‘Sanatana Dharma’ Day

Sep 07, 2023 08:01 PM IST

A controversy erupted after Udhayanidhi compared ‘Sanatana Dharma’ with diseases like dengue, malaria and said it should not be merely opposed but "eradicated".

Amid the row over Tamil Nadu minister and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader Udhayanidhi Stalin's remark on ‘Sanatana Dharma’ in India, a city in the United States has declared September 3 as Sanatana Dharma Day.

A US city declared Sept 3 as ‘Sanatana Dharma’ Day
A US city declared Sept 3 as ‘Sanatana Dharma’ Day

According to reports, the mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, Craig Greenberg made the proclamation on Tuesday. Reportedly, the official proclamation was read by deputy mayor Barbara Sexton Smith during the Maha Kumbha Abhishekam celebration at the Hindu Temple in the city.

Unlock exclusive access to the latest news on India's general elections, only on the HT App. Download Now! Download Now!

Also read: PM Modi speaks on Sanatan controversy, asks ministers to give 'befitting reply'

Several spiritual leaders including Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Chidanand Saraswati, president of Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh, and Bhagawati Saraswati were present at the event.

One of the spiritual leaders Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati shared pictures from the event on X, formerly known as Twitter, and wrote: “The re-consecration - or #Mahakumbh #Abhishekam - of the #Hindu Temple of #Kentucky was made more powerful and significant @LouisvilleMayor's proclamation of 3 September 2023 as #SanatanaDharma Day! A wonderful new chapter in the glorious saga of #Indian culture!”

A massive controversy erupted after Tamil Nadu chief minister's son Udhayanidhi compared the ‘Sanatana Dharma’ with diseases like dengue and malaria and said it should not be merely opposed but "eradicated".

Also read: On ‘Sanatana Dharma’ row, Anurag Thakur's ‘Ghamandiya alliance’ jibe at opposition's INDIA bloc

“A few things cannot be opposed, that should be abolished only. We can't oppose dengue, mosquitoes, malaria, or corona. We have to eradicate this, that's how we have to eradicate Sanatana. Rather opposing Sanatana it should be eradicated," he said in Chennai last week.

On Wednesday, an FIR was filed against Udhayanidhi and Congress leader Priyank Kharge for “hurting religious sentiments” under Section 153A (promoting enmity between different religious groups), 295A (deliberate and malicious acts to outrage religious feelings) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The FIR was filed based on the complaints of advocates at Rampur in Uttar Pradesh.

Tell us what your First Vote will stand for in a short video & get a chance to be featured on HT’s social media handles. Click here to know more!

Get Current Updates on India News, Elections 2024, Lok sabha election 2024 voting live , Karnataka election 2024 live in Bengaluru , Election 2024 Date along with Latest News and Top Headlines from India and around the world.
SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Share this article
SHARE
Story Saved
Live Score
OPEN APP
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Tuesday, May 28, 2024
Start 14 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Follow Us On