Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a scathing attack on the Opposition on Thursday, asserting that the "INDI alliance" posed a threat to "Sanatana Dharma" and India's culture. The term "Sanatana Dharma" gained prominence after Tamil Nadu's DMK leader Udhayanidhi Stalin's controversial remarks, in which he called for the eradication of it. In response to this statement, PM Modi expressed the need for a "proper response."
Speaking at a rally in Madhya Pradesh's Sagar district, PM Modi referred to the Opposition coalition as "INDI alliance" instead of "INDIA," labeling it the "ghamandia" alliance that aimed to destroy "Sanatana Dharma." He accused this alliance of having a hidden agenda to end India's cultural heritage.
PM Modi criticized the alliance for targeting the Sanatana tradition, which he argued has been a source of inspiration for many. He emphasized the need to challenge the call for the eradication of Sanatana Dharma, stating that allowing such remarks to go unchallenged would have adverse consequences.
He warned, "Today, they have openly started targeting Sanatana, tomorrow they will increase the attacks on us. All 'Sanatanis' and the people who love our country will have to be alert. We will have to stop such people."
The controversy over these remarks has escalated in recent weeks, with BJP leaders accusing opposition members of harboring "deep-rooted Hinduphobia." Udhayanidhi Stalin's remarks prompted a case to be registered against him in Maharashtra's Thane, with the complainant alleging that his comments hurt the sentiments and religious feelings of Sanatana Dharma followers.
Earlier, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had defended Sanatana Dharma, describing it as the "Rashtriya" (national) religion of India that cannot be erased by those seeking power.
Author: Anushka Taraniya
News Writer, MIT ADT University