Just months prior to the general elections, DMK supremo MK Stalin seems to have landed in a controversy, after a two year old video, showing the Karunanidhi scion criticising the Hindu rituals recently surfaced. In the video, Stalin is seen making objectionable remarks about Vaidika the traditional Hindu wedding ritual.
The smoke from the yajna (havan in Hindi) makes not only the bride and groom “cry a little” but also those around who witness the ceremony, and thus creates a sombre ambience, Stalin says in the video.
The Sanskrit mantras cannot be comprehended by anyone including the priest and its “inner meaning,” is “disgusting”, Stalin further says in the video clip.
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As the elections are right around the corner, Stalin’s political rivals naturally did not spare the opportunity to launch a few attacks on him. Accusing the DMK president of trying to create a rift in the society, ruling AIADMK sais that Stalin has miscalculated that he will get support from the minority community.
AIADMK’s mouthpiece Namadhu Puratchi Thalaivi Amma, in a write up titled “Arrogant speech”, alongside a caricature of Stalin, wondered why Hindu beliefs should be derided. Quoting verses of renowned Tamil poet and freedom fighter ‘Namakkal Kavignar’ V Ramalingam Pillai that unthoughtful barbs will only harbour hate, the AIADMK advocated vigil against it.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu’s very own Hindutva outfit Hindu Munnani has lashed out at Stalin and demanded apologies from him. “No one can interfere and say that only a particular kind of (weddings sans rituals) marriages should be performed,” the Hindu outfit leader said.
The DMK however has defended its leader saying that the video is an old one and Stalin in it is only echoing party’s atheistic ideology. “It is a two-year-old video clip and it has now been released, seeking to gain political mileage by right-wing supporters,” the spokesperson said and added that the video features only a portion of his speech.