WATCH: Videos of 'Dharma Sansad' preaching violence against Muslims trigger outrage
Videos on social media of a 'Dharma Sansad' in Haridwar in Uttarakhand have triggered outrage and condemnation. The videos show speakers preaching violence against Muslims
Videos on social media of a "Dharma Sansad" in Haridwar in Uttarakhand have triggered outrage and condemnation. The videos show speakers preaching violence against Muslims and pledge to fight for a Hindu nation.
Saket Gokhale, Trinamool Congress leader and RTI activist has filed a complaint against the organisers and speakers at the three-day Dharma Sansad that closed on Monday.
According to a report in NDTV, three days after the event ended, no action has been taken on the hate speeches. When asked, the police said there was no FIR because no complaint had been filed so far. "The police are monitoring the situation," said Haridwar Superintendent of Police Swatantra Kumar Singh.
The sansad was reportedly organised by Yati Narasimhanand. According to Saket Gokhale's complaint, others associated with the gathering are Hindu Raksha Sena's Prabodhanand Giri, BJP women's wing leader Udita Tyagi and BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay, who is out on bail in hate speech case.
In one of the videos, Suresh Chavhanke, the editor-in-chief of Sudarshan News, can be seen administering an oath to people to “die for and kill” to make India a “Hindu rashtra” or a Hindu nation.
Prabodhanand Giri can be heard saying, "Hindus should pick up weapons."
Another video from the controversial event shows Pooja Shakun Pandey, aka "Sadhvi Annapurna", giving a call to take up arms and urging violence against Muslims.
Pooja Shakun made headlines in 2019 when she fired a shot at an effigy of Mahatma Gandhi, raised slogans praising Nathuram Godse and set fire to the effigy.
A pledge to fight for a Hindu nation by Hindu Yuva Vahini has evoked a response from tennis legend Martina Navratilova also.
"What is going on?!?" - Martina Navratilova's tweeted in the afternoon.
In one of the videos, the speaker, Swami Dharam Das Maharaj, talks about "becoming Nathuram Godse" and shooting Manmohan Singh (former Prime Minister) in parliament.
The National Herald cannot independently verify the authenticity of the clips.
"WHY IS THIS NOT BEING STOPPED? With our Jawans facing enemies on two fronts, do we want a communal blood-bath, domestic turmoil and international disgrace? Is it difficult to understand that anything which damages national cohesion and unity endangers India's national security," former Navy Chief Arun Prakash wrote on twitter.
Former Army Chief General VP Malik wrote: "Agreed. Such speeches disturb public harmony and affect national security. Action required by Civil Administration."
Actor Swara Bhaskar also flagged the Haridwar videos in her tweet.