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Do people like Swami Chakrapani represent Hinduism?

Do people like Swami Chakrapani deserve to be called “spiritual guru” or even represent Hinduism? HW News brings you reactions from across party lines.

Swami Chakrapani, the self-proclaimed religious leader known for his controversial statements, has defended the Hindu organization ‘Sanatan Sanstha’ allegedly involved in various acts of terrorism in the country. Talking to HW News, he said that the organization works for Hindus and thus a conspiracy is being hatched against it. However, Swami Chakrapani is defending an organization which is accused of destroying the country’s ethos by carrying out terrorist activities, as well as many state governments, have demanded to ban this organization.
Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) recently arrested three activists connected to Sanatan Sanstha – Vaibhav Raut, Sharad Kalaskar and Sudhanva Jogalekar. The ATS claims that these people were plotting serial blasts in Mumbai, Pune, Satara and other areas of Maharashtra. Vaibhav Raut has allegedly been associated with Sanatan Sanstha. With the arrest of the three, the suspicion of the investigating agencies has deepened on the Sanatan Sanstha and the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti.
On one hand, Swami Chakrapani is defending such organization, on the other, he openly propagates hatred towards the people of flood-stricken Kerala. In a controversial statement, he even said that beef eating is the reason behind the flood and people should only help those who do not consume beef. He had also supported rape convict Asaram in the past. He also figures in a list of fake Godmen announced by the Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad.
Do such people deserve to be called “spiritual guru” or even represent Hinduism? HW News brings you reactions from personalities across different political parties:
Prithviraj Chavan, Former Maharashtra CM:
“I don’t know who this person is or which religious organization he belongs to but if you ask me about the defending comment that he made on Sanatan Sanstha then I can only say that police is doing their work, there have been four murders and has this happened by its own? Someone or some people must have done it and if the police have arrested them based on evidence then how can one call this a political propaganda. though we are not fully satisfied with the work they are doing, they are doing fairly well. The Fadnavis government with the help of police is doing their work so I don’t see any political agenda in this. I would have commented or considered his views had he been a political commentator. Is he a representative of Sanatan Sanstha? If no, then why do I comment on him? These are all nonsensical things. There have been two murders and it is the police’s duty to catch hold of the criminals.”
Nawab Malik, NCP Spokesperson:
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“All self-proclaimed godmen have no respect in the society. They try to speak in a manner to get some publicity. These self-proclaimed representatives of religious organizations have no respect in the society or in the country, this man for that matter is just giving out baseless claims to garner media attention and we think as a party that any interaction with this kind of a man must be neglected. He consciously makes controversial comments so that he can engage in any kind of media attention that he might get. He does not have any followers or following in the country. All these religious organizations do not have a mass following. They are releasing this kind of nonsense statements to get publicity and to create panic in the society. The provoking statement that he has made on Sanatan Sanstha, the government should register a case against him and he must be arrested. If he has hurt the sentiments of the people of this country a strong stand must be taken against him.”
Madhav Bhandari, BJP Spokesperson:
“I have been in social life for the last 30 years and I have good penetration in the society. I don’t know each and everybody, but at least I know thousands of names in Maharashtra, and those who are working for Hinduism and Hindu culture, and know hundred persons. I had never heard of such a name. In our country, through our constitution, we have been given a free right of speech. Anybody can express his views, anybody can preach his views, he has liberty, and the society, the common man also has the proper sense to weigh such persons and give them the proper representation, the people who are in media, however, have lost the common sense.”

Shriraj Nair, VHP Spokesperson:


“I won’t be able to make any statement on any individual as such if he represents true Hinduism or not but let the law take its own course. We as a religious organization are a responsible one not like other religious organizations.”

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