In a scathing attack on the opposition INDIA alliance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that it wants to finish Sanatana Dharma and push the country back into slavery for 1,000 years.
The statement, which was made by the Prime Minister at a rally in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh on Thursday, is his first public reaction to the controversy over DMK leader Udhayanidhi Stalin’s remarks on Sanatana Dharma.
“They held a meeting in Mumbai recently, and I think they decided the policy and strategy of how to run the ‘ghamandiya’ alliance there. They have also decided on a hidden agenda. The strategy is to attack the culture of India. They have decided to attack the faith of Indians and finish the thoughts, values and traditions that have united the country for thousands of years,” the PM said in Hindi.
Drawing a link between India’s heroes and the Sanatana culture, he said, “The ‘ghamandiya’ alliance has resolved to finish the Sanatana culture and traditions that inspired Devi Ahilyabai Holkar. It was the strength of Sanatana that the Rani of Jhansi, Lakshmibai, could challenge the British and say that she would not give up her Jhansi.”
PM Modi said Mahatma Gandhi considered Sanatana Dharma to be essential to his life. “He was inspired by Lord Ram all his life. His last words were ‘hey Ram’,” he added.
The Prime Minister asserted that Swami Vivekanand and Lokmanya Tilak were also inspired by Sanatana and it was this culture that moved freedom fighters who were hanged by the British to say that they wanted to be born “in the lap of Bharat Ma” again.