Anyone who speaks against Sanatana Dharma will have his tongue pulled out and his eyes gouged out, Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said at a rally in Rajasthan’s Barmer, PTI reported on Tuesday.
Shekhawat made the remarks in response to a statement by Tamil Nadu minister Udhayanidhi Stalin that Sanatana Dharma – a term some people use as a synonym for Hinduism – must be eradicated, and not merely opposed. A video of the Union minister’s speech was shared widely on social media on Tuesday.
“We have to stand up to the challenge,” Shekhawat said. “We will pull out the tongue of anyone who speaks against Sanatana. We will also gouge out those eyes raised against Sanatana.”
The MP from Jodhpur also said that any person who speaks against Sanatana Dharma will not be able to hold on to power in the country.
“Rulers like Alauddin Khilji and Aurangzeb tried but ancestors of yours and mine were capable and protect the culture,” the Union minister said. “We swear by all those ancestors, whether it is Maharaja Surajmal, Veer Durgadas or Maharana Pratap, that we will not tolerate those who attack Sanatana. We will throw them away.”
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