SP leader calls Hindu religion ‘fraud’, sparks fresh controversy

| Updated: 26 December, 2023 11:07 pm IST

NEW DELHI :  Within just 24 hours of the Mahabrahman Sabha, Samajwadi Party leader Swami Prasad Maurya stirred controversy by calling Hinduism a “fraud religion”, on Tuesday.

“Hindu ek dhokha hai… In 1955, the Supreme Court said in its order that Hindu is not a religion but a way of life,” he stated.

Maurya cited a 1996 Supreme Court order, asserting, “Hinduism is not a religion but a way of living.”

However, upon making the statement, he defended it by questioning how Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief, Mohan Bhagwat, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi make similar statements but no one bats an eye.

“If Swami Prasad Maurya declares that Hinduism is not a religion but a deception, and what we refer to as Hinduism is a business for some, it causes nationwide earthquakes. However, if the same thing is said by Mohan Bhagwat, Narendra Modi, or (Nitin) Gadkari, their sentiments are not hurt, but when Swami Prasad Maurya says it, people’s sentiments become so fragile that they are hurt,” he said.

This remark adds to Maurya’s history of contentious statements on Hinduism.

His statement arrives at a time when Samajwadi Party President and former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, had warned against such comments against Hinduism. He had ensured that strict action would be taken against anyone who makes such remarks.

Following the warning, it was expected that Maurya would not make such comments yet it seems as if it has had no effect on the Legislative Council member.

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