By Muslim Mirror Staff
Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara has made controversial remarks regarding Hinduism, raising eyebrows and triggering a wave of criticism.
At an event held in Tumakuru, Karnataka, on September 2, G Parameshwara, the Karnataka Home Minister, stirred controversy by questioning the origins of Hinduism. He stated, “There are many religions born. Hindu dharma – When was it born? What are its origins, has remained a question mark. It still has not been answered. Buddhism was born in India. Jainism was born in India. Islam and Christianity came from abroad. The sum up of all these (religions) is betterment of society.”
Parameshwara’s comments have drawn strong condemnation from opposition leaders, particularly from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). BJP lawmaker Kota Srinivas Poojary criticized the statement as “distasteful” and unwarranted, accusing Parameshwara of attempting to appease specific communities. He expressed disappointment that such a statement had come from a senior minister.
Another BJP leader, N Ravi Kumar, accused Parameshwara of attempting to ridicule Hinduism, emphasizing its age-old traditions and widespread reverence. He stated that Hinduism serves as the basis for many religions and has roots dating back thousands of years.
MP DV Sadananda Gowda echoed these sentiments, describing Hinduism as an incomparable faith with untraceable roots that have influenced various beliefs over time.
CN Ashwath, a BJP legislator, went further, accusing Parameshwara and his associates of being influenced by Left-wing ideologies and attempting to undermine India’s culture and traditions. Ashwath challenged Parameshwara to speak similarly about other religions and suggested that he reconsider his position if he was dissatisfied with Hinduism.
Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar refrained from commenting directly on the controversy, stating that he was a proud Indian.
Meanwhile, in Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur, Tamil Nadu Minister Udhayanidhi Stalin and Karnataka Minister Priyank Kharge face legal action for allegedly outraging religious feelings and promoting enmity between different religious groups.
“Mosquitoes, dengue, flu, malaria, corona – we should not oppose these things. They’ve to be eradicated completely.” Stalin then added, “The same is the case with Santanam (Hinduism). Our first work should be to abolish/eradicate Sanatanam instead of opposing it. So, my appreciation to you all for giving an apt title to the meeting,” Stalin had said.