What VHP America’s Invitation to a Hatemonger, Now Rescinded, Tells Us About Sangh Parivar – By Sunita Viswanath
As a Hindu who stands firmly opposed to caste, I celebrate April 14 as Ambedkar Jayanti, the birth anniversary of Dr B.R. Ambedkar, who fought for caste abolition and was the architect of the Constitution of India. This moment sees the convergence of both Ambedkar Jayanti and so many religious festivals:…
At this auspicious moment, I found myself deeply disturbed. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad-America (VHPA) is hosting a virtual Ramayan Path (recitation of the Ramayana) for Chaitra Navratri, starting today. That isn’t a problem. The problem was their choice of main speaker: Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati, chief priest of the Dasna Devi Temple in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, and the leader of an organisation called Hindu Swabhiman (Hindu Self-Respect).
After considerable outrage and an online petition, the VHPA has distanced itself from the event and also said that the event involving Narsinghanand has been cancelled. Here’s why the invitation had caused so much outrage to begin with….