New Delhi: “Cholas are the ones who spread Sanatana Dharma to many countries,” said Congress MP to actor and Manima Party leader Kamal Haasan. Answered by Abhishek Manu Singhvi.
Alleging that Tamils are being deprived of their identity, director Vetri Maran said, “Raja Raja Cholan is not a Hindu”. While one side is arguing that Raja Raja Cholan is not a Hindu and the other side is arguing that he is a Hindu, Kamal Haasan spoke to the media and supported Vetri Maran’s opinion. He mentioned that during Raja Raja Chola’s time there was no word Hindu, only Saivism and Vaishnavism.
BJP strongly condemned the idea that Raja Raja Cholan was not a Hindu. Senior BJP leader H. Raja questioned whether Raja Raja Cholan, who built a temple for Lord Shiva, was a Hindu or not, and what church and mosque he built. He mentioned that Raja Raja Cholan was an ardent devotee of Shiva and called himself Shivpada Sekaran.
Responding to a question about Kamal’s comment, Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan said, “Saivism and Vaishnavism are the hallmarks of Hinduism.”
In this case, there has been opposition to Kamal Haasan from the Congress party in this matter. Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who posted a comment on his Twitter page in response to Kamal Haasan, said, “The word Hindu may not have existed during Raja Raja Chola’s time; But Sanatana Dharma is the foundation of the original Tamils. Also, “The Cholas worshiped Shiva, Vishnu and Durga. They are the ones who spread Sanatana Dharma to many countries. Atheism is not the basis of Tamil Nadu,” said Abhishek Manu Singhvi.
The term Hindu didn’t exist, but #SanatanDharma was foundation of early Tamils. #Cholas worshiped Shiva, Vishnu & Durga & spread Sanatan to many countries. Denial of religion or God not foundational in #TN. Yes ritualism & religious elitism rightly decried. #KamalHasan
— Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) October 7, 2022