In a recent statement that has stirred up controversy and sparked outrage across India, the respected Jagadguru Shankaracharya Puri Swami Nischalanand Saraswati declared that “Earth is Hindu, Water is Hindu, Fire is Hindu, Air, and Sky, all are Hindu. The one who tries to destroy Hindus does not know that he is putting his own existence in danger.”
The statement, made by the head of one of the four major Hindu religious institutions in India, has been met with mixed reactions. While some have praised the Shankaracharya for his unwavering commitment to Hinduism, others have criticized him for promoting divisive and exclusionary rhetoric.
Many prominent figures, including politicians and religious leaders, have spoken out against the statement, calling it a dangerous and inflammatory message that has the potential to incite violence and harm India’s diverse communities. They have called on Shankaracharya to retract his statement and apologize for the harm it has caused.
Despite the backlash, the Shankaracharya has stood by his words, claiming that he was simply stating a fact and expressing his deep love for the Hindu Dharma. He has also called on all Hindus to unite and defend their faith against those who seek to destroy it.
The controversy surrounding Shankaracharya’s statement highlights the ongoing tensions between India’s different religious and ethnic groups. As the country continues to grapple with issues of identity and belonging, it is important for leaders to promote messages of tolerance, inclusivity, and respect for all.