A Close Shave For Hindutva
Former BJP cabinet minister Sushma Swaraj, the face of the BJP’s shrill anti-Sonia campaign, is under fire from leading Hindu dharmacharyas and heads, who say that Sushma’s threat to tonsure her head in the event of Sonia Gandhi becoming India’s prime minister is an insult to Hindu culture.
The first salvo was fired by the Dwarka Shankaracharya, Jagadguru Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati, who said that tonsuring of the head was most ‘un-Hindu’. "Hindu scriptures tell us that the head is tonsured in the event of death or similar situations. To use it as a form of protest against a living being is tantamount to abusing our ancient scriptures. It is an insult to anything living and our ancient sages are very clear about it," the Shankaracharya explained.
The mahant of the prestigious Kalkaji temple in the capital, Surendranath Avadhoot, says the BJP, which has deliberately forgotten the Ram temple issue, is now...