Coming close on the heels of RSS and BJP's ‘Vamana Jayanthi’ controversy is a new one, with the Kerala BJP claiming Sree Narayana Guru was a 'Hindu saint’.
This is what the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Kerala posted on their official Facebook page on the occasion of the Sree Narayana Guru Jayanthi on Friday.
“Sree Narayana Guru is the greatest Hindu sanyasi that Kerala has gifted to the world. He is also the biggest revolutionary to have reformed the Hindu religion of all its ills. Even when the Guru raised his voice against corrupt practices that had crept into Hinduism, he took special care not to go against his own religion.
Guru’s actions should be a lesson to all those ‘progressive’ hypocrites who do not hesitate to speak against their state and culture in the name of modern thought. What is interesting is the fact that those who now try to make the Guru as one of their own -against the backdrop of the rising appeal of the Guru’s teachings among the masses- had once insulted and mocked the Guru and his teachings.
We will fight against any attempt to either distort the Guru’s teachings or to pluck him out of mainstream society. When the national summit of the Jan Sangh first met at Kozhikode in Kerala, the venue was named after the Guru."
While Kerala Congress Pradesh Committee (KPCC) president VM Sudheeran was quick to accuse the BJP of insulting the Guru, netizens were even quicker to jump in the fray, with many mocking the party for trying to portray the Guru in saffron robes.
Most were unanimous in their opinion on how the Guru could not be made an icon of any particular religion, as he was the one who propagated the revolutionary idea of ‘One Religion, One God, One Caste’.
One even went to the extent of advising the party to prop up Vamana and Vellappaly Natesan as their own, and leave the Guru alone, as he belonged to all people.
While some tried to make it out to be a battle between the communists and the Sanghis, the majority pointed out how the Guru occupied a place of pride in Kerala society that was above all petty politics.