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Politics Behind Tarun Sagar’s Visit to Haryana Vidhan Sabha : A Dalit Bahujan Perspective
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Politics Behind Tarun Sagar’s Visit to Haryana Vidhan Sabha : A Dalit Bahujan Perspective

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Gurinder Azad

Jai Bhim friends. Welcome to Round Table India’s Ambedkar Age program, a series of interviews, talks and documentaries on current issues from a Dalit Bahujan perspective. 

On 26 August 2016, Haryana government started the monsoon session of Vidhan Sabha with a speech by Tarun Sagar who is a Jain preacher. It is for the first time in the history of post independence India that a religious ‘guru’ was invited inside the Vidhan Sabha. As all of us know, Tarun Sagar doesn’t wear any garments, except a loin cloth. He came naked despite the fact that in the Vidhan Sabha there were women as well. 

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The speech Tarun Sagar delivered, if seen in the light of constitutional values, was quite problematic, particularly when he says, ‘religion is like a husband and politics is like a wife and the latter should remain in control of former’. 

Well, the question is – Why did Manohar Lal Khattar invite Tarun Sagar for the speech? What does it all gesture towards? 

In this interview, Mr. Arvind Shesh, a well known journalist in Hindi media, throws light on various aspects of Tarun Sagar’s visit and speech. A must watch talk for all!

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