A Hindu activist cum Stunt Master has been booked for saying that only the day when Periyar statue in front of Srirangam temple is broken, will truly be the day of Hindu uprising. The DMK government is yet to book those who denigrated Bhagwan Shiva and Ma Kaali, but has been searching for Stunt Master Kanal Kannan to arrest him.
Hindu Munnani, a leading Tamil Hindu outfit conducted a month long yatra to spread awareness about Hindu rights. In the closing ceremony of the yatra, Kanal Kannan, a well known Stunt Master in Kollywood and the State President of the Arts wing of Hindu Munnani spoke about Periyar aka EV Ramasamy’s statues intentionally installed in front of temples. He said, “Nearly one lakh devotees come to worship Sri Ranganatha Swamy everyday. But when they come out there is a statue of one who said there is no god welcoming them. Only the day on which it is broken will be the day on which the real Hindu uprising would have taken place”.
His speech was widely shared on social media and attracted the attention of Periyarists who filed complaints against him. Based on a complaint from Thanthai Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam he has been booked under Sections 153 (Wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot) and 505(1)(b) (with intent to cause, fear or alarm to the public, or whereby any person may be induced to commit an offence against the State or against the public tranquility) of the Indian Penal Code.
His house was searched and policemen are reportedly waiting at multiple locations to arrest him the moment he arrives. This is totally in contrast with how the TN government even when ADMK was in power dealt with abusers of Hindu deities.
Periyarist men behind Karuppar Kootam, a YouTube channel, were arrested by the Central Cyber Crime police only after continuous protests by the public and Hindu organisations. The channel had posted a video denigrating Bhagwan Muruga and Kanda Sashti Kavacham in obscene language. DMK legal wing had reportedly helped them get bail.
Another YouTube channel run by Periyarists, U2 Brutus had denigrated the cosmic dance of Bhagwan Shiva and mocked the principle of Chidambara Rahasyam. Despite multiple complaints they are yet to be even booked. There have been many instances of evangelist Mohan C Lazarus, DMK ally MP Thirumavalavan, etc abusing and denigrating Hindu deities and beliefs.
Lazarus once said that temples are forts of Satan. But he was let off with a ‘regret’ by the court. Thirumavalavan had described Hindu temples as ones with obscene figurines. He had also called for Chidambaram Nataraja, Madurai Meenakshi, Srirangam Ranganatha Swamy and other temples to be demolished claiming that they were originally Buddhist shrines. But no action was taken against him despite complaints and he is enjoying power as a Loksabha MP, that too, from Chidambaram constituency.
BJP has pointed this out and extended support to Kanal Kannan. State President K Annamalai said, “Someone abused and denigrated Bhagwan Shiva in a YouTube channel. He mocked the concept behind the cosmic dance of Nataraja. BJP members have given complaints against him in 42 places across the state. But none of them were accepted by police for investigation. TN is the land where Shaivites are in majority yet these people are hiding under the garb of journalists. CM meets such people and even takes photos which is broadcasted”.
“They call it freedom of speech. But when Kanal Kannan says one word, 10 policemen rush to his house. If you conduct a poll among 1000 people on whether that statue should be in front of Srirangam temple, all the 1000 will say that it shouldn’t be there. Is that statue necessary in a place where people come to worship is the question I ask and it is from that point of view I see Kanal Kannan’s question”, he said.