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Times Now journalist intentionally misquotes TN Minister Rajendra Balaji

A Times Now journo misquoting a TN minister’s speech about medical treatment for Covid-19 has sparked outrage. Rajendra Balaji, minister of the Milk and Dairy Department in Tamil Nadu is infamous for being outspoken and speaking his mind on controversial issues.

Even as the vaccination program has been rolled out the PM has advised everyone to practice restraint and continue wearing masks. While talking on the subject, minister Rajendra Balaji advised the public to take Rasam, a kind of soup included in South Indian meals primarily for digestion.

Peppercorn and garlic are some of the main ingredients in preparing Rasam but herbs like chukku (dried ginger), Thippili, Chitharathai are used for both digestion and throat infection. Since throat infection is said to be the primary symptom of Covid-19 many have been taking these herbs in the form of Rasam, tablets, concoctions, and other forms as an immunity booster.

The minister suggested that people take Rasam prepared with garlic, peppercorns, and dried ginger to keep Covid-19 at bay. He said that his mom prepares the same for him and that no disease will affect one if they take such natural medicines, which are immunity boosters, everyday. He also said that if one does get a fever he/she shouldn’t be frightened and go to the nearest hospital and get treated.


But English media which acts as a spokesperson of western culture took “Corona will run away..Corona will die” from his speech and quoted it out of context to paint an image that he supported unscientific means of encountering Covid-19 infection. TimesNow ran it with headlines “Drink rasam daily, Coronavirus will run away or die: Tamil Nadu minister Rajendra Balaji” to deliberately create an image that the minister spoke without any scientific temper.

It must be noted that TN Siddha, the traditional medicinal practice of Tamil Hindus, doctors successfully treated Covid-19 patients. 16 out of 20 people, 14 of them symptomatic, were cured of the infection on the seventh day during the clinical trials of Siddha medicine. However, the doctors were allowed to treat only asymptomatic patients. The concoction of Siddha medicines known as KabaSura kudineer was distributed throughout the state to boost immunity. 

Earlier in 2019 when the actor turned politician Kamal Hassan called Nathuram Godse the first ‘Hindu terrorist’ Balaji said that his tongue should be cut off. At the initial stage of Covid-19 spread in Bharat when Muslims who went to Nizammudin Marakaz in Delhi were wreaking havoc all over the country, Balaji tweeted “what is happening today in our country is a lesson to those who mock Hindu way of praying, beliefs, and nature worship…Oh Bhagwan Shri Krishna Paramatma please save this country and its people from Corona”. Even though it mentions Abrahamics and atheist DK supporters the tweet is alleged to have cost him his official position in the party.

While speaking about murderous attacks on functionaries of Hindu outfits, Balaji warned that if Hindus hit back political parties won’t be able to withstand their ire. He called upon political parties of all spectrums to see the truth and condemn the perpetrators regardless of their religion and claimed that if the perpetrator is a Muslim they would say he didn’t do the crime at all.

Balaji cited the incident where a Muslim man raped an 8-year-old and confessed to the crime regarding which DMK didn’t raise its voice as the perpetrator was a Muslim. He warned that the emergence of Hindu militancy will be inevitable if political parties continue to encourage Islamic terrorism. He also quoted the cold blood murder of SI Wilson in Kanyakumari about which DMK supremo MK Stalin said nothing and did nothing as the murderers were Muslims.

“Some insult Shri Rama Piran and Sita piratti…Hindus are exercising patience. If they start hitting back (sic) will anyone speak ill of Hindu deities? If you like them worship them. If you don’t just walk away” were his words in an interview that prompted DMK, whose sole objective seems to be denigrating Sanatana Dharma nowadays, to seek out the governor to expunge him for his ‘communal’ remarks.

In the issue of allowing women of all ages in Sabarimala Rajendra Balaji said that people’s sentiments should be respected. He observed, “When women themselves have gathered in lakhs to protest against the violation of the age-old tradition, then their feelings should be respected”. Balaji had also criticized cine lyricist Vairamuthu when the latter called deity Aandal ‘Devadasi’ even as many politicians stayed away from the issue.

(Featured Image Source: Nakkheeran)

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