Chennai: The controversy over the “regressive” views within the Manusmriti, believed to be a Hindu textual content dictating the principles of morality, has snowballed over the previous few days right into a disagreement erupting between the Tamil Nadu BJP unit and DMK ally VCK, spilling onto the streets within the type of protests spearheaded by each teams.
Within the instances of digital period, when political campaigns are conceived and escalated on the social media, a webinar by VCK chief Thol Thirumavalavan on the Manusmriti turned out to be an efficient deal with for the BJP to set off a marketing campaign. On an ascendant word in Tamil Nadu, the BJP has been looking out for politically delicate developments; not too long ago, a Periyarist gang known as Karuppar Kootam was highlighted by right-wing YouTuber Maridhas to decry unsavoury remarks about Lord Murugan within the title of denial of God. Within the aftermath of the controversy, the BJP took photographs on the DMK for normalising diatribes in opposition to Hindu Gods.
With Thirumavalavan talking concerning the regressive legal guidelines within the Manusmriti, notably about how the textual content views girls in society, the BJP took the chance to fireside salvoes once more. Because the standoff escalated, the BJP introduced state-wide protests in opposition to Thirumavalavan on Tuesday.
Simply hours earlier than the state-wide protest by the BJP, its chief Khushbu was detained by the Chengalpattu police whereas she was on her option to Cuddalore district to take part within the protest. This detention was as a result of the Cuddalore district administration denied permission for the BJP protest scheduled for Tuesday.
In a response to the social media motion in opposition to Thirumavalavan after the webinar, the VCK held a protest final Saturday and firmly held its opposition to the Manusmriti, demanding its ban. Thirumavalavan and different VCK leaders put out translations of the textual content to underscore their view that it was a barrier to girls equality. On Saturday, DMK’s president MK Stalin weighed in, bringing the attitude that Thirumavalavan was simply echoing views of greats akin to BR Ambedkar and EV Ramasamy Periyar who campaigned all their lives in opposition to the Manusmriti and the Sanatana Dharma.
Because the state elections of 2021 close to, efforts to polarise the Tamil Nadu voters seem like afoot. Versus a number of states within the Hindi belt, the southern state has all the time given the slip to non secular polarisation, notably the brazen type practiced by the BJP and the Congress in states akin to Uttar Pradesh.
Political specialists view Thirumavalavan’s effort to focus on the Manusmriti as a transfer that may fetch few votes to the DMK alliance: “It could possibly dent the DMK’s picture and will even deny the get together extra votes in a really marginal method, however not a lot. That is additionally not going to get Thirumavalavan extra votes, which is already consolidated in Seeman’s[ Naam Tamizhar Katchi convenor] favour,” stated N. Sathiya Moorthy, political analyst, including that the controversy wouldn’t fetch the BJP any favour both, as such makes an attempt didn’t succeed even in the course of the instances of Karunanidhi and Jayalalithaa.