Responding to music director and AAP supporter Vishal Dadlani's 'monkery' tweet, Jain religious leader Tarun Sagar said, "I don't think he (Vishal Dadlani) knows anything about Jainism or our beliefs."
Vishal Dadlani's tweet mocking the Jain monk not only outraged the Jain community, but also Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who expressed his thoughts on the issue on Twitter and sought forgiveness of the religious leader. In fact, the backlash against Dadlani was such that he severed his political ties with Aam Aadmi Party.
Dadlani later apologised to the Jain monk saying he "made a mistake by offending the peaceful Jain community", to which Tarun Sagar said, "He has a right to differ, criticise. I don't care what people say about me."
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Speaking to News18, Tarun Sagar said that Satyender Jain came to apologise for the comments made by Vishal. “I told him I was not angry about it and that I have forgiven them. The person who made the comments did not know about Digambar saints," he said.
The Haryana government had invited the Jain monk, who appeared in nude, to deliver a lecture 'Kadve Vachan' in the Assembly on Friday. A day later, Dadlani in a tweet termed Tarun Sagar's speech as "monkery". However, that particular tweet was later removed.
The esteemed Digambar Jain guru Tarun Sagar spoke of the marriage between dharma and politics, terrorism and female foeticide.
The music composer decided to air his opinion on the Jain guru via the social media site, mocking the fact that the spiritual leader gave the speech in the nude. He used the hashtag #NoKachcheDin along with the tweet, which following the outrage was deleted. Furthermore, Dadlani also criticised people for "defending the monk's colossal idiocy".
Delhi PWD Minister Satyendar Jain met Tarun Sagar in Chandigarh on Monday in the wake of a controversy.
The meeting took place on Monday morning even as a group of Jain community members staged a protest outside Arvind Kejriwal's residence in the national capital, demanding immediate arrest of Dadlani.
"I met Tarun Sagar Maharaj and talked about the controversy that arose two days ago. He said that he was not affected by it and that he has forgiven those who inadvertently did so," the Delhi minister said.
Jain said efforts were on to politicise the whole issue and that the matter should be put to rest as the monk has forgiven the guilty.
"I feel some people are doing politics over it, the issue should be ended now. (Congress man) Tehsin Poonawala who commented against Maharaj-ji has not even apologised and none of his party's leaders, including Soniaji and Rahul Gandhi, has expressed regret over it. The matter should be kept away from politics," he said.
Jain said he and Kejriwal had earlier sought forgiveness for Dadlani's tweets.
"I also carried Arvind Kejriwal's message that he felt sad for what was said about him to which Maharaji-ji said that he has already forgiven those who inadvertently did so," he said.
Jain also defended Dadlani, saying that he realised his mistake and was deeply hurt over the whole issue and repeatedly sought forgiveness for his act.
"Vishal realised that he committed a mistake and was deeply hurt. He expressed apologies many times. It was not a matter of difference of opinion it was about a word that he unknowingly used," Jain said, rejecting the suggestion that his visit was a damage control exercise by AAP.
With inputs from PTI