Dr. Anand Ranganathan, a well-known consulting editor and columnist who has contributed to publications like Swarajya, has consistently made headlines for his vocal presence on social media, particularly Twitter. With a strong focus on national issues, Dr. Ranganathan frequently appears on television debates to share his insights. However, it’s his comments related to Hinduism and India that have recently sparked controversy. In this article, we’ll delve into the statements that have stirred up a storm and the ensuing reactions.
Dr. Anand Ranganathan’s Background
Before joining Swarajya, Dr. Anand Ranganathan had worked for notable media outlets such as Newslaundry, DNA, and The Newsminute. He has become a recognizable face across the country due to his regular appearances on news channels where he engages in debates on significant national issues. His outspoken views on matters involving Hinduism have often garnered attention, leading to discussions and debates that generate intense public interest.
Controversial Statements by Dr. Anand Ranganathan
A recent video clip of Dr. Anand Ranganathan posted on the Festival of Bharat’s YouTube channel has sparked a significant controversy. In this clip, he makes a startling assertion that has caught the attention of many. According to Dr. Ranganathan, the real tragedy lies in the growing hatred against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which he believes has evolved into animosity towards Hinduism and is now transitioning into hostility towards India as a whole. This perspective, indirectly suggesting a connection between those critical of Hinduism and Muslims, has ignited a firestorm of controversy and debate.
The “Anger” Comment
Dr. Anand Ranganathan further stoked controversy with a statement he made a few days ago. He quoted Mahatma Gandhi, often referred to as the Father of the Nation, saying, “Even if Muslims want to kill Hindus, Hindus should not be angry.” He shared this quote via Twitter, adding, “Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi had said on April 6, 1947, that even if Muslims wanted to kill us all, Hindus should not be angry with Muslims.” He went on to state, “If Muslims kill all Hindus and establish their rule, we will enter a new India.”
Gandhi and Gita Press
In another video, Dr. Anand Ranganathan expressed his view that Mahatma Gandhi was anti-Hindu when Gita Press received the Gandhi Award. This perspective on Gandhi’s stance regarding Hinduism has stirred discussion and raised questions about historical interpretations.
Recent Tweet on Prime Minister Modi
On July 12, 2023, Dr. Anand Ranganathan shared a tweet featuring a video of a news debate concerning the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana, a government initiative. In the tweet, he captioned the video with a statement that challenges the perception that Prime Minister Modi is anti-Muslim. Dr. Ranganathan suggests that the Saudi sheik’s revelation in the video counters the narrative of Modi’s alleged anti-Muslim stance. He further asserts that it’s high time Muslims examine the concrete accomplishments of various Prime Ministers, with a particular focus on the positive impact of Modi’s policies on their community.
Dr. Anand Ranganathan’s statements have ignited controversy and debate, with his perspectives on Hinduism, India, and historical figures like Mahatma Gandhi prompting discussions among the public. As his views continue to make waves on social media and in public discourse, they highlight the importance of open dialogue and the exchange of diverse opinions in a democratic society. Stay tuned for further developments on this matter as the discussions unfold.