In an interesting turn of events, the right-wing organisation Hindu Sena agreed with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s demand of incorporating Lord Ganesh and Goddess Laxmi’s pictures on Indian currency. However, their only beef is Mahatma Gandhi’s pictures should be removed.
Vishnu Gupta, the founder and the National President of the right-wing organization Hindu Sena said that it wasn’t enough to merely demand that the pictures of Indian Gods be put on rupee. It was also necessary to remove the picture of the Father of the Nation from it.
Speaking to The New Indian the Hindu Sena Gupta said: “In India money is worshipped. In its very essence it is accorded divine status and Goddess Laxmi is the presiding deity of wealth. It is a folly that till now we have kept using the picture of a mere human on money. I demand Gandhi’s photos should be removed from all currency notes and rupee with Goddess Laxmi’s pictures should be issued by the government. It would be an insult to Ma Laxmi if her pictures is put along with Gandhi.”
Earlier in the day the Delhi CM made an appeal to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bring in some changes on Indian currency in order boost the Indian economy. “My appeal to the Central government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is that on one side of the currency Gandhi ji’s picture should continue to stay. But on the other side, Ganesh ji and Laxmi ji’s photos should be printed,” he said.
Claiming that just bringing in measures to improve economy may not be enough and the blessings of Gods and Goddesses were necessary for the overall prosperity and economic well being of the country. “We need to make many efforts to improve the economic condition of the country. At the same time we also need the blessings of Gods and Goddesses. Laxmi ji is considered to be the Goddess of prosperity and Ganesh ji removes all disruptions from our path,” he said.
He also said if Indonesia being a Muslim country can put the pictures of Ganesh and Laxmi Ji, then why not India. “Out of overall population of Indonesia, 85 percent are of Muslim and only two percent are of Hindus. Despite that they have put the pictures of Ganesh Ji and Laxmi ji on their currency, ” he said.
The appeal comes weeks after posters of a skull-cap wearing Kejriwal had appeared in prominent cities of the poll-bound Gujarat. He was called anti-Hindu in them. Other AAP leaders in the state have also been accused of making anti-Hindu remarks. The Delhi government’s move of banning crackers on Diwali had also led to it being tagged “anti-Hindu.”
BJP has dismissed this demand as a gimmick and proof of Kejriwal’s political expediency.