Jain monk Tarun Sagar today ruled out any need for an apology from Bollywood musician Vishal Dadlani who had allegedly mocked him for addressing the Haryana state Assembly. In a tweet, Vishal had said, “Here’s the monk addressing the Haryana assembly. Sure that’s inoffensive to all. I apologise if I hurt anyone.” The statement sparked an outrage, following which the music composer denounced politics and quit the Aam Aadmi Party. Today the revered saint said that Vishal need not apologise as he was not angry at him at all. “The question of apology doesn’t arise as I am not angry with him in the first place,” ANI quoted the Jain monk as saying. He further said that he thinks that Vishal doesn’t know anything about Jainism.
Dadlani’s comment on Sagar had attracted hundreds of tweets criticising him, including the one by AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal who said: “He (Sagar) is a very revered saint not just for Jains but everyone. Those showing disrespect is unfortunate and shud stop”. Vishal later apologised for offending the religious sentiments of people. In his defence, he had said that he wanted religion and governance to remain separated. The Jain monk was unanimously invited by the state Assembly after an All-Party Meeting. The saint had talked about falling sex ratio and made a couple of suggestions for changing people’s viewpoint towards the girl child.