Vishal Dadlani on Wednesday apologised to Jain monk Tarun Sagar for his tweet that created a controversy. Dadlani said, “Guruji'(Tarun Sagar) accepted my apology, I think we’ve also developed friendship bond.” Sagar accepeted his apology and said, “I have forgiven Vishal Dadlani and the Jain Samaj should also forgive him.” Last month, the Jain monk, who belongs to the Digambara sect of the religion, delivered a speech in the Haryana Assembly. Like all monks belonging to that school of thought, he did not wear any clothes while doing so. This led to Dadlani posting a tweet which he deleted later.
Dadlani later apologised for his tweet when it led to outrage, particularly from the Jain community. He stressed that his intention was not to offend anyone, but merely to make a statement that discourages the mixing of religion with politics — a hallmark of true secularism. After all, during his speech, the monk had been quoted as saying: “Dharma is the husband, politics is the wife. It is the duty of every husband to protect the wife. It is the duty of every wife to accept the discipline of the husband. If there is no control of dharma over politics, it will be like an elephant out of control.”
The controversy had also led to Dadlani quitting the Aam Aadmi Party. The Supreme Court had also refused protection from arrest to the music composer on the issue after an FIR was lodged against him in Haryana.