Haryana govt bans use of ‘Gorakh Dhanda’, says it hurts sentiments of Guru Gorakhnath’s followers

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Updated: August 19, 2021 7:59 AM

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar took the decision after the Gorakhnath community urged him to ban the use of the expression.

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar took the decision after the Gorakhnath community urged him to ban the use of the expression.

The Haryana government has banned in official communication the use of expression “Gorakh Dhanda”, generally used to describe unethical practices. 

According to an official statement, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar took the decision after the Gorakhnath community urged him to ban the use of the expression, saying that it hurts sentiments of followers of saint Gorakhnath. 

“Using this word in any official language, speech, or in any context hurts sentiments of followers of Guru Gorakhnath. Use of this word in whatsoever context has been completely banned,” Khattar announced on Wednesday.

Gorakhnath was an 11th century Hindu yogi who is considered to be an influential founder of the Nath Hindu monastic movement in India. The Gorakhnath Math and Gorkhapur in Uttar Pradesh are named after him.

“The delegation representing the Gorakhnath community met the chief minister and urged him to ban the use of the expression, saying it hurts the sentiments of Saint Gorakhnath. Accepting their request, the CM said that as Guru Gorakhnath was a saint, using this word in any official language, speech, or in any context hurts the sentiments of his followers,” the government spokesperson said.

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