Muslims have a Pakistan, you don't, Sena tells Jains

Saamna editorial describes Jain community’s emphasis on non-violence hypocritical

MUMBAI – The Shiv Sena has strongly criticised the Jain community for insisting on a ban on meat during Paryushan Parva, warning it not to take on the sons of the soil with such demands, the Hindustan Times newspaper reported.

“Jains must not follow the path of Muslims and become fanatics. At least Muslims have Pakistan to go to. Where will the Jains go?” according to a fresh editorial published in Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece Saamna. Warning Jains not to take on the sons of the soil with such demands, the editorial said that the community would bite the dust if it persisted with such measures. Paryushan Parva is an eight-day period during which members of the Jain community observe fast and pray, and authorities in Maharashtra imposed a four-day ban on meat.

Sections of the Jain community have been pushing for a ban on slaughter of animals during Paryushan Parva, citing their religion’s emphasis on non-violence. But the Saamna editorial described the Jain community’s emphasis on non-violence hypocritical, reminding it of the 1992-93 riots. “The Sena protected Jains and their businesses from mobs. Hordes of Jains queued up outside Matoshree, wanting to thank Balasaheb for this. Why didn’t they remember this doctrine of non-violence then?” the editorial stated.

The editorial said that that the violence is not restricted to the killing of animals. “A large number of the city’s builders are Jains and have no qualms accepting black money from flat buyers. Accepting black money is a sin and also a form of violence. Do they stop accepting black money during Paryushan?” it questioned.

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