People will no longer be able to use the colloquial expression ‘Gorakh Dhanda’, which is usually used to describe unethical practices, in Haryana following a ban imposed by the state government. The decision by the Manohar Lal Khattar led BJP government was announced after representatives from the Gorakhnath community met the chief minister.
The usage of the expression has been banned in the state to ensure that the feelings of religious Guru Gorkahnath are not hurt, a government spokesperson said. The expression cannot be used in any context in the state, the spokesperson added.
What the Haryana CM said Gorakh Dhanda
“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,” Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said.
The delegation urged Manohar Lal Khattar to ban the use of the term as it hurts the sentiments of followers of Saint Gorakhnath. Manohar Lal Khattar then declared a ban on using the term and said Gorakhnath was a saint and using this term hurts the sentiments of his followers.
Who was Gorakhnath?
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 Gorakhpur 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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