Music composer and singer, Vishal Dadlani has written an open letter apologising for hurting religious sentiments of the Jain community.
Dadlani landed in hot water after remarks over Jain Muni Tarun Sagar’s naked appearance in a legislative assembly. In his tweet, Dadlani posted a picture of the Jain monk, which read Monkery of Democracy Monk giving religious sermon in Vidhan Sabha. Subsequently, he deleted his tweet but could not avoid the barrage of angry tweets from the public.
He apologiesed with a series of tweets, which read: I۪m sorry to have offended you and your beliefs too, Sir. My intent was not to hurt anyone. Spoke without thinking.
He also responded to a tweet by the AAP party, A lot is being said against AAP because I chose to quit. I just want to say, AAP is a family. Please keep faith in AK & the party! I made a mistake by offending the peaceful Jain community, and I felt the only way to truly apologise, was to renounce my ego, Never forget how hard AK & AAP have fought for all of us. AAP volunteers, stay strong & fight twice as hard. With you all, in spirit.
These tweets were followed with an apology open letter:
“It۪s been four days now, since I tweeted about the appearance of Muni Tarun Sagar ji in the Haryana State Assembly. I feel like I have failed in my duty as a human being, to be sensitive to the feelings of others. I had no intention whatsoever to cause any offence. I۪m not a religious man, but I know how much religion means to believers. I have asked for forgiveness from Muni Tarun Sagar ji, and his followers, several times, but it۪s not enough for the guilt and pain I feel. As a concerned Indian, I should have been especially careful to be sensitive to the sentiments of followers of Muni Tarun Sagar ji. Especially after receiving his forgiveness, I realise what a magnanimous and generous heart he has, and what strength lies within the gentleness of the Jain people. I have always stood up for the rights of every Indian, and I feel like I have failed my love for my country this time. Because it is the gentle and kind Muni Tarun Sagar ji who could have been affected, I know I have no reason to be afraid, but I do have strong reason to be hurt and disappointed with myself. I wish to apologise again, and also to state very clearly, that I am no longer going to be involved or associated with any political parties or individuals. In my capacity as an artist and a musician, I will only work for social causes, for the upliftment and betterment of the poor and underprivileged, as the Jain Community does. It is my ego that led me into speaking without thinking and unintentionally saying something that has caused unhappiness to my Jain friends. It is that same ego that I hope to defeat, with your help. I apologise again, from the depths of my heart, and ask that Muni-ji and all my Jain brothers and sisters, forgive me. I promise you all, it is a mistake that will not be repeated. In a display of true Jain generosity, Muni-ji has already said that my statement is irrelevant to him and that he forgives me, but I still feel the need to personally ask his forgiveness again, and that of any and all his followers and those from the Jain community who I may have caused unhappiness. It is my fervent hope that I can convey that I have the greatest respect for him and the Jain religion. I ask your forgiveness in the spirit of Paryushan_Michhami Dukkadam.”