Paramahamsa Nithyananda has disowned the video in which he is shown equating soldiers dying for their country as ‘suicide’ victims and killing enemy soldiers as ‘murder’.
The video showed Nithyananda saying soldiers would suffer the same fate as those committing murder and committing suicide in afterlife. But on Thursday, Nithyananda’s ashram has issued a clarification stating that the video was manipulated to tarnish his image. The original video link on YouTube now shows a message that reads “the video has been removed by the user.”
Ma Nitya Achalananda, a spokesperson for the ashram speaking to Mirror said, “The said video was by someone who is against Paramahamsa Nithyananda’s attempts to revive India to its original glory. It is a manipulated video and it is not on our official channel. Someone had uploaded it in our name. If it was ours why would we remove it? Since he (Nithyananda) is a leader of Hinduism, there are multiple sources out to destroy him and provoke people to make him look like an anti-national. There are 2-3 other similar videos trying to create a wrong impression about him. But I can send you hundreds of links to videos where he expresses his love, respect for India, its army and Constitution. The fake video is not in sync with his real thoughts.”
A new video of Nithyananda titled, “Clarification of Paramahamsa Nithyananda’s Comments on the Army” has been issued by his ashram on Thursday and is on the Nithyananda YouTube channel.
In the new video, Nithyananda says,
“Namaste. Some sections of media is tyring to create a controversy saying that I spoke something against Indian Army… some ideas being… cooked up. I just wanted to make my clarification very clearly. I have high regard for India, Indian Constitution and Indian Army. Especially Indian Army, I have a high respect, reverence for Indian Army. Because of Indian Army we are all safe, we are all protected, we are living peaceful life. So I wanted to make very clear statement here. I neither spoke anything against Indian Army or against our country. I am trying to clarify. I am basically a nationalist. I support Indian Army in every possible way, with my love, respect, reverence. I wanted to clear this controversy once for all. There are some vested interests, anti-Hindu forces, constantly trying to create controversies around, misquoting, misusing, abusing my words. So here I am giving you clarification once for all, ending this controversy, I am completely in love and in reverence with India and Indian Army. I just wanted to send my clarification to all the media and public and our my disciples, devotees everyone. So I am very clear, I support Indian Army and I support India. Some discussion somewhere happened about terrorism. So some things taken, misquoted, abused, morphed, manipulated, misrepresented. That is what, this is the way they try to create controversy. I am very clear, I respect, love, revere Indian Army. Thank you.”