Yogi Adityanath’s description of Hanuman as ‘Dalit’ boomeranged on him; comparison seen to reinforce ‘subordinate’ status

Yogi Adityanath’s description of Hanuman as ‘Dalit’ boomeranged on him; comparison seen to reinforce ‘subordinate’ status

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Talk about getting boomeranged. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s propensity to play the religious card is known, but this time, it seems to have turned back on him. Caste groups from across the spectrum—backwards and Dalits to Brahmins—have vehemently rejected the Yogi’s election rally description of Hindu deity Hanuman as “a forest-dweller,” from a “deprived” background and yes, a “Dalit”.

Adityanath may have been drawn into making the comparison based on the commonplace understanding and visualisation of Hanuman as an ardent devotee of Lord Rama, who he faithfully serves during the latter’s exile.