Several celebrities and social media users have expressed their disappointment with the government after the pictures and videos of Naga Babas were spotted in Haridwar for Shahi Snan went viral on the internet. The devotees at Kumbh Mela were seen flouting the COVID-19 regulations that have been put in place to restrain the spread of the infection.
In this episode, Television actor Karan Wahi is one of them who voiced his opinion against this.
Karan took to his Instagram stories and wrote, “Isn’t there a Work From Home culture for Naga Babas? Like get water from Ganga and take a shower at home #justcurious #kumbhmela.”
However, his remark on Naga Babas and Kumbh Mela did not go well with the netizens and they slammed him for ‘hurting Hindu sentiments. Many used cuss language and gave him death threats while many asked him constantly to ‘delete his propaganda story against naga babas’.
Karan then wrote, “So I have received messages, abusive content, even death threats already. Wow people of India If being a Hindu is to turn a blind eye on covid protocols not being followed then a lot of u first need to read what being a Hindu is.”
In the end, he shared yet another story which reads, “I love you. You’re probably thinking ‘you don’t even know me’. But if people can hate for no reason, I can love.”
For the unversed, Haridwar has reported more than 1,000 coronavirus cases over the past 48 hours after lakhs of devotees were seen taking dips into the Ganga river at the Mahakumbh festival.
Random tests among the sadhus at the akhadas indicate a coronavirus positivity rate of nearly 4 %. So far, 19 of the 500 samples from the mela site have come back positive. The shahi snans have triggered the religious clash on Twitter and people comparing the situation with the Tablighi Jamaat controversy that took place in April 2020.