The former member of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) whose complaint against the AIB Knockout led to state’s Cultural Affairs Minister Vinod Tawde ordering an inquiry has now turned his attention towards the Valentine’s Day celebrations.
Vowing to put an end to this “poisonous practice” this year, the Saki Naka-based Akhilesh Tiwari says he will meet these couples and youngsters and urge them to observe February 14 as ‘Matru-Pitru diwas’ (Parents day).
Tiwari, who runs an organisation by the name of Brahman Ekta Seva Sanstha, claims he will deploy thousands of volunteers across Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai to keep an eye on youngsters celebrating Valentine’s Day on February 14. “We want to stop people kissing in public. Our volunteers will observe youngsters frequenting public places and tell them what they are doing is against Indian culture. Copying western culture will not serve any purpose, it will destroy them instead,” he says.
Tiwari (44), however, says his organisation would not indulge in violence, unlike other right-wing groups opposed to Valentine’s Day. “Violence only turns young people against our culture. We will engage with young people and attempt to change their thinking. By spreading public awareness, we can put an end to this poisonous practice,” he said.
Meanwhile, Tawde said, “I have not received any representations or letters from any organisation on Valentine’s Day so far. I will not entertain such demands and requests unless there is some serious issue that affects the masses. We are not here to do moral policing.”